Hammering Out a Second Edition part 5

Pandering cat picture. When eyebrows attack.

I’m trying to work while a squirming cat takes over the keyboard. I think she partnered up with my demon wizard Calico Winghorse to distract me from (TRAMM) Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs. And I’m not above posting a cat picture to lure in readers.

So. Between the cat over there, and Calico pestering me for the last few days, I need to figure out where in TRAMM I can have his cameo. For Calico, not the cat 🙂 And I have yet to reach a point in my rewrites/edits for that. When I do get to that point, I will post the snippet. It will begin your journey into my current obsession with this demon-wizard character.

Some may recall Calico is the main character of an urban fantasy series that takes place on our Earth. The fantasy locales in my books may differ, but the settings are in the same ‘universal timelime’. Calico was born and raised in the world TRAMM takes place in. His background will be explored in his own series.

Back On Topic

At the time of writing this blog post, I’ve finished revising what appears to be chapter 10. It still has to run the gambit of my most awesome crit partners though. I’ve also queued up six more chapters and put them into Scrivener to edit.

I’ve also found the notes for TRAMM’s book two and three. I’m desperately trying not to reveal any spoilers, but I will say stakes are risen. There’s a high level of tension and danger throughout as the crew turns to face the head villain in their own unique ways.

There is also another very special cameo, not by Calico, but by someone else of extreme importance in my overall universe–I’ll call this one Character X. And no, it is not Acanthus Breese from Phoenix Embryo.  I’m also unsure if Character X will show up in just book 2, or also in book 3.

By book three in the TRAMM trilogy (tentatively titled the Elemental Rain trilogy), I can hope the reader will be slumped in their chair, happily exhausted and saying “Fuck, that was awesome. About damn time!!”

I just realized I’m what, five or six posts into this thread, and I haven’t yet introduced my main character, Pony. However, I think that deserves a post all on its own. So look for it next week.

Future Scene Sneak Peek

Pony skipped her morning run to forage for breakfast.

The back alley garbage cans near Lightfoot yielded less bounty, but she didn’t have the will right now to fend off competitors. She had to eat, even if she didn’t feel like it. She found two half-eaten rolls and most of a browned apple. Pony flicked off the dirt and maggots.

The clock tower rang five. It was time to punch in. She hugged her smelly work tunic before she drew it on.

Lightfoot employees loitering around the courtyard grumbled when she arrived, but no one confronted her.

Ruskin and Stom were on their way out into the wilds. Ruskin, being the brat-toad he was, flashed a rude gesture and yanked on her tail as he passed. Without much thought, Pony spun, slamming her boot into his ass. Knocked off his feet, Ruskin plowed into a mouthful of gravel. Stom pointed and laughed.

Pony continued on her way without another thought or backward glance, because it had been the brat-toad.

She knew Conner was either out back by the stables getting whipped or sitting in the box for the day. Knowing Upshaw, Conner was probably suffering both.

Opportunity was on its knees, begging.

Pony entered Upshaw’s office and pulled out the small envelope Nicholas had given her. As usual, Upshaw’s coffee and sandwich sat on the corner of his desk, nearly buried under paperwork. She emptied the packet into his coffee and gave it a stir with her finger.

She made sure the office door shut behind her. Strolling through the locker room to the assembly hall, no one paid her any mind. As usual. However, it wasn’t like Upshaw wouldn’t know exactly who the culprit was when the powder made its way into his system. Walking outside, she settled into the old chair under the courtyard’s dogwood tree.

And waited.

Fingers laced together at the back of her head, and elbows out, Pony smiled, noticing how cheery the wildflowers looked this morning.

End Future Scene.

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs chapter 2 can be read here.

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