high through the air
reaching for the sun's full rays
only to find you there
and in the night when our dreams are still
or when the wind calls free
i'll keep your heart with mine
till you come to me
"penelope's song," loreena mckennitt
Two events, great on some scales, small on others, came to pass this week. I officially titled my novella for Five Enchanted Roses and I began the writing process itself. That is to say, I now have a document on my computer titled Anath's Song that grows at a slow, steady pace. It's been so long since I've begun a new project, and it felt a little rough and unnatural at first, but as new projects run, this one has started with few bumps. I'm diving into Katie's Actually Finishing Something [in] July with this baby of a story, and I would have answered the questions last week, but I felt the novella needed to get off the ground before I could start talking about it.
week one questions
1) What is your writing goal?
I want to finish Anath's Song before July 31st — more truthfully, by July 23rd, because I'll be going out of town on the 24th and won't be back until August 3rd. That's 17,000 additional words to the 3,000 I already have in a little over three weeks.
2) Give us a short synopsis of your project.
“This life is but a slow death. I have learned well to bear its purgatory.”
Cassandra never dreamed of marriage until her father’s slip of the tongue bound her in chains. Now she spends her days hidden behind heavy veils as men compete for her hand, eternally aware of the ticking clock and her own impending death. With freedom her greatest desire and the wilting roses dropping petals by the hour, her desperation for a bridegroom will take a more drastic turn . . .
3) How long have you been working on this project?
I've been plotting and story-boarding since early June; I began the story itself just two days ago.
4) How often do you intend to write in order to reach your goal by August 1st?
Roughly 1,000 words or thereabouts per day. Anath's Song may surprise me and end before 20,000 words, but that is the contest limit and subsequently my own.
5) Introduce us to three of your favorite characters in this project.
You've met Cassandra already. Lysandros is a merry chap, a bit feather-headed, but generally fun to write. He's of medium build with the typical dark hair and eyes of his homeland, and if you want him, he can be found most often hanging around Eleni and her pomegranate stall. Whether its the girl or the fruit that interests him will remain to be seen.
I think I'll save Anath himself for this month's Beautiful People.
6) Go to page 16 (or 6, 26, or 66) of your writing project. Share your favorite line or snippet on the page.
The two were silent for a while, allowing the cries of fishmongers and various peddlers to fill the gap in their conversation. Small brown children ran between the colorful stalls, clothed in rags and wide grins. A wealthy woman sneered at them from her shrouded litter, but a burly man followed behind them and scooped the boys out of her way. The sky was clouding over and the patch of shade grew larger: a welcome respite after the midday heat. Jingling in the breeze was the occasional clink of jewelry and coin passing from one hand to another; it pierced with the squawking chickens and bleating goats. Lysandros shifted closer, his brow serious. It was pleasant, Anath reflected, to sit beside a friend and know one’s life was in good hands. Perhaps there was something to be said for this island life after all.
[anath's song, page 6]
7) Tea or coffee?
Mint tea would be my more traditional choice, but there's something to be said for a tall glass of iced coffee with bits of undissolved raw sugar at the bottom. I have iced tea right now: a happy medium.
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