I know I just wrote my Trycanta Tuesday post, but these are different dragons and cats. In the cat department, we have the ones who are prowling around my ankles and mewing pitifully because they think they haven't yet been fed. And as for dragons, do you remember what my speech recognition software is called?
But there are writing examples of both types of creature to be talked about today, on Sampler Saturday, as well. First up, we have cats, or rather cat-like beings—the Aelur, who star in Killdeer, and at least one of whom is insisting that she would like to be known as a social justice barbarian (long story).
I've had several people tell me that since reading "Music Hath Charms", they can't wait to see what happens in the rest of Killdeer. I'm greatly flattered, but have to warn you that after we leave Elspeth and Nightsinger for the first time, we don't get back to them for nearly half the next section of the novel.
Instead we move to the point of view of Suncrest and Duskdance, who have been more or less peacefully pursuing their lives. Why more or less? Well, in Aelur society, women wield almost all power, and men are expected to come and go as they are told. Suncrest, as a man of the greater galaxy, is something of a shock to them…
But that, quite literally, is a story for another day. I would also like to take a moment to tell you about the novella I've just started, "A Thousand Flowers", which will, if everything works out as I currently intend, be one of the longer pieces in my next short story collection, Here Be Dragons. (Are you starting to see a theme here?)
Marisa is newly arrived to the colony world of Venice, and she's not impressed. She's lived on five worlds in her eleven years, and Venice appears to be nothing but a ball of mud. To make matters worse, she's stuck in a wildlife explorations class, mucking through the mud to study the swamp dragons of Venice.
But while her mother Annalisa searches for the roots of the colony's problems, Marisa begins to wonder if she's found them out herself. Certainly she can't believe everything she hears, or everything she sees, or even everything she thinks, because hidden within the mud, there's a surprisingly beautiful secret…
So watch for that, though I don't know when it will be done. There's an awful lot going on just now. Case in point, two writing-related bits of news! The first relates to my Personal Novel Writing Month, which I mentioned in my last blog post—I've created a tracking page on this very website to keep myself accountable with my word count.
The second is my newly launched Smashwords interview, which will not tell you anything startlingly new and different about me but is a fun way to get to know me a little more. Please go have a look, and then come on back and let me know what other questions you might like me to answer if and when I update the interview.
That's all for Sampler Saturday, so dictating from my comfortable bed, I say thank you and ta-ta for now! (Sesame says purr. But then, Sesame is a cat and Sesame very often says purr. Especially when she wants more love.)