This chapter sees Merreth's introduction to life on the other side of the Saskanna River. She's been there not ten minutes when she makes things worse for people by trying to make them better.
It's not a bad chapter. As with the others, it requires tightening up/
Merreth touches her left forearm and suppresses a wince. Under the bandage a puckered, angry brand indicates the date her service to the Western Watch ends. It doesn’t just throb, it hammers her arm with pain.
The brand shows whether a man – or woman, in her case – is on the wrong side of the Saskanna.
I can see the wrinkles in your mother’s smile. The lines adorning her face that your new friends will never realize weren’t always there. I can see your dad’s graying hair. I remember when you used to have a black-and-white cat and a golden retriever who are both dead now, leaving you with one pet left (I remember when you got her too).
You were my first friend in pre-school. I was shy, but we became best friends immediately. I remember how we would try and sneak up on our teacher, but she would somehow always know we were behind her. She used to joke that she had eyes on the back of her head, but to us, it was pure magic.
I started writing in my late forties, focusing on Xena, Warrior Princess and X-Files fan-fiction. Very quickly I decided I wanted characters of my own so I could become published in the future. I focused on topics and characters that appealed to me: Empire, history, politics, military strategy and tactics, and strong, yet flawed, female protagonists. Alternate history fascinates me and that is reflected in my writing. However, though my stories are take place in an alternate world I avoid magic and magical creatures. Lady Merreth and her adventures are set forth in my first novel – Western Watch -- which I am currently writing.
Wow. It has been a while. Apologies to all of you who keep stopping by for something new (Hi mom!). I've been busy with work and my writing projects.
I have now edited the first seven chapters of Western Watch. I am uncertain whether I can truly call this a second draft. From what I have read what i am doing is creating a cleaned up first draft. Having said that I have also got about 1/2 of the sequel plotted out. Some of the other writing related things I have been pursuing:
Learning (and cursing) ScrivenerUpdating my blog www.forsengfiction.comMaintaining a presence on Twitter Posting to my FaceBook pageSetting up a Pinterest accou
Those of you familiar with Lady Merreth know that ~SYoshiko (https://www.deviantart.com/syoshiko) does most of her images. However, I have been fortunate enough to have :iconyacermino: provide me with several drawings of the villains that Merreth faces. Most of these are from my upcoming novel, Western Watch, but one memorable character is Yacermino's creation -- "The Bounty Huntress".
Here is a quick video showcasing some of Yacermino's work. I put it together using PowToon -- you might want to check out that web-based application if you are thinking of doing your own videos.
Enjoy, and don't forget to visit both :iconsyoshiko: and :iconyacermino:.