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Six Sentence Sunday: Back in the Swing! #sixsunday #writing

Welcome to my little part of the world wide web and thanks so much for stopping by for Six Sentence Sunday. As those of you who follow this blog regularly know, I have been absent from the group for a while now, and am just starting to get myself back in the swing of regular postings.

In honor of my actually remembering to write my post this week, I thought I would share a little snipit from my current WIP, MACHENWOOD.

Right now, I am in the process of doing some editing and rereading of the story to this point, as I haven’t really touched the MS in over six months. It’s like a brand new tale to me 🙂 Man, I love that!

Anyway, without bending your ear further, here is my six sentences for this week.

Ana raised a brow. “A Lupine?”

“A mix of human and wolf. They live in the Dark Forest, north of the Glen.”

Ana’s stomach dropped to her toes. Magic wielding goddesses, shapeshifters, dream crystals…how would she ever find her boy?

How’s that for a little teaser? As you can probably figure out, Machenwood is, or will be, a fantasy tale.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the excerpt.

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Happy Sunday!


M is for Machenwood: A Magical Fairy Tale Realm #atozchallenge #blogging #writing #Machenwood

Anyone who has followed this blog for any period of time has probably seen me at least mention Machenwood in my posts.

Heck, the name of the blog is The Machenwood Chronicles and Other Tales — so obviously, the place has a special meaning for me. The rest of you probably think I am just living in one of my imaginary worlds again.

If you think that, you are not too far off.

Machenwood is completely made up (no way!) and can be loosely translated from german.

Machen – fairy tale (I cant make those two little dots over the a, but they should be there) So, Machenwood translates basically to: Fairy Tale Wood and is the fictional realm I created to be the world where my WIP fantasy romance novel series, The Machenwood Chronicles takes place.

Here are a few of the early images I saved to give me a Machenwood feel:

If you have been following the A to Z postings here so far, you have already been introduced to some of Machenwood’s more famous residents — like Domnu, my version of the Big Bad Wolf.

I don’t want to give too much away here, but basically the novel series is Narnia meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales — I might have to remember that if I ever get a chance to pitch these suckers at a conference or event. The series currently has three books at least partially written and one or two others in the outline stages, so hopefully I will be spending a great deal of my time in Machenwood over the coming months.

God willing, some of you might have an opportunity to visit as well, once I have the stories all complete. Until then, you will just have to take my word for it…

Machenwood Rocks!!

Eight Great Truths: Machenwood’s Laws #AtoZchallenge #writing #blogging #machenwood

As I promised you all in yesterday’s D posting, for E day of the A to Z Challenge, we are tackling the Eight Great Truths of Machenwood.

The truths are akin to the laws of physics. They govern all the races and realms of the world, be they dark or light–good or evil.

Even Machenwood’s Pantheon must bend their will to conform to the Truths.

The Eight Truths of Machenwood:

  1. There is no light without dark.
  2. A damsel is ALWAYS in distress.
  3. You can change your form, but you can’t change your essence.
  4. True love conquers all, but passion has power.
  5. Princes are ALWAYS charming.
  6. True gold doesn’t really glitter.
  7. Destiny can’t be outrun, but magic opens doors.
  8. Over time, form will change essence.

(Number five can be noted with respect to yesterday’s post about the character, Domnu. If you recall, he is a prince of the Dark Forest, and therefore bound by Truth #5 — though at some point in history, we can assume he becomes the King, and that law no longer applies to him.)

Everything and everyone who lives in Machenwood are governed by these eight simple truths.

So many ways to torture… I mean, so many ways these eight things could wreck havoc or serve as salvation in the life of a Machenwoodian. So many plot twists, triumphs, and tragedies.

As the author of their fantastic tales, that suits me just fine. 🙂