Oathbreaker

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~ Oathbreaker is now available to read in full on Wattpad ~

Longlisted for The Wattys 2018 – 31 August 2018
* * * Shortlisted for The Wattys 2018 – 14 September 2018 * * *

Summary

Eleri, priestess of the Green Lady, has waited for so long to marry her tribe’s champion, Celyn. Finally, the date is set for Midsummer’s Eve, when the tribes have gathered in the valley to celebrate the longest day at the stone circle perched up on the hill. But nothing is as it seems…

A glimpse of a bird circling over the stones foretells of doom…and maybe even death.

An oath is made. An oath is broken. And Eleri’s life changes forever…

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Oathbreaker is a story inspired by ancient history, mythology, and the landscape. Set in the Iron Age, where there is no distinction between history and mythology, and where magic is as real as the ground beneath your feet, Oathbreaker charts the journey of Eleri, Priestess of the Green Lady, and the unusual quest she finds herself forced to make…

If you enjoy historical fiction, myths and legends, fantasy, adventure and romance, you might enjoy this too…

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The Three Ways To The World

I stood looking at the three entrances, scratching my head. A normal sized door, a really big door, and a double-gated archway. Why were there three? And which one was I suppose to use?

I’d never seen anyone enter the castle – or leave it – through these doors, but it was here I’d been directed to. I recalled the message: Go to The Three Ways To The World at midnight. Make your escape. Good luck.

Here I was, before The Three Ways, at midnight, as instructed, but suddenly I wasn’t sure I wanted to leave any more. I had been inside the castle for ten years. Perhaps it was better I stayed there?

A creaking sound, loud enough to wake the whole citadel, echoed through the night. I started to panic.  One of the doorways was opening, but which one, and to where did it lead?

‘Come, enchanter. Freedom awaits…’


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #1

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #1

For those of you who enjoy writing prompts, a new weekly creative challenge has just started over on Crimson Prose…

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Britannia Barracks #CCC1

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here’s some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope, and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

To share your acts of inspired creativity simply tag it #CCC
To view all contributions, search #CCC in the WP Reader

Here’s wishing you inspirational explosions. And FUN.

Details of the photo are given, if relevant, below this line


#CCC 1  one time Britannia Barracks, home of the Royal Norfolks, now HM Prison. Norwich.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #80 – Castle

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Castle

Challenge

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!


Weekend Writing Prompt Year 1 Anthology – Read for free here

 

NaNo 2018 – Days 6, 7 & 8

Daily record of my 2018 NaNoWriMo journey…


NaNo 2018 – Days 6, 7 & 8

Goals:

  • To hit daily minimum word target of 1667
“It’s slow going, but I’m not as far behind today as I was yesterday…”

My cold has really knocked me for six these past few days, hence no NaNo journal updates. I haven’t done much for three days at all, and I guess it will be like that for a few more days yet.

I’ve decided to skip posting Friday and Monday updates for Oath Broken – I would much rather wait until I’m feeling 100% before publishing chapters. Hopefully by the time next Friday comes around, I will be back on form.  And, apologies, I’m behind with responding to comments, so please bear with me…

So let’s take a look at what I’ve been doing / not doing for NaNo for the last three days:

Day 6 I did absolutely nothing in terms of writing, though I did think about writing – a lot! If only that counted…

Day 7 I just about managed a short scene for Novel #3, amassing a total of 454 words before giving in.

Today (Day 8) has been a little better. I’ve reduced the notes on my phone from 488 to 426 (which includes 4 new notes I’ve started – sigh). I also completed Short Story #3 and wrote a chapter for Novel #3.

Currently, I’m 2000+ words behind where I would like to be, but there is still plenty of November left to catch up, so I’m not too worried.  And at least, I’m not as far behind as I was yesterday…

Achieved:

  • Hit daily minimum word count 1 day out of 3 days
  • Reduced the number of notes on my phone
  • Short Story #3 completed
  • Wrote 1 chapter & 1 scene for Novel #3
  • Total word count for Days 6, 7 & 8 – 2217
  • Monthly total so far – 11724

NaNo 2018 – Day 5

Daily record of my 2018 NaNoWriMo journey…


NaNo 2018 – Day 5

Goals:

  • To hit daily minimum word target of 1667
  • Edit Chapter 2 of Oath Broken
“Something is better than nothing…”

A slow day. I did wonder if I was going to bother trying to get anything done, but I have scheduled Mondays (along with Fridays) as posting days for chapters for Oath Broken on Wattpad. So, I did edit and post chapter 2. You can read Oath Broken here. Sorry for the shameless promotion but I need to fill today’s post out somehow… 😉

I decided to call it quits for today, once that was completed. I’m ahead of the estimated word count for this stage of the challenge (8,333), thanks to a good Day 1 & 2, but I am almost 1000 words short of the daily minimum target. But at least those numbers are still ticking over…

Maybe I’ll look into some more writing techniques. Any suggestions?

Achieved:

  • Oath Broken Chapter 2 edited
  • Total word count for Day 5 – 685
  • Monthly total so far – 9507

NaNo 2018 – Day 4

Daily record of my 2018 NaNoWriMo journey…


NaNo 2018 – Day 4

Goals:

  • To hit daily minimum word target of 1667
  • Edit Short Story #2
“A day of low expectations…”

Today’s entry is a brief one…

Day 4 was pretty much a re-run of Day 3. My cold is keeping my expectations in check, so I aimed to reach the minimum daily word goal (by any means necessary), hopefully editing Short Story #2 along the way. At some points, even that seemed unobtainable, but I got there in the end, thanks to the time I spent on Novel #3, which contributed half of the words I needed. I also edited Short Story #2, which was thankfully nice and short and easy. The rest of the time, I focused on the organisational task I mentioned yesterday. The notes on my phone have been reduced from 517 to 488. If I can get that number down to 125-150 by the end of the month, I will count that a success!

I’m off to rest now, in preparation for tomorrow’s NaNo adventure 😉

Achieved:

  • Hit minimum word target
  • Organisational task – reduced number of notes to 488
  • Completed a chapter for Novel #3
  • Short Story #2 edited
  • Total word count for Day 4 – 1690
  • Monthly total so far – 8822

NaNo 2018 – Day 3

Daily record of my 2018 NaNoWriMo journey…


NaNo 2018 – Day 3

Goals:

  • To hit daily minimum word target of 1667
“Best laid plans and all that…”

My cold has struck with full force. I barely slept last night so I set my sight on the barest of goals…to meet the daily minimum word target of 1667 words.

I decided to work on Novel #3 – I have three novels in progress that are set in the same world as Oathbreaker. This involved typing up and expanding some scenes that I’ve been writing on my smartphone for the past few weeks.

This also overlapped one of my NaNo organisational goals: I have over 500 “notes” stored on my phone – complete and incomplete poetry and flash fiction, and chapters and scenes from longer projects, as well as ideas, planning notes and venues for submissions. It’s time these notes are stored somewhere more permanent, where I can’t easily delete them or lose them should something go wrong with my phone.

So a relatively easy day. I reached my target after about 45 mins then turned off the PC, hoping that I might get some more done in the afternoon. I didn’t. Tomorrow’s another day.

Achieved:

  • Hit minimum word target
  • Started major organisational task – number of notes on phone now 517
  • Total word count for Day 3 – 1701
  • Monthly total so far – 7132