Fangs, Fur, & Fey, a community of fantasy authors on LiveJournal, will occasionally host “Sentence Sundays.” On those days, authors and aspiring authors are invited to post an excerpt of their work. I’ve participated a few times before, and this past Sunday I posted six sentences from my current work-in-progress, THE RIVER’S EDGE. I was thrilled to receive some positive feedback, so thank you to the fabulous FFF folks. Plus, I thought I might as well post those six sentences on here, too. This is an excerpt from Ch. 3:
I’ve never been this close to him. After two weeks of avoiding his gaze or only seeing hatred there, I never before noticed the color of his irises.
His eyes are gray. Gray like the river on a cloudy day, the river in shade. Gray like the river when it’s moody and turbulent, powerful and breathtaking.
I can’t breathe; I can only drown in his eyes.
So… that’s it. Constructive criticism is always welcome!
I polished that excerpt before posting it, which conflicts with what I said on Tuesday about my quick and simple first draft. I usually try to save all the details and shininess for later drafts. Just yesterday I noticed that urban fantasy author Rachel Vincent had blogged about a similar topic (in a more coherent way). So click here to read Rachel’s version of adding layers in the second draft.
Have I mentioned before how much I love LiveJournal? It’s so easy to follow the blogs of authors, agents, editors, or anyone with interests similar to yours. So if you’re an aspiring author and you don’t have a LJ account (a Basic account is free), I would recommend getting one. I’ve learned so much about the publishing industry just from reading the blogs of professionals. Plus it’s an easy way to connect with your favorite authors. Sometimes they even answer readers’ questions in their posts. Last week, Laurie Halse Anderson—Laurie Halse Anderson!!—answered one of my questions! I’ve also received comments from Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Jeri Smith-Ready, Devon Monk, Patrice Michelle, Jen Barnes, Dean Lorey, Rachel Vincent… jeesh, I can’t even remember them all! In short—authors are amazing, and LJ helps you keep track of them. So sign up today!
Quick summary of word counts for this week:
Day 4: 1935
Day 5: 1882
Day 6: 1215
Day 7: 913
Day 8: 2368
Day 9: 2123
Day 10: 1957
I’m 500 words behind my ten-day goal of 19K. The weekend was hard on me; I need to buckle down on those days. I also lost time on Ch. 3, which ended with a paranormal action scene unlike anything I’ve ever written. I struggled for awhile, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Despite the setbacks, I’m almost a quarter through my total word goal, which is exciting.
SO tired though… hope I’m not getting sick. Anyone else have news or accomplishments to share?? I’d love to hear it! Have a great weekend, everyone!