By Vivian Arend
The full list where we’ll be can be found between today and June 12 is here, but we have to start somewhere, and that’s Here and Now.
Welcome to Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure, where over ten+ days we’re going to take you on a journey. You’ll learn a little more about us and our stories–the next in Thea’s Elder Gods and my little wolfies.
The theme for today is Gates/Doors. In other words, taking a chance and starting something new. I searched my computer files for a while trying to find the first thing I wrote back in 2007 when I joined my friend Bonne for the Nanowrimo challenge. See, she wanted support for the month, and I wanted the guaranteed coffee shop breaks sans children every Sunday–it was a wonderful sounding event that led to so much more. I had never written fiction before, although I’ve always been a story-teller.
For your entertainment: unedited and raw (trust me–raw!)
Chapter One: The Secrets of Tarneth
The tight feeling at the back of his throat had started to fade to familiarity. His unease at being alone and in new territory was beginning to fade only because the distance they had left to travel was decreasing. While Lukos had talked him into asking permission for the extra time before their posting started Bec would be happier when they actually got where they were going.
They had set a route that led through the Forest of Lavena northward and then looped in a semi circle back south to their destination of Lemare. They had over a week’s time to travel a distance that could be covered in three days of hard walking, so there would be plenty of opportunities to look around and explore.
Bec glanced sideways at his friend as they paced side by side. They were a contrast in so many ways. Bec was at least two hand spans taller than Lukos, yet both of them were considered tall for their race. With his light brown clothing and his light colouring he blended into the very trees around them, as was very natural for a wood elf. Lukos didn’t exactly stomp, but at fourteen he was coming into his adult growth as a human. His curly dark hair and his swarthy skin contrasted sharply with his bright blue eyes. He was prone to some moodiness and often dressed in dark colours as if in imitation of the palace Muse.
Watching the two was like looking at a slight tree and its shadow swaying down the trail.
Oh, the things I did wrong in that story! But I learned some incredible lessons that have carried on to this day. I learned there’s a joy in writing–that the pleasure I get seems to grow the farther into the world I go. I learned that I can learn–the first chapters of this book are readable but clumsy. The middle chapters were better, and by the time I wrote “The End” I’d picked up a lot of skill.
I learned that sometimes I have to just keep going, and that’ll I’ll understand why something happens down the road.
I learned that someone could actually want to read my work, as my daughter stood over my shoulder and demanded each day that I complete at least one more chapter for her to read. Yes, this was a Young Adult fantasy novel. And I can tell you that no deadline since has ever scared me more than the thought of disappointing her.
What I sometimes think is the most marvelous part of the entire adventure is that it just happened. I’ve worked hard, but I also just walked forward not knowing what the result would be. We do that on adventures–take a chance, book a flight. Pick up a book or make a friend. Taking a new path is always a little frightening, but it’s always exciting.
I hope you enjoy the coming adventure with Thea and I. Once you leave a comment here, move on over to Thea’s to see what she’s been starting lately.
THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.
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Question for today:
What’s something you’d like to try to learn? Or something you’ve started to learn recently?