Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Once Upon a Neve’s Eve

Well, my faithful, fluffy fans. I have just passed the 30,000 word mark. *Cheering and singing and vigorous pelvic-thrust-dancing*
A little bit of brain marination and I was able to get a few new ideas to throw into the Soulless cookie dough, getting me out of my little slump and back into keyboard pounding. Lots of interesting things have happened in these new 10,000 words, including an encounter with a unicorn, some wand waving, the learning of some new hunting skills, a new Soul-wraith ability explained, and the third member of the main character party, Quintin; his introduction has finally found its correct place. I was so excited with Quin's introduction that I wrote it ages ago. I have now caught up to this part. The character dynamics between the three are going to be delicious.
Here is a tiny excerpt from my newest chapters. I was suddenly required to write a lullaby well known to all children of the Geathan realm. This is what I wrote. Surprisingly, it only took me a few minutes. I really quite like it.
Once upon a Neve’s eve,
A bluebird came to stay...
The sweetest little bluebird,
Your eyes did ever sway...
The cold she was a bitter thief,
Tried to turn sweet bluebird grey,
Go away yon horrid Neve’s eve
Don’t steal my blue away...
The song is supposed to be sung by a parent to their child, and the child is sort of the subject of the rhyme, the bluebird that it speaks of. Neve, you might remember from a previous post, is the Geathan name for winter. Here the parent is asking that the winter not be too harsh and kill their child. I'd noticed that most nursery rhymes are a quite morbid like that, so I wanted to write something similar.
Currently I am at home and as such get very strange looks and many orders to go to bed when I'm writing. See, just lately, my brain has decided that the perfect time to do some writing has been midnight and the early hours of the morning. My parents hate this because I then usually sleep in till midday and they can't get me to do anything around the house. But I'm glad that I am finally getting on with it. I really like writing, but sometimes my brain just doesn't.

I have also been pondering something else lately. The name of this blog. Do you think I should change it? Do you even understand it? The few people I have talked to about my blog haven't seemed to get it at first - I had to explain it to them. And if the consensus is that a change wouldn't be too bad, what would I change it to? I've been trying to come up with witty names that also have a personal and writerly ring to them like 'In Vain I Have Snuggled' already does for me, but have so far come up with nada. Tell me what you reckon, or if you have any ideas for a new name.

The sweetest little bluebird...

Wearing: Shorts and grey tee with a pink tie printed on it.

Eating: Got to go to dinner in about one second. Mum's calling.

Feeling: Good. It's been a good day. Been watching all of the Grimm ^_^

Listening to: Execute - F.O.O.L


  1. I like the rhyme! It sounds legit.

    And I think I understand the title. It has to do with love and failure? Anywho, I don't think you should change it. It is quite awesome, and fits you well.

    YAY!!!!!!!! A few thousand words closer to publication!!!!!!! WWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    1. Lol, that's not what it means at all. 'In vain I have struggled' is a rather famous quote by the writer Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. I put my own twist on it - in vain I have SNUGGLED - because, well, I like snuggles.
      And this just reiterates my point!


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