Warning: Prose ahead! The Daily Post’s challenge-of-the-week was to write a post in prose. Now, I know quite a few excellent poets, and I know I am not of their number. However, as my brain steadfastly refuses to leave D’s world, I thought a bit of prose introducing the players in Book 2 might be in order.
As I said, prose ahead – you’ve been warned!
Queen and goddess,
He said, the mother of kings.
Yet, power withers in my hand
And nothing to claim but portents and lies
Out of the way of history I step,
Out of the way of kings.
Let their magic die upon the Plain
I will be their pawn
Stalwart and true
Hers is the gift of whispers
Twisting a song of power
While mine screams loud with terror.
For her I’ll taste the bitter sting of steel
In wars of men and battles of Fae
Yet his fate we will not echo
For our time, I swear,
A thousand times I die,
A sacrifice, upon the Plain.
Now I move as myth amongst men – a god
Of terrible vengeance,
A father of kings.
At my call, the sleepers shall arise
And his tyranny will be
Daughter of gods
Weaver of spells, I see far.
Magic withers upon the Plain –
Death and decay mark his reign.
I will call to the heart of my people
And weave their songs once more.
With his champion at my side,
The age of peace
Sons of mac Lir we were
And fierce were our battles
‘Till the day he graced my door.
Cloaked in mist and forgotten power,
He won for me my crown.
Lies I twisted, all to tame him
Until the day, he slipped from my side.
My kingdom is myth,
I stand through the centuries,
A guardian and friend.
Mentor and mother,
The lineage of gods in my keeping,
And his word my only salvation.
I know when wars be over,
On that day my love
A: Excuse me?
D: This isn’t the Ballad of Dubhshìth—
A: No, but it has elements of an interlaced story that I want to capture with the final song of the Ballad. Besides, I think it would be kind of interesting if the ballad itself had these voices – you know, future—
D: Oi! Spoilers, A.
A: Oh – sorry, D.
D: As you should be – now who’s getting all – how do you say it? Timey Wimey?
A: Oh, my aching head. You must be catching.
D: Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you.
A: Cheers, D.
So, I have been swamped at home. The Boy is in a local production of Godspell. It’s fabulous (no, really – he was in charge of his costume, and with that many sequins, it can only be called fabulous). It has also meant some adjustments to our typically-lax schedule, so my time is spent mostly on writing D’s narrative, and far less on blogging. Then, it snowed on Tuesday, and I, being the massive klutz I am, fell. Again. Thank heavens for mothers who are also chiropractors, because mine put my shoulder back in its proper spot!
Needless to say, my urge to glean news from the interwebs has been somewhat diminished, but my love for the following folks is not. Check them all out – because I know they have something interesting, fun and entertaining to say!
In no particular order (because I love you all). . .
**Update: Because apparently a sore shoulder means I don’t know how to put in hyperlinks, I’ve fixed the links below. Sorry!
- Helena Hann-Basquiat, Being the Memoirs of: http://helenahannbasquiat.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/phone-calls-from-cthunchuk-by-jessica-b-bell/
- Marie Ann Bailey, 1WriteWay: http://1writeway.com/2014/04/15/mid-april-update-on-the-writers-rebel-creed-2014/
- John W. Howell, Fiction Favorites: http://johnwhowell.com/2014/04/16/wednesday-story-day-2/
- Bradley, Green Embers: http://greenembers.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/i-ask-you-respond-to-green-embers-well-aint-that-a-kick-in-the-head/
- Green, Phoebe and Roxie, Green Embers Recommends: http://greenembersrecommends.com/2014/04/15/believe-tv-new-series-impressions/
- Jack Flacco: http://jackflacco.com/2014/04/16/clementine/
- Ionia Martin, Readful Things Blog: http://readfulthingsblog.com/2014/04/14/an-interview-and-opportunity-to-win-a-signed-copy-from-francis-guenette/
- Pam, Year ‘Round Thanksgiving Project: http://pamela984.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/hello-again/ AND http://poetrybypamela.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/how-much-longer/
- Charles Yallowitz, Legends of Windemere: http://legendsofwindemere.com/2014/04/14/monsters-magic-items-and-thingies-from-ionia-and-john/
- Sarah M. Cradit, . . . And then there was Sarah: http://sarahcradit.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/amazon-breakthrough-novel-contest-2014-i-made-it-to-the-quarter-finals/
- Julian Froment’s Blog: http://julianfroment.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/my-love-2/
- Sue Vincent, Daily Echo: http://scvincent.com/2014/04/17/let-the-star-rise-land-of-the-exiles/
- Andra Watkins: http://andrawatkins.com/2014/04/17/fight-brain-drain-read-a-novel/
- Briana Vedsted, When I became an Author: http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/book-signing-2/