Well, Happy Good Friday to everyone celebrating. May I say this has been an exceptionally good Friday for my word count. I managed to write 800 words today and frankly, that has been quite the day for me. I can’t even recall the last time this happened, maybe two years ago? Man, I need more long weekends. Thank you to everyone who gave their comments on the sample of A Raven’s Revenge.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, here’s the beginning portion of my upcoming book. Mind you, it’s not edited, nor may it be the final version.
Something had gone wrong with our descent into Hell. Pitch black, I couldn’t see a thing. Moving my shoulders I felt the familiar weight of my backpack. At least that made it through, but where the heck was everyone else? Was Hell supposed to be this black? Sure, I didn’t expect a red cloven-hoofed devils with pitchforks greeting, but this void brought out the claustrophobic in me. I reached out to touch anything hoping beyond hope to find a clue to where my friends were, but only felt the air. Then, I tapped forward with my foot, but stopped; for all I knew, I was walking toward a cliff. For someone with a heart full of faith, I wasn’t going to take stupid risks, especially not here.
I felt cold sweat run down my spine, my breath catch in my throat as my heart beat like crazy – thudthudthudthudthud. I clasped a hand to my chest, somehow thinking it could force my heart to slow down. Instead, heat flared on the back of my neck as electrifying panic spread through me. Something about being surrounded by darkness triggered an alarm in me that was going off in full effect.
“No, not here, not now,”
Each gasp for air felt like a gulp of water as I drowned in my own anxiety.
“It can’t end this way,” I thought.
Falling to my knees, I closed my eyes and thought of my friends.
“Darien,” I croaked in between breaths. “Moira. Tom.”
Today, I managed to give Darien a deeper backstory with his previous friends before he met Justice. Also, I invented the Elf Royal Army of Land, Sea, and Air. The sea elves are a little bit different with their double row of sharp teeth. I’m excited about this and when that happens I think things are going to be pretty interesting.