It’s My 3rd Blogiversary!
The second day of December marked the third anniversary of this blog. Like some other things, to me it doesn’t seem nearly that long — yet it also feels like something I’ve always done.
To many bloggers and readers three years and 295 posts truly is not much at all. I recognize that it’s not exactly a great achievement. However, great or small, it feels pretty good to me. So cheers!
At Once Great and Small — and the Challenges
When an urban fantasy story becomes a series, usually new characters are added with each volume. As the story-line for Atonement in Bloom took shape, a few new supernatural characters came along.
(I don’t mean to be a tease… Who knew it would be such a challenge to share about a novel in progress without giving spoilers?)
One of the new supernatural characters is Meadow. Her existence helps give the story a whimsical tone. In describing Atonement, Tennessee I often say that it doesn’t take itself seriously. The same is true of the sequel. Atonement in Bloom has the same kind of humor. Not a laugh-out-loud kind of funny, but an eyebrow-raising “Did she really say that?” funny.
Meadow’s character doesn’t actually do a lot (at least not at this point but who knows how that might change). Yet despite the fact that she doesn’t shoot lightning bolts or save the day, Meadow is central to the story of Atonement in Bloom. She is at once great and small.
One challenge ahead of me is to better develop Meadow’s character. I’ll describe this character as an “inactive” cause of some events in the story. She doesn’t take actions that cause events, but without her presence, they would never have happened.
Meadow is not alone in the “great but small” category. Beira the Crone, also known as Cailleach Bheur, is a new character inspired by Celtic mythology. Her presence in the story is very small, yet her part is great; integral to the story-line. My challenge with Beira is sewing her thread throughout the story, so it doesn’t seem contrived when she makes an appearance.
A Snippet from Atonement in Bloom
You already know I’m concerned about giving away any part of the story, so I won’t say when this tidbit takes place. It’s part of a scene with Beira the Crone. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
“And now to restore the balance,” Beira said but then hesitated. “But those two tricksters have definitely earned a lesson,” she said fiercely.
Beira looked at the calico and her expression softened. “I see you are fond of him. So be it then, for your sake little heart. But there must be at least a small lesson. The balance must be kept,” she added with a wink to Lilith.
Her dark green velvet cloak fell back as she extended both arms. With the staff still grasped in her right hand she turned in a circle three times clockwise. As she moved, the velvet cloak swirled about her ankles as if the wind moved it. Her long lapis-blue braid lifted on the same invisible currents. Her eyes shone brightly in the moonlight. On the third circle Beira tilted her head back exultantly and smiled.
The temperature plummeted. Snowflakes floated to the ground. Snow began to accumulate on the nearby stone wall. Beira walked over to it and tilted her head as if considering. “So it has grown here before, and spontaneously. Ah, recently too. This place is more interesting than I knew. Perhaps it bears further investigation,” Beira commented, rousing Lilith’s curiosity.
She gave the wall a light tap with her age darkened wooden staff. Then she nodded once more.
Lilith’s feline ears heard an odd vibration within the stone wall, which a human would never have noticed. In the light of the moon, the cat watched as a single rose sprouted from the top of the rock wall. A single blue rose.
Coconut Snowballs Recipe
In keeping with the setting of the story snippet, I searched the WordPress countryside for a recipe with “snow” in the title. I found a blog called Whisk Away Your Worries. The delightful Meaghan shared a recipe for Coconut Snowballs. Click on the picture or the link for the recipe.
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