It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.
Not only are we switching to an unfamiliar POV character this week, we are switching to another book altogether. I know it’s kinda mean, but by the time this post goes up I’ll have finished the first draft of Valley of the Shadow, and I’m so excited about it right now, I can’t think of anything else. So it only seems reasonable to share a little snippet from that. Though I must say, finding a spoiler-free one was quite a job, since it picks up right after Rise of the Storm‘s cliff-hanger ending..
Prince Arryk of Norovaea is Gwynneth’s older brother and will be a key player in Valley of the Shadow. In this snippet, he’s just received a letter from Gwynneth and wants to read it to his father, King Andres. The problem is, the king is very ill and his chief adviser, Norvel Classen, is trying to keep everyone away from him. You’d think he was Harper Lee or something.
Arryk entered the palace from the stableyard, then took the main staircase two steps at a time, heedless of the mud he left on the Zastwar carpet.
He passed the guards standing at the doors to the king’s personal wing as if they weren’t there. He knew they’d been told to stop him, but he also knew they’d never dare. All was quiet in the long corridor, but he saw two more guards at the doors to the bedchamber. He practiced swordplay with them several times a week. They wouldn’t stop him either
“Is the king alone?” Arryk asked without slowing down.
“Only Count Classen is with him, and he asked not to be disturbed.”
“Naturally,” Arryk said with a friendly nod as he pushed the door open. .
Previous snippets are here
It seems I got over my post-book release slump and I’m writing again. I wish someone had warned me PBRS was an actual psychological condition. Valley of the Shadow will finish out at around 165k words, and then I have some editing to do. If it’s anything like Rise of the Storm, I’ll end up cutting around 30k. *gulp* I haven’t yet decided if I’ll jump right into editing, or take a little break to write something short. I’m contemplating a spin-off series and wouldn’t mind dabbling my toes in a fake English Civil War, just for a little change. Since I never write anything short, it might be a challenge! If I go ahead with it, you might see bits of it in coming weeks..by