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Reflections from a Writer

Today I’m sharing a friend’s guidelines for a meaningful critique. I’ve mentioned many times how strongly I believe in solid critique groups, and that all of my work owes much of its strength (and none of its errors,) to writers’ groups to which I’ve belonged. At the Santa Barbara Writers Conference some weeks ago, I … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Seven: Upon a Field

  We assembled before the dawn was more than a suggestion, and ate our cold breakfast with slow care. As color entered the world, sunlight touching the golden leaves of the woodland, we checked our swords and other weapons, pulled on our chill helmets and settled the straps snugly. Berann muttered to herself her regret … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-Six: A Ghost Walks

  I took Kassh from startled horrified handlers at the stables in the late morning, and rode with Mell and my people to the great assembly that King Matthew had ordered. We talked little, so I felt keenly the disturbance my presence made in the streets of the City. A ghost upon her favored steed. … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Five: Gathering to Violence

  This time we fell onto the floor, for Thane Gehir had run with enough energy to lose his footing. I came fast to my feet, my heart bounding to see that familiar room around me. “You have returned,” Prince Evandir said with plain relief, stepping in through the doorway. He bit his lip, staring … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-Four: From Another Angle

A bearded man stood staring at the three of us in a room too bright, so black and white it hurt my eyes. As I blinked back at him, shaking, I felt his eyes lingered hungry on my face, yet in a manner charged with eagerness. I did not know him. He was clad in … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Three: In Strange Places

  They say Evandir dragged me off the battlefield as if I were some barbarian trophy to be strung up before his tent, later reappearing in the battle fighting like a fool who has no art and no skill behind his berserker instincts. # “Had I come earlier, would it have changed this?” A familiar … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty Two: The Steps to War

  Evandir (looking scruffy as he probably does more often than not- by Mell)   Everything went according to the usual way of things when no accommodation has been made for peace. A half day spent in expressions of mutual respect and hostility couched in the highest forms of language…. I paid rapt attention to … Continue reading →

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Chapter Twenty-One: A Turn in the Night

I felt a gathering unease, which I assumed to be born of the interruption in my customary ways, so I excused myself to work out with my other Masters of the Wall for the coming morning, arranging that Prince Evandir might keep company with his countrymen at a hosting held in the City by the … Continue reading →

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Chapter Nineteen: The Escort Detail

We mounted our horses in gray dawn and headed out with our saddlebags full. We rode through many sleepy stirring streets of the City, past merchants setting up stalls for the day’s business. I felt their eyes upon me, and I felt more than saw that the foreign Prince riding quietly by my side noted … Continue reading →

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Chapter Eighteen: An Enemy Rides In

  When I think back, I remember laughter I never heard. My first memory of my enemy, lacks all sound. I stood focusing my longsight on him from the top of the Wall, guessing from the movement of men about him that he must be central to them, one of the leaders of King Saahr’s … Continue reading →

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