Sunday, July 2, 2017

WeWriWa: It's All In the Cards . . .


Last week, I had the phenomenal opportunity to be a guest on Arwen Lynch's "Tarot By Arwen" You Tube site. I'm such a groupie of hers! To launch her new book on using the Tarot to aid in developing plot and characters, she's doing author video readings to answer those questions in regards to their WIPs. Cool, right! As a Tarot dabbler, I jumped at the chance, and had her do a background check reading on Ophelia Brady, Kip Terriot's love interest in PRINCE OF DREAMS, Book 4 in my "House of Terriot" series, which is still very much on the drawing board. WOW! Did the reading ever fill in the blanks and give me a positive direction! So for today's 8-10 lines, I'm giving you a glimpse of Ophelia and Kip's first meeting in UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS. FYI, Kip is the youngest of the Terriot princes who is more at home on the computer keyboard than in the boots on the ground conflict his family is drawn into in New Orleans.

Kip trotted down to the Square where shops were closed and the street vendors still packing up had nothing to share, making him almost ready to give up when he approached a girl in Bohemian garb standing on an overturned crate taking down some nice sketches from the fence around the inner park. When he called out to her, she yelled back over her shoulder, “Sorry, closed for the night, but your face and your fortune can be first in line tomorrow.”

That’s when he noticed a card table draped with sparkly scarves holding various crystals, now cold candles, a large deck of strange cards, a battered cash box and a sign in the same bold pen and ink style as her portraits proclaiming “Mademoiselle Ophelia Sees All.” He hoped so.

She stepped down off the crate, turned, looking up, way up, and smiled with a flirtatious, “But for yours, I’ll make an exception.”

Kip grinned because she was damned cute with her heart-shaped face, upturned nose, sassy red lips, and curvy figure all wrapped up in bangles and colorful flowing fabrics - definitely more pixie than voodoo queen.

“I was wondering if I might ask you some questions, ma’am, if you have the time.”

“Ma’am?” she challenged, making him blush. “I can’t be more than a minute older than you. Let me see your hand.”

You can check out my character card reading with its Q&A on writing, on YouTube (and remember, I am by NO means a video star wannabe!) 


I've got a loooong weekend continuing into Monday and Tuesday, and am using it to finish the first draft of PRINCE OF FOOLS, and to introduce our new 7-week old kitten Keanu to his surroundings and feline roommates. (Maybe Ed's blogging partner can give me some insights from the furry side). Here's his adorable face. C'mon, a collective Awwww!



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25 comments:

  1. Quite an interesting first meeting! :)

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  2. Keanu is a heartbreaker. I had so much fun with you and Ophelia. Great meeting scene. :)

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    1. Thanks, Arwen! I got sooooo much creative input from that reading. I need to spend tomorrow going over it again and making notes on how to incorporate the information into the plotline. Thank YOU for making my job that much easier! Every card brought a wealth of possibilities!

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  4. Darling kitten! I have a cat named Keanu as well :) Enjoyed the excerpt, very promising, and I definitely want to read more about this couple.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! Ah, like minds when it comes to kitties!!

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  5. As a tarot dabbler, you probably know that Philip K Dick used the tarot to help plot his masterpiece, The Man in the High Castle.

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    1. Seriously?! How cool is that! I'm in classy company.

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  6. What a charming snip, Daryl. Let's see some more.

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  7. I meant Nancy, sorry. You know I am. Too much company on this hot day.

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    1. LOL! I'm a Gemini, so I started to wonder if I'd assumed a another identity. I have enough trouble keeping track of the ones I have.

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  8. Love this snippet, Nancy. Great, smooth dialog and it pulls me in. I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra!! You will, but it may be awhile before I get to it.

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  9. Aw, what a sweet meeting. She sounds fun and adorable.

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    1. Whew! That's what I was hoping for. Thanks, Christina.

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  10. Ooo I wonder what the reading will be...

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    1. I think the cards are ever in his favor . . .

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  11. Loved the snippet. Great visual and wonderful banter. Can't wait to find out his fortune and why he wanted to speak to her. :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I'm getting excited to find out, too!

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  12. Outstanding meeting! I love the line about more pixie than voodoo queen. Dang! Your descriptive writing put me there. :-)

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  13. Awww! Your cat is adorable. Great snippet. I wonder what she's going to see in his future.

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