Weekend Writing Warriors ~ An Expedition

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors.  I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. As usual, I’m preparing to enjoy it, as soon as I finish this, that and the other. This, or maybe it’s that, is finishing the first draft of Snow, my reimagined fairy tale inspired by the tale of Snow White. I’m sure I’ll be ready to go out there and enjoy the nice weather by Labor Day. Or maybe Halloween.

On to the snippet: After the hunting party discovers a gremlin nest, Gabriel muses on the place from whence it came; the Black Forest.  You can read last week’s snippet here.

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But the lore and legends of the forest remained alive in the minds of the people, and the dark threat across the river loomed over all the neighboring lands. Intrigued, Gabriel had studied various tomes and papers on the nature of the Black Forest and its creatures. As a naturalist with a scientific mind, he mused on the idea of leading an expedition into the forest, but everyone he’d dared mention the idea to had been dead set against it, especially his uncle, Lord of Craigmoor, who’d threatened to lock Gabriel in a tower if he ever spoke of it again.

“Are you coming?” Falkner called. He stood alone in a small clearing, his men having ridden on ahead. Gabriel joined him and searched the sky for the sun. The day had bled into evening and dark would soon fall.

“I suppose I must, though I don’t see the point. Tell me, Falkner, do you suppose the presence of a gremlin might explain the lack of game? Surely the natural animals would all be terrified of such a creature?”

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Tales of the Forest

Greetings and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Today my sentences are rather long. We can thank Gabriel for that. He’s fallen into a contemplative mood now that his brother and the rest of the hunting party has gone ahead, leaving him alone with the Gavin Falkner, his thoughts, and possibly a lurking magical creature or two.  You can read last week’s snippet here.  This snippet is from Snow, my current work in progress.

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Falkner walked away along the narrow animal trail they’d been traversing, back to his own horse, and Gabriel followed, although not in a direct line, leading a skittish Tempest in a wider circle around the nest. He felt better now that the hunt had ridden off without him, and was intensely curious about this gremlin business.

His mother’s people, an ancient family, had once claimed descent from magical beings of the forest, but when the war broke out and magic was labeled a dishonorable weapon of the enemy, their lineage became something to sweep under the rug, not boast about.

That did not mean his mother ever gave up her beliefs, and Gabriel had been weaned on tales of the forest. Frightened and fascinated, he’d honored her wishes, and never stepped a toe into that cursed wood. Even his brother only engaged in brief forays across the border, a bit of bravado to prove his mettle.

At Craigmoor, their uncle’s stronghold to the north, the Black Forest was both farther and closer. In simple physical distance, it ran along the entire border, merely a long arrow shot across the river, but the river ran through a deep gorge, with steep cliffs on both sides. The twisted trees of the Black Forest clung to the far side like a wall fashioned by demented builders, impenetrable, and certainly uninviting. No roads existed and the only bridge over the gorge had been destroyed long ago.

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Mark My Words

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide range of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less. I’m continuing to share from Snow, a reimagined fairy tale based on the tale of Snow White.  In my version, Snow White is a prince named Gabriel, and in this scene, he’s in the forest alone with the huntsman. But don’t worry, his heart is safe. For now.

Last week, Falkner (the huntsman) warned Gabriel not to tell the king about the gremlin nest they’d discovered, because he’d force them to go into the black forest to hunt monsters.  Falkner speaks first:

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“Mark my words, he’ll make us do it if he sees this. I’ll tell him, but later, after we’ve killed the damn thing and he’s in a more…” he trailed off, eyes averted.

“When he’s in a more rational state of mind,” Gabriel completed his thought.

Falkner nodded, relief palpable on his face. Gabriel had no desire to explore the murky edges of the Black Forest, but was surprised Falkner cared so much. Like Tristan, Falkner was of the sort who feared nothing, even when he should.

Another discussion for later, Gabriel decided. If magical creatures were on the move in the world of men, he needed to know about it.

“Where is my brother?” he asked, realizing only then that the sounds of dogs baying and men shouting had faded into the distance.

“They must have caught the scent of the stag.”

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Monster Hunt

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  I’m sharing from one of my WIPs, a reimagined fairy tale based on the story of Snow White, cleverly titled (for now) Snow.

In this scene, Prince Gabriel and the head huntsman, Gavin Falkner, are investigating what Falkner has identified as a gremlin nest, much to Gabriel’s disbelief.  Near the nest, Gabriel uncovered a human skull.  I skipped ahead a few lines from last week’s snippet. Gabriel speaks first:

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“You speak so calmly of gremlins and their doings, when there’s not been one seen in half a century.” Gabriel glanced at the skull again and shivered. Had a gremlin really crossed the border and killed a human being? His great-uncle had killed a gremlin in the last war and had its head mounted in the great hall. An unfortunate choice, for it looked like nothing so much as a huge, unhappy toad with fangs. The “trophy” now hung in the darkest corner, its knobby head coated with dust and cobwebs.

“I’ve patrolled the border for most of my life,” Falkner said, and left it at that.

“Whatever the king may suspect, we shouldn’t keep this from him.”

Falkner turned on him, eyes flashing. “Do you really want to ride into the Black Forest on a monster hunt?”

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

 

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Fevered Dreams

Welcome to my corner of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share experts from their work in ten sentences or less. I’ve been sharing from my reimagined take on Snow White, currently titled Snow (I know, not very original. I’m working on it). I’m determined to get through this chapter before I switch over to something new and shiny.

In this scene, Prince Gabriel has discovered a human skull amongst the bones littering an unusual nest that the huntsmen uncovered while tracking a stag.  Falkner is the head huntsman and quickly tells Gabriel not to mention it to the king.  You can read last week’s snippet here.

Gabriel speaks first:

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“What obsession? Tell me what’s going on.”

Falkner folded his arms more tightly, looked over his shoulder and in a low voice said, “His obsession with black magic and the creatures of the Black Forest.”

“What’s that got to do with—”

“This is a gremlin nest.”

This declaration surprised Gabriel so much he let out a short laugh. “Surely you don’t believe that?”

Falkner shook his head. “There have been sightings; plausible ones, not just the fevered dreams of old hermits who’ve had too much mead. The king is convinced this is all due to the queen’s death and that powers within the forest now think they can challenge his authority.”

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Obsession

Hello and welcome to my Weekend Writing Warriors post.  It’s good to be back after a two week break. I went on a writing retreat for part of that time, so pretty soon I’ll be sharing excerpts from the next Jacqui the Cat book. For now, though, I’m continuing with my re-imagined fairy tale, titled Snow. In this scene, Prince Gabriel is reluctantly taking part in the royal hunt. The head huntsman, Falkner, has discovered a mysterious nest in the woods, and Gabriel found something even more disturbing. You can read the last snippet here.

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Falkner sent his men off to look for tracks, then moved closer, arms crossed over his chest.

“What?”

Gabriel stepped back, and toed aside a clump of ivy. There, moss covered and gray, was a skull.

“Oh, holy hounds of Astrid. Don’t let the king see that.”

“Why ever not?” Gabriel asked, surprised by the huntsman’s reaction, “That’s a human skull, which means there’s been a death on the king’s land. It must be investigated.”

“We mustn’t feed his obsession,” Falkner said.

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Thunderstorms, mist and rain helped put me in the correct mood on my retreat.

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Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:

Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist, the magical denizens of the bordering Black Forest are on the move, and Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil force afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient powers at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover them.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book.