Saturday, May 30, 2020

Meet Hanuman Pashtari - Snippet from COSMIC LOCK for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors.
Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work.
How are you coping with COVID19? We’re staying at home as much as possible, but the state is reopening. I had hoped for a quiet summer, but we’ve had a surge of online meetings to discuss how to reopen the university safely and how to run classes in the fall. It’s impossible to keep recommended social distancing in a full classroom, so we’ll probably have a hybrid model - online with limited in person teaching.
The good news: face masks work. The bad news: no end is in sight. Stay safe!  
Okay, let’s move on to my story. I’m running a couple of months behind for writing Cosmic Lock. Thanks for your comments last week. I’ve rewritten the conversation that appeared disjointed. In real life, people don’t always answer questions, however, in fiction, readers expect greater continuity.  
At the beginning of Cosmic Lock, Violet and Athanor Griffin discovered their baby son was missing after an attack on the planet of Avalon. They found him in the Master Smith’s forge in the volcanic cone. Athanor has teleported to the nearby town to deal with the outcome of the attack. Note, Violet can see what’s happening through a special amethyst he wears.

The final sentence was: A shuttle rested in front of the large frame of a newly erected portal.  
Now, you’ll meet another Grand Master with mythological precedents. This story in unedited and I appreciate your comments.

The rotund figure of Grand Master Hanuman Pashtari plodded into view. His resonant voice boomed, “Griffin, is your family safe?”
“By Tyche’s grace, they are safe.”  
“Indeed, I am delighted by your news. If this masquerade is over, I’ll pop in to have tea with the White Mother.”
“Tingu will be unable to offer you a cup of tea today. Her cottage was burned to a shell by the raiders. She is safe and will be a guest in my castle until we can rebuild her home.”
“A regrettable loss. We must, however, be thankful the White Mother is alive…”

End of 10 sentences and short continuation.

Interrupting Hanuman’s flow of eloquence, Athanor said, “Will you assist me in hunting for the Ixioth mothership?”
The white-robed Grand Master bowed, “I am at your service, Griffin.”

 Cosmic Lock

Draft Blurb
Grand Masters Violet and Athanor Griffin return from beyond the Cosmic Rift with two shiploads of rescued children and escaped slaves, but their enemies have not been idle in their absence. Avalon is in flames and their little son is missing. Finding him may be the easiest problem for the powerful couple. They must unite the fractious Grand Masters, stop the bloodsucking Ixioths from enslaving sentients, and seal the Rift to prevent new incursions of the vindictive Nulls. Can they overcome the challenges and secure peace for the galaxy?

Cosmic Lock is on pre-order at Amazon
I hope to release it well before the listed date.

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Spin through the galaxy, meeting exotic aliens, as young empath Violet hunts the secrets of the Grand Masters and finds a perilous love.

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26 comments:

  1. Yes, things can be rebuilt, but life cannot be brought back once it's snuffed out.

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  2. Quite visual snippet. I can see the other Grand Master.

    Thanks for the sale. Just bought the first three on Amazon.

    I've worked straight through the lockdown, so in a weird way, my life has remained pretty static. I missed my kids and grandkids terribly, but have recently seen them once since our restrictions are lessening a bit.

    I'd just gotten used to the empty highways, and now it's weird having all the traffic back again.

    Next week we move to the least restrictive stage. Restaurants will be allowed to open for dine-in with a lessened capacity. The Governor has asked (not required) that people still wear masks in public places and continue to social distance.

    You certainly have challenges ahead of you, figuring out how to manage distancing and teaching a class full of students.

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    1. Yes. Plus dealing with budget cuts, which is likely true for most people.

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  3. Charmaine Gordon May 31, 2020 at 8:15 AM
    Interesting snippet, my friend. Life is making eveything upside down. Pray life will finally smooth over.

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  4. Wonderful visuals. Enjoyed your snippet

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  5. I feel that a little payback is on the cards here ...

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  6. Hanuman seems a bit out of touch with current events but willing to help at least. I enjoyed the excerpt, very stately conversation with all the excitement that's going on around them in the story.

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  7. I like the formal way he speaks. I feel the line "If this masquerade is over, I’ll pop in to have tea with the White Mother" is how I feel about life right now!

    My contract is on pause until I am allowed to work in the office again. I'm keeping busy with trying to finish forgotten writing projects which is great... but there's a part of me that wants to have some semblance of my life (outside) back. The concept of "to go and have tea with (anyone)" again reminds me of a normalcy I haven't had since march.

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    1. I agree - a semblance of normal life would be great.

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  8. Teaching is definitely different in a Covid-world. We're still trying to sort things out for the remainder of this semester, let alone how we're going to handle things come fall. We can all at least keep ourselves distracted with good fiction, right? Great snippet! :)

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    1. True. We're in the summer semester when I don't teach. But, I've certainly been reading more novels for distraction.

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  9. Hanuman Pashtari has an interesting non-reaction to the news about Tingu's cottage being burned down. He doesn't ask when, or if it was intentional or accidental, or where she's staying.

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    1. He knows about the attacks and Athanor told him that Tingu would be staying in his castle.

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  10. I like that the new grand master is trying to help.

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    1. He was asked to help - the arrangement was made in the previous book.

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  11. It's great that Hanuman is willing to help. Great imagery.

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    1. Athanor had arranged for the Grand Masters to be on alert to help with attacks.

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  12. Hopefully they'll take care of the mothership and not the other way around.

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  13. Interesting snippet, I liked the descriptions.

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