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    1-18-17, 2:07 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    I just think that the idea of a romantic relationship never being unstable is completely unrealistic. There's always something going on that could...
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    1-18-17, 1:41 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    It should still be about the emotional journey though. Isn't that what internal goals are? Just because a couple lives happily ever after doesn't...
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    1-18-17, 1:37 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    It's discussion not disagreement. The internet is a fabulous thing.
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    1-18-17, 1:35 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Arranged marriages are a thing in fantasy. I've read a few fantasy books with that situation. So, the journey is really about their emotional...
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    1-18-17, 1:29 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Not at all considering how many arranged marriage books there are out there.
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    1-18-17, 12:47 PM
    The Count Of Monte Cristo is also another one of his masterpieces. It took me forever to read but I loved it so much I went and rented the movie...
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    1-18-17, 12:45 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Fair enough point. :D
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    1-18-17, 12:32 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Forest Pictures!! in Chit Chat
    The bottom pic is my house. LOL jk! I wish!
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    1-18-17, 12:31 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Forest Pictures!! in Chit Chat
    I just realized that there are no winter pics of Alaska, so here!
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    1-18-17, 12:17 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Marriage stable? HA! It's hard work, cookie.
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    1-18-17, 12:15 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    A fellow Indie shared some stats that she put together (on another forum) and it showed Thriller & Suspenseful romances being the highest selling...
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    1-18-17, 12:08 AM
    The Musicmaker book wasn't very good. Sigh. Got burned again. I'm so sick of dry sounding books. Ugh. Finished a couple of the other books, which...
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    1-18-17, 12:00 AM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Thank you!! Although this is a fantasy site, so I doubt many here read romance, which one needs to do a lot of in order to understand it's not just...
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    1-17-17, 10:44 PM
    Did the OP go through with this? I've been thinking of writing a novelette and releasing it a chapter per week on my blog. Still on the fence though.
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    1-17-17, 4:59 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    I'm simply offering a different perspective.
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    1-17-17, 4:17 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    If genre annoys you, then why do you read EVERYTHING? You *do* realize that you're basically reading the same stories over and over again, already...
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    1-17-17, 4:10 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Not sure what you're asking. Is it my comment about love vs romance or about all stories involving love somehow?
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    1-17-17, 2:59 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    What I mean by love story is very fluid. It can be love for someone else, a thing, or love of Self. But every story has this in some capacity driving...
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    1-17-17, 2:45 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Perhaps it was the broadly stroked brush of "knowing how a story ends is bad" without knowing that's what was said, but we're all responsible for how...
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    1-17-17, 1:44 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    45 is definitely shorts weather! Also, my in-laws live on the Olympic Peninsula. We love visiting them there. The climate is so nice and temperate...
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    1-17-17, 12:40 PM
    Weave backstory into your narrative, but remember to keep focus on the present. On story. Some ideas of how to include backstory into your narrative:...
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    1-17-17, 12:32 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    The same! Although, Alaska really has 3 seasons: -winter October-April -snow break up-April-May -summer June-Sept -fall optional during...
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    1-17-17, 1:50 AM
    Chessie replied to a thread Writing Love in Writing Questions
    Foreshadowing and promising an ending are two different things. Foreshadowing is the planting of a seed for something big later on. Promising an...
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    1-17-17, 12:16 AM
    Chessie replied to a thread Forest Pictures!! in Chit Chat
    There's some Cow Parsnip in the top picture, too. There's prime bear territory in all of those images. -_-
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    1-16-17, 6:52 PM
    Chessie replied to a thread Random thoughts in Chit Chat
    I just spent an hour digging my car out of 4 inches of snow and it still can't budge out of its spot. I'm seriously ready for spring here.
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The Sirin's Egg (part 3)

by Chessie on 9-24-16 at 3:57 AM
A humble cabin in the woods was Marta’s true home and her prince had just seen it. Her lies had been revealed due to one simple fact she could’ve attended to earlier: exhaustion. She had allowed her body to tire, ignored the yawns and fogginess in her head. It was, of course, no surprise that the magic in her system waned, leaving her muscles aching, mind unclear, and heart exposed to Elya’s justified wrath.

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The Sirin's Egg (part 2)

by Chessie on 9-24-16 at 3:54 AM
Home wasn’t far away.

Marta stopped to drink from a stream under the cover of trees once again. The water quenched her nerves and soothed her scratchy throat. She stroked the egg, wondering just what Grand Prince Vladimir would do with such a rare gift. Would he have the servants place it under warmers until it hatched and then lock up the bird in a fancy cage? What of his esteem for her? She already had Elya’s love but a lady of nobility was tasked with providing expensive dowries

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The Sirin's Egg (part 1)

by Chessie on 9-24-16 at 3:52 AM
Deep in the forests of Mirovinia lived an aging lumberjack named Paskale and his daughter Marta. As the sun awakened the sleepy woods with warm, delicious rays of pink-orange light, she stood troubled on the back porch of their cabin home, fully in the knowledge that tomorrow morning she’d be marrying Elya...and still had no dowry to give.

Her papa was a very old man, having retired from his job at the lumber mill more than a handful of years ago. She spent most of her days reluctantly

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