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Writing Challenge 2014 December“Brother, why do I always follow your plans?”Writing Challenge 2014 December by JesseZafiro
Sword smiled but he kept his silence. He had been quiet for most of the ride, something which was incredibly unusual. Especially as we were about to face a deadly dragon in order to save the next princess of the Windfall Kingdom.
I looked up at the castle we had stopped in front of. It even looked ominous, and the path the dragon had taken to enter the castle was obvious.
Sword turned in his saddle and dropped to the ground. Tying his horse to one of the trees, he started off towards the main gate without waiting for me. I quickly dismounted and tied my horse next to his. Giving a reluctant pat to my mount, I followed after my brother.
I trusted him, I trusted him with my life. But the idea of the dragon was enough to terrify me.
More specifically, the idea of my brother facing the dragon alone was what terrified me. Because that was Sword’s plan, for me to leave him to fight the dragon while I ran to find the princess.
Writing Challenge 2014 October"Sword, if this plan kills us I will kill you a second time."Writing Challenge 2014 October by JesseZafiro
My brother chuckled but he dismounted his horse instead of answering.
The sick feeling in my stomach worsened. Usually this was when he would boast about how grand his plan was. It was obvious something was bothering him, I just wished I knew what.
I really hoped it was not a lack of confidence in his plan. We were about to go up against a devestatingly deadly dragon., the last thing I wanted to hear was that Sword was worried.
I had my own doubts, of course. The plan largely meant I would be leaving Sword to fend for himself against the dragon while I found the princess. One man against this battle hardened dragon. As far as I was concerned, the odds had never been worse.
But I had always trusted Sword. I had trusted him in all his other dangerous plans, I would trust him now.
Except all those other times he had never looked quite so serious, nor had he been as quiet.
Dismounting, I tied my horse next to Sword's and followe
Writing Challenge 2014 SeptemberI watched my brother dismount and start tying the reigns to a stunted tree.Writing Challenge 2014 September by JesseZafiro
"Sword," I said tersely, "What the hell is your plan?"
He looked up at me.
"I should have thought that was obvious. We go in and we find the dragon and the stairs. I distract the dragon while you climb every staircase you get to until you reach the tower with the princess. You get her out of here and you keep her safe."
Then he was walking away before I could think of a reply or put together my own thoughts on this "plan." I dismounted quickly so I could follow.
I followed him through the first gate into a courtyard that was very nearly destroyed. The paving stones were covered in moss and grass pushed up where they were broken. I could see now that the high walls around the courtyard were falling down in places. I was hit with the realization that this castle must have been abandoned far longer than I had thought to have this level of destruction on it. This was more than just the damage a dragon would do when
Writing Challenge 2014 AugustI stared at the gate. Even sitting on my horse, the gate was far taller than I was. If it had been fully closed, I would have doubted even Sword and I together could have pulled it open.Writing Challenge 2014 August by JesseZafiro
As it was, the gate was raised half way. This immediately made me question the intelligence of just walking in, which was the bulk of Sword's plan. I trusted my brother with my life, but that hardly meant I was prepared to agree to all of his plans without even questioning them.
Not that it really mattered what I thought, Sword had already dismounted and was walking up to the gate. I hesitated, tightening my hands on the reigns, then swung my leg over and dropped to the ground. I followed quickly.
"Sword, I'm not sure--"
He shushed me, concentrating on what he could see passed the gate.
My brother ducked under the gate and into the main courtyard. Knowing I had no other choice, I did the same.
The couryard looked in more disrepair than I expected. Grass had sprung up between cracked stones while the fl
A brief update on where some of my writerly things stand:
1) Hindsight Draft 4 is not even close to done, so I will not be finishing that before November. Instead I'll just take a month-long break from it, let it chill, and delve into it come December. There's a lot of work to do for it, and I got really stuck on the beginning (like always). I'm still happier with this version than the last one though, so I know I'm headed in the right direction! I've also been thinking over a few things for later books that make a lot of sense and I can keep those things in mind during Hindsight. I think this version might just turn out well, if I have the time to work on it that is!
2) I have had extremely limited time to work on Magician and the Knight, and I really miss it. I'm anxious to get back into it after November! I have been doing some doodling for it, which is fun. But nothing that I'd want to put up on Deviantart (not to mention most of it's been on sticky-notes). Merek, Roscoe, your stories will be written!
3) Writing Challenge. As you can see here on Deviantart, I've been pretty good about getting the challenge done these last few months. I did, as I mentioned in October's version, shorten the scene to compensate for the crazy, hectic months that are October and November--but that's probably for the best.
4) NaNoWriMo! Saturday is the first day of November. Which means I will be working almost exclusively on The Many Lives of Gregory Marnes! Greg Marnes, as I will be calling the story for short, is mostly about accidental time travel as far as I can tell so far. It's my first time writing a time travel novel, so we'll see what happens. As usual, I'm going into NaNo with little to no plan. I was getting really stressed over NaNo for the last week or so until I had a realization that I wasn't following my own knowledge of the month. It's quantity, not quality. It's a first draft, not anything I will publish right away. I had the epiphany that look at Hindsight. Look at how different it is now than it was November 2010. Whatever crazy, foolish things I come up with, however many paragraphs about bread and butter, it doesn't matter. What I write in November is nothing but flinging words on a page trying to figure out which ones stick themselves into a decent plot. I don't need to be accurate. I don't need to be perfect. I just need to write it. And that's what I'm going to do.
Anyway, like I said this has just been an update on my current major projects. There's so much I want to do for my writing, if only I had the time for it all!