What You Need to Know About Your Next Plenilunar Obsession


This is the post where I finally reveal which Plenilunar novel I'm working on! Ready?  Set?  First of all, you're going to need this -


Not because the book is boring (PFFT), but because it will be EXTREMELY PERTINENT and who doesn't like living their book out as they read it?  I ASK YOU.  


Rich clothing, expensive jewels, masquerades?  I mean, what kind of writer would I be without indulging in these things when I can?  AGAIN, I ASK YOU.


The killer might of the big cat.  I'm not sure if the answer is "Yes, please!" or "Oh no."  Look at this beauty: raw, majestic, carnivorous power.  My reader is this cat's next meal.


Were you worried?  Everyone's favourite crush makes a comeback in this next novel.  Yes, it's him, the one and only - DAMMERUNG.  THIS IS THE BEST NEWS YOU'RE GOING TO GET ALL DAY.

Hint #1: this story is a rewrite, because I am a super picky perfectionist who won't give you anything but her best.  Hint #2: nooope, this is not "Adamantine," because that novel isn't Plenilunar.  Okay.  Okay.  You ready?  It's

ethandune

BOOM.  The very large cat is out of the equally large bag.  I'm just getting into the rewrite - like, FROM SCRATCH rewrite, because I'm THAT picky and I want to completely overhaul this plot and make it awesome.  Stay tuned!  No doubt there will be snippets in the future.

missed my inspiration collages? check them out here because they are gorgeous.

VERY SMALL PERSONAL UPDATE.  I am dealing with some physical issues - debilitating headaches, exhaustion, poor sleep, acute + chronic depression, yuckiness type stuff - so my progress is slow, but I'm making strides to beat the monster (please let's pray God shows me a) how to work through this, or b) how to work with this), so that I can pursue this newest manuscript with all the grit I have.

thank you so much for reading!  are you excited? i am so. excited.


I ducked in, blushing profusely, and set the coffee tray down in place of the tea. As I made myself busy preparing their cups, they revolved on around my head, like the stacked circles of the ever-looping heavens whirling round, regardless of a sparrow on the ground. For a moment my hands worked blindly, for I was in confusion. They were always kind to me—too kind, as was their way; I found they were uncommonly beneficent to people whom they chose to like, and had more than once seen the surprise and discomfiture it had brought to other people as they struggled to find their footing. But never before had I felt the dizzy confusion myself. I was suddenly abashed, unaccountably shy, when before there had been nothing but a child’s patient ease to serve. Here I was on the brink of manhood, and they were beginning to see me as such, but I had not yet arrived, and the between-place had of a sudden turned a moment to sour which I thought should have been sweet.

You seem to have your tongue hinged at the middle.”
“Sooth?” mused Dammerung. He leaned down and handed his empty cup back to Fairfax. “You’re not the first to mention.”

When we left Marenov√© House the next morning, it was well before sunrise and the land was a shroud of deep blue mist and the ominous dark shapes of the woodland around us. Through the days we climbed, for the road northeast to Ethandune was of a gradually ascent, dipped once into a corner of Capys, and came out again into the Mares. A misshapen, sprawling Honour, the Mares. I came of gypsy background, and though I came into Dammerung’s service early in my life, I had then been old enough to recall some recollection of long, overshadowed tracks that smoked with dust and smelled of bees and hay and rockrose on the pasture walls. The summer-colour of my childhood was not unlike the days through which I rode in Dammerung’s little train, but it was touched with the early faint frost of manhood stealing over me, and the foreboding which haunted me and buried, sometimes, at the corner of the Overlord’s mouth when he had his thoughts to himself.

The sheriff bared his teeth to answer, but in the same moment, with his the first two fingers of his rein-hand, Dammerung put back the long flap of his riding jacket to bare the hilt of his sword.
Not a great gesture—only a little thing. Not a beautiful sword—only a battered, serviceable piece. And yet the sight of it sent a visible jolt through the alpha-dog sheriff; under the high-trained sunlight of the coastal town, his face turned deathly white.
“It is not every day that the Overlord asks a favour of you.” Dammerung’s voice had become gentle again, and yet not at all kind. His eyes flashed an upward, mocking laugh-light. “Best be gracious.”


{ethandune pinterest board}

all images via pinterest. yep. that disclaimer again.

20 ripostes:

  1. WHOOP WHOOP. Huzzah for total rewrites that make you question your sanity and everything you thought maybe you knew about a) the story and b) your ability to write! I'm super excited to see Simon & Ethandune again, plus the visuals are amazing. "Thumbs way, way up for our leading lady!" XD

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    1. Simon & Ethandune. :3 :3 :3

      Yeah, just so you know (because you know), the subtext to "I am a super picky perfectionist who won't give you anything but her best" is "WOW I COMPLETELY FAILED THE FIRST TIME THIS IS EMBARRASSING LET'S PLAY IT COOL & PRETEND WE'RE STILL IN CONTROL." Because, you know. Yeah...

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  2. Huzzah for snippets!

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're not doing well...I'd never be able to tell by the quality of your writing. I hope you're soon refreshed & back in your stride.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the snippets!

      Yes, I do try very hard not to let on when I'm down-and-out or struggling. I know that means people always assume I've got it all together, but I'd almost prefer that to sounding like I'm whining about my struggles all the time. Because that's not cool either! But I think my followers do care, so a minor note just to update everyone on MYSELF seemed to be a (happy??) medium. :) Thank you so much for your kindness and well-wishing. <3

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  3. *HUGS YOU!* I'll keep you in my prayers. Headaches are awful:( (I had one that woke me up from my sleep last summer with such a fury that I didn't know what had happened to me.) Here's hoping you, best this monster. The snippets were wonderful, I loved every bit.

    You are a fantastic writer and I saw this with absolute confidence. Plenty of love and hugs.

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    1. *please pardon my errant comma in "here's hoping."

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  4. Two thoughts:
    1) A large part of writing the first draft was for your husband while you were far from home. No matter what it came out as (and I liked it though knew it would need some work), it served that purpose so has earned a level of success. Beyond that, you have the broad brush view of the book so have a much better idea of where you want to take it this time.
    2) I'm looking forward to school being done and am hoping we can work out some 'Grandma and the girl' time so you have a little more time for yourself - for rest or writing.

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  5. Dammerung???? NO SERIOUSLY DAMMERUNG IS BACK???
    Say no more, I love the book already.

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    1. DID I NOT SAY THIS IS THE BEST NEWS YOU'LL GET ALL DAY?? I DELIVER.

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  6. Dammerung is back! Whoop!

    I like the perspective of writing from his younger servant's POV. It reminds me of what I loved best in King of Attolia.

    Also, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with a book (or two) that needs from-scratch rewriting.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, Dammerung is the sort of person you have to write from another person's perspective. Being in his head for the purpose of writing a novel would be the worst stream-of-consciousness book in the history of EVER. XD

      "Ethandune" and "Adamantine" are my two rewrite-from-scratch stories. I have to say, the terror DOES wear off. As time goes by and you distance yourself from the original manuscripts, their plots fade and then you can tackle making something decent of the story. I'm not nearly as terrified now as I was a few months ago, or even a year ago. We can do this.

      Later. XD

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    2. O_O Yes, I think living in Dammerung's head for longer than a short story would be very disorienting, if interesting.

      Definitely later. Much later, in my case, as there are (at least) 4 books on the slate before I can get back around to the rewritable one. XD But it will happen!

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  7. *squeak* DAMMERUNG. (Btw, I literally just posted a post on my blog wherein I discuss my favorite villains... and Rupert made it on there. There was much flailing over Dammerung as well. *nods* https://deborahocarroll.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/mine-is-an-evil-laugh-a-k-a-favorite-villains/

    I'm so sorry about your headaches etc.--that is the WORST. *hugs* Best of luck to you on rewrites! YOU CAN DO IT!

    *frolics away into the sunset squeeing about Dammerung because he's the best*

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    1. GAAAAAAAAASP. Your characterization of Rupert as Richard Armitage is SPOT. ON. because that's how I usually saw him in my head. YOU DA BOMB.

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    2. OH MY GOODNESS REALLY?? THAT IS AWESOME. :D I always kinda saw him that way so it must have transferred well when you wrote it. XD

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    1. MAKING SINGLE LADIES / CAROLINE BINGLEY MAD SINCE...THE END OF PLENILUNE. XD

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  9. Hi,
    I have been following your blog for quite awhile, though I haven't commented before. I enjoy it very, very much. The snippets are lovely, and I am looking forward to more. I am sorry you are not feeling well. I will be praying for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bekah. I greatly appreciate the encouragement and love of my followers. <3

      Stayed tuned for more snippets! I'm still feeling my way as I go through this rewrite, but Lord willing my pace won't slacked too horribly, and I'll have some more snippets for you next month!

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    2. You're very welcome! I shall be looking forward to them!

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