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So, my horror novel, Awaken, is done baking and now I'm reading through the rough draft. The first fourth of it is pretty polished, then I went through a NaNo frenzy on finishing it, got 50,000 rough (aka badly formed) words on it, then finished the entire novel in February.

Now, after letting it sit, I'm reading through it as my cats battle for my attention.

Looking forward to polishing this one up! I love the characters and I love my world. I'll have to write more about it here.
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I'm pleased to introduce you to Nekoka and Jenni from my Seeded series.

“It was a dark and stormy night,” Nekoka said with some relish, dipping her voice into something dark and ominous.

From the kitchen nook, Jenni looked up from her paperwork out through the French doors and into the sunny, spring morning. A bird twittered as it hopped through the lawn. She immediately went back to her paperwork.

“And the Jabberwacky oozed up from the kitchen drain, slurping its amorphous form over the lip of the sink and landing onto the tiled floor with a schloop.” Nekoka smacked her lips on the ‘p’.

“Jabberwocky.” Jenni scribbled something with her pen.

Nekoka turned away from the bright morning to look at her friend, eyes narrowed. “The Jabberwacky,” she stressed, “slid across the tiles towards the unsuspecting woman…”

Jenni’s pen kept dancing over the page.

Nekoka pursed her lips, drawing them down into a little frown. With her gaze on Jenni, she pulled herself to her full five feet two inch height, until one of her shoulders dipped. Kind of wilted. Next her chest began dripping down her front like a scoop of ice cream down the side of its cone on a spring day such as this. Jenni didn’t look up. Nekoka’s face took on the melted look next, a wax statue left out in the Arizona sun. In a fluid motion, her entire body lost its form and succumbed to disintegration. Her lips remained intact, though, as she spoke her final words, “And the Jabberwacky sought out its prey, smothering the woman as she thrashed, struggling for her life as the Jabberwacky sucked out her very soul through her pores.”

Nekoka dribbled to the floor into a puddle, its green surface reflecting the incandescent lighting from above. The mass of goo undulated its way under the desk and began sliding up Jenni’s bare feet.

Jenni brushed at it with her foot.

The ooze climbed up her thigh.

Jenni set down the pen, pushed her chair back and stared at the animate clump of goo that had reached her lap. She sighed.

“Fine. I’ll finish the paperwork later.”

A flat face surfaced within the puddle. It smiled.

“Brat.” Jenni patted the ooze, then stood, waiting for the slime to disengage her legs, and walked to the French doors. “Come on, Jabberwacky.” Jenni stepped out into the bright day and behind her, Nekoka, now normal in form, followed.
vanessamac: (Me - Top of the World)

It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of dedication. For some of us, it's a second job that pays little to nothing. But we do it because it's a love.

I've 'won' NaNoWriMo eight times. That means I've got eight rough drafts lying around. One of them, a more recent creation, is Three Great Lies: An Egyptian Fairytale. I've set this novel free, afloat on the contrails of a regular stream of query letters. The second, Awaken [lead me to death], is on the spinners wheel, still being formed, molded to send thrills and chills down people's spines. I've just completed the rough draft and now the real work comes.

Another of my NaNoWriMo roughs, a mere 50,000 word skeleton for a larger beast, is the Seeded series. Seeded is set in a near future world where people have developed and grown a 'Seed' within their bodies, that somehow allows them to break physics in amazing ways. It's a superhero series, though few of my characters want to be heroes.

At the core of the story are two best friends: Nekoka and Jenni. Nekoka is a computer telekinetic with an affinity for cats (including alterforming into them) and no respect for authority, and Jenni is a vanilla flavored telepath with a heavy hand in a bar brawl, not that she would ever brawl for brawling's sake.

There's a large cast of characters for this series and I think this is a great opportunity to explore them for myself, and for those interested in the world. These are more like free writes, and sometimes I might give a character a power that's just too much for the book, so don't consider this total canon.

It will take a little time to get my Seeded novel polished and in the can, but I'd like to introduce you to Nekoka and Jenni so maybe you can learn to love them as I have.
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So, one more rough draft primed and ready to go.

The horror novel is done. Lots of edits to be made, but all in all the skeleton and some of the sinew is all mapped out.

My intention is to let it sit for a month, then come back for the hack/slash editing. My first 5ish chapters are pretty good/polished, but even those have to be updated for things I've put in later in the book.

This one is exciting, heart-breaking, and full of mystery.

I can't wait!
vanessamac: (Me - Top of the World)
I’m excited to be able to post a link to Bohemia Magazine, available to read online for free. My story, Infallible Universal Order, is presented on page 20. My old penname is used (Meridian), so don’t let that throw you.
In a fight for the future of God and the universal order, two factions of angels war. Born from prophecy, the battle takes more than its due, and both champions fall. A story of forbidden love encompassed in 1,300 words.

This is my first professional publication.

I am going to be reading this story, and an excerpt of the novel I’m currently shopping out (Three Great Lies), at Portland’s Rain or Shine Café on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30 pm. My friend Sonja Thomas is reading with me and her writing is amazing!

This is a first step on a long, exciting journey. I hope you enjoy the story.

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