A to Z Challenge

Saturday, September 14, 2013

WeWriWa - Ravyn takes a stand


I would like to thank the folks at WeWriWa for giving me something to look forward to every Sunday.  I'm not really sure how I happened across it...or finally noticed it, since I had seen blogposts regarding it before.  But, for whatever reason, this summer, I became a part of it.  I feel truly blessed to have happened upon such a wonderful group of talented and supportive writers.  (Okay, sniff sniff, enough mushy stuff)!
So, for this week's eight, I'm continuing right on with where we left off...here.  Last week a large burst of flame shot past Ravyn's head, and the dragon has pretty much trashed her campsite.  Things aren't looking so good...
 
Ravyn fought to suppress rising panic, forcing herself to take a deep breath.  If only I could talk to it.  She felt pulsing warmth deep within her and focused on that place.  Instinctively she held her hands out in front of her palms up.  She now stood facing the angry scarlet beast. 
“Please mighty dragon, hear my words...I have dreamed of seeing a dragon since I was a little girl, you are far more magnificent than I’d imagined possible...you are astonishing.”  She bowed her head.
 
So, I did a little bit of ellipsical (it's a word, I'm sure of it) work to make it all fit.  I hope you don't mind too terribly much!  Have a splendiferous day and I'm looking forward to reading all the wonderful snippets of eight!

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  1. Wow, I never thought I'd hear a woman say they've always wanted to meet a dragon since they were little. I love her honesty, but suspect that the dragon won't see it her way. Good 8!

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    1. We'll see how the dragon responds shortly :)

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  2. This is great, Millie. I have to wonder how much she might be exaggerating so the dragon will feel pleased and calm down, but either way, what she said *ought* to impress that dragon! I also like the extra touch of her bowing her head. :)

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    1. Oh, she's not exaggerating, she's always thought it'd be cool to see a dragon. Maybe not this unclose...but it's been a dream of hers nonetheless.

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  3. Delicious and so charming. Thanks, Millie.

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    1. Thanks Charmaine. It's a crazy start to a beautiful friendship : )

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  4. Wow that is very brave of her and I hope the dragon falls for her (possibly genuine) flattery! Wonderfully written!

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    1. It's genuine. Dragons may be fearsome, but they are also awe inspiring.

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  5. Ooh! Let's hope dragons respond to flattery:D

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  6. Stunning details and emotion. Love this!

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  7. Beautiful job! I love how "epic" it feels here. I'm looking forward to next week.

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    1. Thank you Lauren, many folks who read Return of the Crown, really liked the "classic" epic quest style of the story.

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  8. Nice, Millie! I love her attempt to communicate with the dragon and draw him/it into her heart. Great 8!

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    1. She's gotta try something. Next burst of flame might be much closer!

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  9. OK, well if I were the dragon, I definitely would have stopped to listen to her - well done! Excellent excerpt yet again...

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    1. Nothing like a puny human to stroke one's ego. Don't like what they have to say, you can still eat them : )

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  10. Yes, she reaches for him with humility and compliments. Great stuff!

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  11. Really nice #8 - and it is snippets like this that make WeWriWa so frustrating (since I want to know what happens next ... RIGHT NOW!!). Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Susan, that put a big smile on my face this morning : )

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  12. I'll bet a scarlet dragon would be magnificent...but hope she is able to speak and woo it with flattery. LOL

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    1. Hopefully the magic of the Light will work in her favor!

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  13. This reminds me of what one of my characters did in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign when faced with a livid red dragon. It didn't end well for her. Hopefully, Ravyn will fare a little better!

    I enjoyed this, and I'd like to know more about Ravyn. Well done!

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    1. Next week we'll see how the dragon reacts : ) Thanks for stopping by Nora!

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  14. Flattery will get you everywhere---or at least not eaten! :)

    Great scene!

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  15. I love how Ravyn can think on her feet like this... starting with flattery, wow... I feel proud of her and definitely anxious to find out what happens next!

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    1. She also wove a little magic...that wasn't obvious, but she created a communication spell. Dragons don't normally speak the human tongue.

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  16. I love your 8--can't wait to read more about it!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! More to come next week!

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  17. I'm always so grateful for this community too. Another great excerpt, Millie! I think flattery is always the best strategy for dealing with dragons. ;)

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  18. Yep, flattery is probably the way to go.

    As they say: Don't meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you're crunchy and would taste good with ketchup.

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  19. Great scene... It's probably a good thing to flatter the dragon. :)

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    1. Thanks Stevie. Glad you could swing on through...

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  21. Now if the dragon can just understand human speech ....

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    1. Ravyn's new to Light magic at this point, but that warmth she felt...she might just pull of a communication spell...

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  22. I hope the dragon understands her. Nice excerpt.

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    1. Thanks Elaine, she'd better hope the dragon gets the gist : )

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    1. Me too! Thanks for stopping by Michelle!

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  24. Love the internal dialogue. And STILL think you need to publish the BurnsMillie dictionary! I'd definitely use it because the words are simply so melodic.

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    1. You have brought a gigantigrin to my rosy cheeks today! Thank you!

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  25. My high school mascot was a dragon. The Mangham (LA) Dragons.
    Perhaps this one can communicate on a higher level than speech.
    Maybe he senses her thoughts.
    Nice 8!

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  26. Another wonderful snippet, Millie. Yep, humility and flattery :-)

    Your post this week--along with the comments, make all the work worthwhile. Speaking for the team, we think we have the best group of writers imaginable signing up week after week. You guys are really what makes wewriwa so special. If you read down through your comments on this page, it leaves no doubt that we are an incredibly supportive and social group in an incredibly solitary occupation. I brag about you all to my non-writing friends. They don't know what they're missing. :-)

    Thank you all for signing up and being part of our little writing community. <3

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    1. Teresa, you are literally the bomb...okay, so that's a dated saying, but it fits here. You have created such a friendly environment, and you are so supportive, even outside of WeWriWa, gah, now I need those tissues back again...you all are awesome, and I'm humbled to be part of this!

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  27. Wow she is brave! I hope he senses her.

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    1. She sometimes leaps without thinking things through...let's hope it works out in this case.

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  28. Ravyn is being so brave. I'm sure flattery is the right way to go.

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  29. Appealing to a dragon's ego as if it were a king or god? Interesting strategy. I wonder if it will work?

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    1. Well, Ravyn's a princess, so that'd put them on similar footing : )

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  30. I'd be running in the other direction - quickly. But your girl is very brave and I wonder how it will turn out.

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    1. You'll get a better idea next week Chelle. But, I think running would just have you torched in a second flat...

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  31. That's what I'm talkin' about! Getting in there! Can't wait to see the dragon's reaction! Great 8 :D

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    1. Thanks Karen, she's trying to save her skin!

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