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Good afternoon, snippeteers, and apologies for being AWOL for a few weeks. I was stuck between hitting Camp NaNo with attitude and family troubles. While the latter aren’t over, they’ve settled some, so I’m hoping regular service will resume. As for Camp NaNo, the lovely Kari Trenten offered me a place in her cabin for my first ever attempt at this, and it’s been a godsend.
I hit my target of 30k words on day 16 and – more importantly – finally finished Healing Glass after putting it down twice. Once, after being told fantasy doesn’t sell, and the second time after I realised that all the BS surrounding the Brexit vote was bending my story out of shape. You see, I’ve always seen writing as my escape from all the RL stuff, which is why I used to write no contemp at all for most of my life. Historical, sci-fi, fantasy – bring it. Contemp – stay far away.
Until Jack and Gareth happened and I embraced a story I’d wanted to tell for a long time. And now, RL is also creeping into my fantasy. And after freaking out at first – who’d want the NHS Bus Debacle in a story? – I’ve made my peace with it. “Be careful what you tolerate. You’re teaching people how to treat you,” could well be my motto these days.
Having grown up extremely politicised, and having then shied away from it completely, I’m coming back to taking a more (public) stance. And looking at Healing Glass, I’m content with the outcome. Though that’s not what I’m snipping from today. I’ll come back to Healing Glass when I’m editing.
For now, the world of craft masters, merchants, and warriors where Healing Glass is set is not leaving me alone. And while I was fighting for my daily word count in the NaNo Cabin, this happened.
Embracing Fire, the story of Rien and Javier, who are supporting characters in Healing Glass, is a story about how to deal with special talents, and how protecting the one you love may not be the best thing for them.
And for this week’s snip, I’ve picked the moment Rien first lays eyes on Javier.
From Embracing Fire
At the far end of the hall a smaller door opened, and a man came through who had Rien’s palms sweating and his mouth go dry after only a single look. The newcomer was dressed in forest colours; trousers and tunic of deep green, brown boots and a brown leather jerkin. Broad-shouldered and muscular, he looked like the forest itself: solid, dependable, and a touch intimidating. His hair was black as a raven’s wing and hung straight and shiny as a silk curtain down his back. His eyes were equally dark and to Rien, who’d grown up surrounded by people with fair or reddish hair, the man seemed exotic and dangerous. And he moved like smoke over water.
PS. And if anyone could recommend a good fantasy beta, I’d be most grateful. As I mentioned before, I’ve not written fantasy in a while, and no fantasy m/m, so a few extra pairs of eyes on character development and tone would be so comforting. Thank you.