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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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Novel Update: Chapter Eight-“The Shadow”

So eight is done and the title is “The Shadow”.  I don’t know if I’ll keep the name, it may end up changing if a better one presents itself.   Here is a peek at the scene the title came from.

 Ava shivered, the air in the room had suddenly turned cold.  She noticed a black bowl resting in the center of the table.  The curled horns of an equally black stand wrapped around its sides, holding it up right.  A faint orange light pulsed within some thick, clear liquid inside the bowl.  Mesmerized, Ava watched as the orange glow intensified, sucking all other light into it.  The liquid began to swirl and churn as if stirred by some unseen hand.  Suddenly, an ash black cloud rose from within the liquids depths, growing and spreading out its coat of mist until it had formed a thick, ashy sphere that crawled leisurely towards the ceiling; a black silhouette appearing in its center.

Ava tried to retreat, she squeezed herself into a shadowed corner between two book cases, but she felt no more hidden then a fly on a white wall.  Prickles of ice ran up and down her arms and neck, cold sweat trickled down her forehead.  One thought burned in her mind; get out.  The black form turned towards the door, swiveling its faceless head as if looking for something.  Ava held her breath, would it see her?

“Where have you gone little one?” A deep voice rippled through the air, pricking Ava’s ears.  She squeezed her eyes shut.

Creepy is fun to write. 😉  Well what do you think?  Does it give you the chills? 

So beside that one, chapter eight is made up of sticky situations, some of which appear quite hopeless.  To be honest, I’m not completely happy with chapter eight, I think it could still use more work, but, since I’ve spent so much time on it already, I’ve decided to move on.  I can go back over it another time; right now my goal is to just get all of Draft II done!  (Then move on to Draft III. 😛 )

So now I’m moving on to chapter nine.  I must say, when I opened the file to pull up chapter nine, it was very neat to see only three chapters left.  Three!  I’m SO CLOSE!  I definitely know the “does” and “don’ts” of editing as they apply to me now.  Next time I’m going to have a MUCH better working system for revision and hopefully it won’t take me as long… hopefully.  

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  1. Daniel

     /  March 3, 2010

    *thumbs up* ’tis good and creepy sounding!! 🙂

  2. Garret Maytum

     /  March 3, 2010

    Your descriptions keep getting better and better!!!
    good descriptions make fun illustrations. (:

  3. Nairam

     /  March 4, 2010

    Very creepy!

    I need to work on my descriptions…nothing like that, of course, but still, need to fill out some things in between ALL my dialogue!


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