A to Z Challenge

Saturday, April 26, 2014

WeWriWa - "Ha ha!"

A beautiful calm day, everyone finds great help in jovial kindred.  Linking my novel or poem, quite rapidly, sharing the unfettered verse-WeWriWa!  As you might be able to tell...I'm a bit A to Z frazzled!  But it has been kind of exciting...this month thanks to both WeWriWa and A to Z, I'll have posted every single day! Whew! Never saw that one coming ; )

So, shall we get to today's snippet?  I'm going to give you seven lines...not eight.  I know, I'm holding out on you.  But here's the deal.  I either have to smash a bunch of stuff together using punctuation that's altogether unruly to make eight lines, or, I just stop shy of the mark, and possibly leave you wanting.  Sometimes, less is more : )  Last week, I heard several cries for a hero to save Ravyn from the Mara, who was flooding her with horrible visions.  Let's see if your pleas were answered...

His Nibs jumped up on a stump and rapped the Mara across its nubby head with his shillelagh.  “Oh, yer a tough nut, aren’t ye?  Good thing I know how to crack ya!” 
Ravyn felt her fears slipping away.

The Mara snarled and swiped at His Nibs, the sharp nails of his hand glinting in the firelight.  His Nibs cartwheeled to the side, laughing a hearty, “Ha ha!”  He darted behind the Mara as quick as a wink, delivering a pointy boot tip to the creature’s scaly butt.

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  1. The Mara has met his match - Yay for His Nibs. Once again, your use of dialect for His Nibs lends so much flavor to your writing. Well done.

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    1. His Nibs' little chest is all puffed up with pride...damn, and he's found my liquor cabinet. Thank you.

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  2. Oh, Millie, your writing is not only good, it's fun to read. The visual always makes me smile! His Nibs might be the most colorful character I've ever read! Another excellent snippet!

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    1. Shoot, now my chest is puffed up with pride. Too early for me to hit the liquor cabinet with His Nibs though...Thank you Teresa.

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  3. I love your style, Millie! Nibs is THE MAN!

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  4. Her hero was with her all along. Great snippet. :)

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    1. Yup, he may be little, but he's a toughie!

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  5. Honestly, how can I follow an excerpt like that?? Just fantastic, Millie! :D

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    1. You all are putting such a beaming smile on my face this morning. It does a writer good to know his/her characters have such impact.

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  6. Well His Nibs is a handy guy to have around, clearly. Great snippet, thanks for saving Ravyn for us!

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    1. His Nibs is happy to help, especially since he'd had a little Royal Wine to savor, with the hope of more to come. He doesn't demand payment, but one can hope he'll be rewarded : )

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  7. I use telepathic dogs as nightmare chasers, but His Nibs is clearly up to the job.

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    1. Crazy drunks on sheep might be a good alternative ; )

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  8. Just what I'd hoped for, Millie. And what mischief will ye bring to us next, me girl?

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    1. Ah you clever lass...you'll just have to wait and see.

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  9. Fun! Just joining your story and I'm looking forward to more.

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    1. Ah ha! His Nibs is a resonating character it seems : )

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  10. It is such a joy to read your work every week, Millie. You never cease to make me smile! Love your characters and the quirkiness of your writing! :)

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    1. Evelyn, thank you so much. I definitely aim to entertain, so I'm glad I'm hitting the mark.

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  11. Loving the characters! Great imagery, transporting the reader right there for the action and giving us a chuckle too. :)

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    1. Wonderful! Glad you like my friends : )

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  12. His Nibs must be too drunk--or too brave--to be scared by some nightmare monster. Quite an unlikely hero!

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    1. Well, the Mara is a magical creature, but so is His Nibs. I'm guessing he's just not scared of him...he's a wily guy whether sober, oh, wait...I don't know if he's ever sober.

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    1. Ha, almost thought that might be over the top...

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  14. Hahahaha! I was looking for Ravyn to save herself, but I like that you have His Nibs helping out and being a somewhat unusual hero. Great 8.

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    1. Most times Ravyn is quite adept at taking care of herself. Had she been alone, I think maybe, she would have figured out what was going on, but isn't it great when someone gives us a helping hand too?

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  15. Ha! Great excerpt, Millie. You made the action so vivid. Well done!

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  16. Yay for His Nibs! Great eight, or should I say seven? looking forward to more!

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    1. Ah, yes...seven it was. Glad to see you are looking forward to more.

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  17. I love the language in this - it's so fun!

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    1. Thanks, His Nibs is a colorful character.

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  18. Hooray for His Nibs! That cartwheel made me laugh out loud!

    I want to see this on the big screen---the characters are already jumping off the page, might as well make a movie with 'em! :D

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  19. Love the vivid imagery and the way your characters interact so naturally. Great 8!

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  20. Good that His Nibs is here to take care of the Mara.

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