Where is Zara going?

So far I have introduced Zara who is the daughter of the Tribes leader Shallaya. Her father was on a mission to the River People but came back badly insured. Her brothers had a very brief entrance so I will have to introduce them in more detail but that must wait a little. There is also Wild Woman the shaman of the Tribe. An important advisor both to Zara and Shallaya.

Here is a little of yesterdays post:

“Zara stood on top of Blue Mountain. 
 
She looked over the vast valley of The River. She was staring at the places where she thought the River People lived. Zara kept her mouth tightly shut and breathed hard. 
 
She remembered how her grieve over her fathers had subsided a little and that tightness had started in her stomach. Without any warning, she stood up and stumbled behind the fire to their sitting area and hit and hit and hit the cushions. Both her brothers had to grab her arms from both sides and hold her down for minutes before she came to herself and cried again.
 
Her mother just sat at her fathers head rocking to and fro. They could not hear a sound but shocks of tremors ran through her body. Wild Woman had left the yurt to prepare the tribe for the burial of the leaders husband. 
 
“I will find them!” Zara hissed. “I will find every single one of them! No matter where you are bastards. I’ll get you!” She screamed those last words on top of her lungs….”
 
Please read more at “The River is flowing…. Zara (XIV)
 
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The River is flowing….. Zara (XIII)

Things are flowing in my writing life. I have started reading Linda Formichelli’s “Write your way out of the rat race” and try to figure out how to make a little more of my writing. At the beginning of the year I have managed to get Google Adds on “The River is flowing” and am concentrating right now to produce good blog posts and to find a way to combine the day job with my writing. And of course my nearly life-long love “Zara” is still close to my heart and it looks like I am actually getting somewhere with it. Well, I killed of my first character :-(…..

Here you can find how she’ll get on Zara (XIII)

sky over Banningham

The River is flowing ~ Zara (XII)

A little more of the story that gave this blog its name. But I post it on my new blog “The River is flowing

“…Zara and Shallaya reached their family yurt. They could hear Wild Woman intone her healing songs and the clinking of pots and dishes. Wild Woman did not look up when Zara and Shallaya entered the tent.

Zara gasped when she saw her father’s pale face which seemed to have shrunk to half its normal size. His usually well shaven face showed stubble here and there.  Again she had to steady her mother but both did not say a word just sat down one at the head, one at the feet of the injured man. He laid on his bear coat close to the fire in the middle of the tent like structure. A few pots, earthen cups and plates, stood on a wooden stool on the other side of the fire. Beside it, some bright red cushions form a sitting area and closer to the fire more bear coats with woven blankets on them.

Zara spotted dried blood all over her fathers muscular body when Wild Woman took off his clothes to start her healing ritual. His breathing was shallow but still there. Her mother started intoning the shaman supporting melodies while she was rocking gently. Zara fell in immediately…..”

Please read the rest at “The River is flowing ~ Zara (XII)

The River is flowing: Zara (XI)

“Charna is fine by the way!”
Cara looked at him for a second like she could not remember the name of her future daughter in law. She coughed a little and answered: “I am glad to hear that and how are her parents?”
“Fine. Her mother’s fishing is going well!” Ciara smiled at him and said:” and how are her father’s war games going?”

Ciar said nothing for a while and looked at his mother. Her beautiful complexion always amazed him as well as that air of innocence she could spread around herself. “If only she wouldn’t….” He got up to the little hearth in the middle of the hut where he had boiled some tea. After ladling some of it in two cups,  he came back to her and offered it to her. She accepted but still said nothing…..

Please read more at The River is flowing

R.I.P Zara

Have been thinking about my life and where I want to go with it this morning while I went to the allotment. Walking processes a lot and nature has always been kind of clearing my mind.

Writing is important and I love it but I think my Zara project has to come to an end. Why?

20 years and I haven’t gone anywhere with it. Yes I know you should never give up on your dreams but to be honest:

I love writing poetry!

I love blogging!

I like writing a novel!

There you go the short forms are what I enjoyed mainly and I think I am good with them. Well, of course I have to improve in many areas but that is the challenge and the fun of it. The day I give up improving will be a sad day and I will be old.

And you know what?

As soon as I decided on giving Zara up I felt so much better. Maybe I was meant to write a “Lord of the Rings“~style fantasy novel with mainly female characters but it was always somehow guilt-ridden. I always had to push myself to do it while all the other projects come much more naturally. Well, then let her go and enjoy the rest :-).

Zara & Morsmart (#amwriting)

This year I have started two longterm projects. Well, Zara of course I have started much earlier but not in ernest. I wanted to write on that fantasy story every day but realised after a while that blogging is more important to me. So it balanced itself out that I write on the novel on my days off. The rest of the week I concentrate on blogging.

Originally I wanted to write Morsmart only every two weeks but it is such fun that I started it twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Every entry is about 600 words that’s no too much really. I use it to practise my writing of intersting scenes like integrating all senses and not describe but make some action.

What is it about?

Our Universe in a not too far future. Supermarkets have taken over society but the outlaws of Catchy do not approve. Rowan Enterprise has just started in Morsmart one of the biggest but will he achieve what he came for?

Zara & Morsmart (#amwriting)

This year I have started two longterm projects. Well, Zara of course I have started much earlier but not in ernest. I wanted to write on that fantasy story every day but realised after a while that blogging is more important to me. So it balanced itself out that I write on the novel on my days off. The rest of the week I concentrate on blogging.

Originally I wanted to write Morsmart only every two weeks but it is such fun that I started it twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Every entry is about 600 words that’s no too much really. I use it to practise my writing of intersting scenes like integrating all senses and not describe but make some action.

What is it about?

Our Universe in a not too far future. Supermarkets have taken over society but the outlaws of Catchy do not approve. Rowan Enterprise has just started in Morsmart one of the biggest but will he achieve what he came for?