Palladium – Chapter 9

So sorry this was not posted earlier. I have completely lost track of what day of the week it is. It feels like perpetual Wednesday at the moment.

That’s all right though. I have reached the end. Next week I begin putting my life back on its normal track. I am so ready for that.

Best of all, I will have a new short story called Alexander’s Den released very soon and I’m hoping that over the weekend I can get audio uploaded for Oxygen, my haunted highway story. And I can get back to painting. I have three new ideas that I’m excited to get to work on — the start of building a whole new body of artwork (it’s time!) So, you’ll have a couple new things too look forward to in the next little bit. Yippee!

For now though, let’s get you to this week’s chapter.

Previously: The novihomidrak, Cirvel, heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. He returns to the shrine to discuss the situation with the Grand Sapere, who demands to take it to the Dragon Council. Cirvel knows the Council will take far too long to come to a decision. Cirvel decides to act on his own. Returning to the market, he hopes to see the woman who had taken his lamp. He finds her and but she’s not quite ready to get down to business. At least not the kind he wants to discuss. When she does give him a chance to explain, he tells her that what he has trapped in the lamp is not a genie and that she won’t be able to use the lamp irregardless because she’s not the rightful owner. She bargains with him: help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she needs a powerful trap. Treshauna then takes him to the meeting house for the ninjas to meet their leader, Drelin. Cirvel pulls Imor out of the lamp to prove that Imor is not genie — just a human. But Drelin learns that Cirvel is the genie. Cirvel “convinces” Imor to reveal to him the location of a place known as Alexander’s Den (If you are reading this and you saw the note about the short story above, yes, this is the same Alexander’s Den as mentioned there – oh what a web I weave!).


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Palladium

Chapter 9

by Dawn Blair

Sweat broke out on Imor’s forehead and the space between his mouth and nose. Imor nodded his head in short, vigorous waves as if his head was on a tight spring. “Your point is well made.”

Making sure to keep a tight hold on the hair he’d taken from Imor and enchanted, he released the sapere with a small push. He tossed Imor a sidelong look of disgust as he went around to Treshauna. “I have what I need. I am now in your services.”

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Palladium – Chapter 8

This is one of those chapters that will probably get rearranged when I begin to revise the book. You are getting this chapter because you get to see the book as it was written. The rest of the world will miss out!

I realized several hundreds (maybe thousands) of words later that if I had this scene here, then he had no motivation to go on. I’m not certain (at this moment of my writing these words here) if I began to develop the story with this scene missing or not. Sorry if it gets confusing later, but that’s why. I saw the flaw and I may have started to shift the sands then.

Although, I’ve also been questioning if I want Treshauna to know that he’s a genie. I wonder if I let that cat out of the bag too quickly. Cirvel and I need to sit down and have a chat about this and whether or not he would so easily give away his secrets, even if he is smitten. So, some of that may also be shifting.

Again, you get to see the good, bad, and the flawed here. *grin*

Happy reading.

Previously: The novihomidrak, Cirvel, heads through a festival on his way to meet up with an old “friend” who has a map that Cirvel needs. The friend, Sapere Imor, isn’t happy to see Cirvel and tries to persuade Cirvel with other temptations. Irritated with not getting his answers, Cirvel seals Imor into a genie lamp. A ninja steps from the shadows and steals away the lamp containing Imor, leaving Cirvel holding only air. He returns to the shrine to discuss the situation with the Grand Sapere, who demands to take it to the Dragon Council. Cirvel knows the Council will take far too long to come to a decision. Cirvel decides to act on his own. Returning to the market, he hopes to see the woman who had taken his lamp. He finds her and but she’s not quite ready to get down to business. At least not the kind he wants to discuss. When she does give him a chance to explain, he tells her that what he has trapped in the lamp is not a genie and that she won’t be able to use the lamp irregardless because she’s not the rightful owner. She bargains with him: help in exchange for the genie lamp. He asks her why she needs a genie. She replies that she needs a powerful trap. Treshauna then takes him to the meeting house for the ninjas to meet their leader, Drelin. Cirvel pulls Imor out of the lamp to prove that Imor is not genie — just a human. But Drenlin learns that Cirvel is the genie.


Cover and layout copyright © 2019 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©
Xneo | Dreamstime.com, and © Gualtiero Boffi| Dreamstime.com

Palladium

Chapter 8

by Dawn Blair

Cirvel soon found himself in a secluded, windowless room with Imor, who went to the far wall and stood with his back against it. Cirvel had entered first, but he knew Treshauna was right behind him. The negotiations to have some time alone with Imor had gone quickly once Drelin realized what Cirvel was, completely. Yet, it had seemed more like a wordless communication that had happened between Drelin and Treshauna before Cirvel was whisked away into this room. Granted, he didn’t know much about Black Nights, but they made it seem as if telepathy was a reality.

He closed his eyes, clearing his mind as well as his visual palette. Before he opened his eyes, he lowered his dragon lids and let his face morph in order to show his sharp, elongated teeth. He wanted Imor to understand the severity of the situation the sapere had now introduced both of them to, that of the dealing with the ninjas.

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Thoughts on House of Many Ways

Here I am again with another Diana Wynne Jones book.

This audiobook was much shorter than Castles in the Air. I also fell into the story much faster, probably because I knew it was another book where Howl would make an appearance. And he does come in much sooner. If you know Howl, you spot him right away. Yes, I laughed. I may have even clapped my hands in joy too. Absolutely delightful is the only way I can think to phrase his appearance. Anyone walking on the track with me at the moment probably thought I had gone a little mental. *grin* Howl has that affect on people.

I adored the main character in this story. I also started to get the feeling the Diana was just starting to really sink into this world. I enjoyed the surprises and how she unfolded the story.

It makes me sad that there won’t be any more Howl books (Diana passed away from cancer in 2011). At least I still have many books in the Chrestomanci series to captivate my attention now.

Jenny Sterlin did a fantastic job of narrating this one. So much so that I decided to go back and get Howl’s Moving Castle in audio even though I already own the book.

If you are interested in getting all three books to read on Kindle, I noticed that Amazon has them in a bundle for $19.99

Onto the next audiobook!

Progress – March 2019

At first, it was a relief not to do the weekly progress blogs. I could put the words to my story instead. I was kind of glad that I had released myself from that self-imposed obligation.

Then, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been missing them. Not doing them weekly, but the chat I had here. It was a time when I could talk to myself about what had gone on — granted, a very public chat, like talking to yourself while walking down the street. *grin*

I decided I would like to resume it, but on a monthly schedule. I hope you will like that too.

March has been busy. I’ve spent a lot of time at work, more than normal, which has taken me from my business. I can’t wait to get back to my usual routine there too. The weather has been good on a few weekends, so I’ve gotten some yard work done. Feels weird to be getting to it before May. Right now, I’m sitting outside in the sunlight with my dogs. It’s good as long as someone doesn’t come along walking their dog. Merlin doesn’t handle people or dogs (or anything not part of “the pack” very well). I’ve also been doing some work with vibration toned music in order to increase my energy (because I found that sunlight wasn’t doing enough as it usually does to brighten my spirits). I will say that I’m very glad I decided to give it a try. Normally I’d be all like, “Yes, everything is energy and vibration is nothing but a waveform energy. I don’t think different frequencies is going to help at all.” Let me just say that it does. I am feeling much better, much more relaxed and vibrant. I’ve also gotten back to meditation. All while getting words done.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been spending very much time with audio. I’m lucky if I get 10-15 minutes a day in, but I’ll take the baby steps.

I also haven’t gotten any painting or drawing done lately. Not for lack of trying here. I am back to arguing with myself about it. Long story short, I’d be better off if I’d just admit to myself that I don’t feel like drawing or painting at the moment and go and edit a story. Instead, I just waste time. Not minutes either. Like hours! It’s very frustrating. And I know the way out of it is action. Which only makes me angry at myself because I know just what needs to be done and I’m not doing any of it, or getting anything accomplished. The achiever in me hates that!

I need to take a moment and plan out my business for the next quarter, but that hasn’t happened yet. I’m wondering if I should go monthly with my planning as well. I haven’t made a decision about that yet either. This is one thing I know I need to do with thoughtfulness, not from the low-energy state where I’ve been. It’s best for me to wait for now.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

Daily word goal reached for 233 days! Weekly word goal reached for 36 weeks.

Writing for the month of March: 24,635 words

Writing year to date total: 73,375 words

Drawing/painting for March: a few sketches – nothing to write home about.

Audio: About 8 and 1/2 hours recording and editing audio. I have lots of chapters started on editing, but I keep discovering lines that haven’t been recorded. Haven’t had time to get in the booth and get the missing lines recorded. Soon!

Reminder

Just a reminder the Wednesday free fiction has been (temporarily?) moved to Fridays.

I have many things in the works right now, many ideas, but some are going to need time to get in place. I am unable to be doing that at the moment. But soon!

Stay tuned!