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Nano '16 Project #4 - The Vote
For Nano '16, I wrote on four projects. Here is a snippet from Project #4, the wordcount on which brought me to a little over 100k for November, the first time I've ever gotten so many words for Nano. This is set on the same world as Project #3. I know you'll wonder about the names in both of these snippets: yes, they are related; Beti Zhona's culture, way back long ago, was the parent of Il Aleano's culture. This project is titled, The Legend of Boikal I: Unspeakable Evil.
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Aald Hynnia must have called a vote, because people at the center of the tent started rising in an orderly fashion to drop one of their two pebbles into the stew pot commandeered for this decision. A simple yes or no vote. Do we move to Prysala in hopes of finding food and water there for ourselves and our herds, as well as some refuge? Beti Szonha's hands fisted around her absent pebbles, because as an unmarried woman, she wasn't allowed to vote. As an unmarried
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Nano '16 Project #3 - The Invitation
For Nano '16, I wrote on four different projects. Two of those projects I never posted on the Nano site, suspecting I wouldn't get everything to fit. Here is Nano '16 Project #3, a brand new story, set on a brand new world, Brother Exile and Brother King. This happens to be my favorite bit to snip. ;)
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For the first short while, they gazed at each other over Pakyk's desk; Il Aleano wasn't willing to start this unwelcome conversation. The visitor had an unlined face, too young to be an official in his brother's Court. So, quite possibly this was a mage come to speak to him. A steady grey-eyed gaze stared into his own dark eyes. Made rather untidy by the day, this stranger's curls were flat and stretched so they hung around his head, the ends curling under his brow. His skin wasn't the perfect pale golden-brown of someone who'd lived for a lifetime in a thickly-walled palace, but it wasn't anywhere near as dark as Il Aleano's own skin was.
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Nano '16 Project #2 - Greeting the King
For Nano '16, I wrote on four projects. This one, The Prophet of Venjhelin II: Uncertain Times, was already in progress when I picked it up around the 10th of November, so I didn't have a lot to choose from with regards to the excerpt I used for the Nano site. This is another shot of Dagjhir, this from the first scene of the book, which was, at the time I started writing on it again, the only scene (out of two) with him in it.
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He blinked, turning his head to look at Jhiradren. She'd dismounted and now stood next to his horse, which made him realize he was the only one left mounted. In fact, his horse was the only one still in this courtyard, and an unfamiliar thrall stood nearby, clearly waiting to receive care of the gelding. Dagjhir quickly dismounted and turned to face his mentor. Jhiradren smiled at him.
"Are you doing all right?"
"Yes."
"Then come this way." She beckoned, turning around, and headed for the king and queen.
Dagjhir
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Nano '16 Project #1 - Suspects and Motives
For Nano '16, I wrote on four different projects. The first one is Independent Investigations I: Boost. It's a Science Fiction novel about a sleuth on a human-settled planet who investigates the death of someone suspected of drug dealing. Here's my excerpt for the Nano site!
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Because, no matter what else, Mat could not believe anyone would imbibe that particular toxic mix in an effort to commit suicide.
In addition to that consideration, Virgil had gone to get groceries. In Mat's experience, people who were committing suicide wouldn't take a toxic potion then blithely go grocery shopping. No, they'd sit at home and wait for their guts to dissolve. They did not behave as though life were normal. Suicidal people didn't plan for the future, and there were few activities that more strongly indicated someone doing so than shopping for food. Why go buy food you weren't going to eat? Sure, he had a family, accord
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A. L. Shelton
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Primarily, I am a writer. My main genre is fantasy, though I also write in SF and Science Fantasy; nearly all my MCs are some variety of LGBT+. I started writing back in 1989, desperate for some escape from the difficulties of my life, and I was in 9th grade (about age 14) at the time.

I also dabble in art and music. Occasionally, I'll engage in such crafts as crocheting, knitting, and sewing. I'm far better at writing than I am at any of these other activities, though I will admit to some minimal skill with the drawing and enough practice with the crocheting that I'm able to make my own patterns, usually involving me creating pictures with my yarn, if I wish. My skill with art is almost nonexistent, and my ability to sew is restricted mostly to simple projects, mostly out of lack of interest in working on more complicated things.

Yes, that is an actual picture of me. From 3rd or 4th grade, I think, clearly Before Glasses, which I got to start wearing in 6th grade. I almost remember wearing that sweater. This school photo has long been my favorite.

I am serializing my full novel, Discordant Harmonies 1: A Pitch of the Scale, on my website and on Wattpad (look for Ashe Elton Parker).
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No, this isn't me critiquing my own art. I do that in my commentary beneath my posts, where, in my opinion, it belongs. What I mean here is that there are times I look at other artists, who do work more frequently, and wonder how they do it. There are weeks I can't get even one drawing done, and I come here and it's Wednesday, and one of those I follow has posted no less than three drawings again today, and I sit here and think, I wish I could do that.

Unfortunately for me, my drawing is, like my writing, now at the mercy of my bipolar. I know this. At this point, it sounds to me like a poor excuse for my inability to keep up with my creative peers, either in writing or drawing, but it's the truth. I wish it weren't the truth, and I hate that it is the truth.

This has been the truth in my writing so long now that I only rarely get caught up in "If I just buckle down, I'd write more," but I'm finding that thought in relation to drawing coming up more. Not a lot more, but more often than it does for my writing. Practice with accepting my limitations in writing I guess. Drawing is something new, so I stress about doing it more. And this isn't helped by the fact that in years previous I was not the most consistent with my drawing practice. This, the past year or two? I'm far more consistent with my drawing habit this time around than I was.

On the writing sites I go to, if one of us is feeling down about how much we write, we tell each other, "If you actually write any words, no matter how little, you are a writer." I've been trying to apply a similar truism to my artistic endeavors. I have made drawings. I do draw, when time, opportunity, and bipolar permit. So, I am an artist.

It helps a little.
  • Listening to: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart
  • Reading: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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Finally got the afghans up sometime last night. The one for my sister, the one for my Brother-in-law, and a detail shot of BIL's.
Sister's Afghan
I could not get a decent pic of this with the far end well-lit, no matter where I stood if I wanted to get the full length in. Standing in front of my sofa, the ends were cut off because my living room isn't all that big and I couldn't get back far enough to get the whole afghan. And, speaking of length, I think it could use another horizontal panel, but it would have taken an additional vertical panel to get there, and the color yarn I needed for that interim panel is no longer sold, and I had one small skein of that color left--which would not have covered a full 5ft+ of 11 rows of US Double Crochet stitches.

This is called a Log Cabin pattern. It's from a label pattern I came across back around 2007. It says in the instructions to do 12 rows of each panel, but that means the afghan builds up only on two sides, so I cut one row out so it would turn like it's supposed to. This is actually the second afghan of this pattern I've stitched; the first was done in blues with a variegated blue border between them (same basic colors from BIL's afghan), but it's a mess; I don't know what I did with the stitches in the first afghan like this I did, but it's not nearly as orderly as my sister's afghan. The original pattern suggested purple, dark blue, and a purply blue for the panels, and a multicolored yarn (with pinks and such) for the borders, but I thought the original one looked hideous. My sister, in case you couldn't tell from this picture, really likes pink; the border yarn is black, and boy was it hell to work with. 
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BIL's Afghan Detail
Here is a detail pic of my BIL's afghan. It's hard to see, but the furthest row of puff stitch on the right is the very dark blue. From there, going left, is a darkish blue, followed by a paler blue, followed by the lightest of the blues I used. 
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BIL's Afghan
Okay, since this little description didn't make it through the first time . . .

This afghan was done in US Single Crochet and Puff Stitch. For the Single Crochet, I used avariegated blue, and for the Puff Stitch, I used 4 different solid shades of blue, going from very dark to light; the detail pic has a shot of this close-up. I developed this pattern on my own, and it made a heavy afghan. Since I don't time my crocheting, I don't really know how long this took to make, but I do know it spent at least a few months langishing in the process. I actually finished this sucker back at my last apartment, except for the fringe, which I added this month. I can't recall what size hook I used.
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Another no-go with the afghans. Not enough time before I had to leave for an appointment, then was out with various things until just about sunset. Now it's too dim in my bedroom for me to be taking pics. Need to figure something else out, methinks.

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