A belated day of loss

IMG_20131229_185204The day four assignment for Writing 101 was to write about a loss.  I’ve had a lot of loss in my life, from my parents and grandparents to my first marriage and more.  Loss is part of life, though not necessarily the most fun part.  And sometimes, what we gain more than makes up for what we’ve lost.

Take sleep, for instance.  I have children, therefore I do not sleep.  Or to be more precise, I no longer sleep as much as I would like.

I no longer have my evenings and weekends to myself, because I’m taking care of little people and shuttling slightly bigger little people to sports practices and piano lessons and birthday parties and all those other fun things that kids like to do.

185305_10150254569193575_7730199_nI no longer have the luxury of privacy, because Cricket and Thumper believe me to be their servant, created solely to give them whatever they want five minutes ago.  Apparently when I became a mother, I also became a clairvoyant genie.  Who knew?

Despite the sleep deprivation and the loss of my privacy, I wouldn’t trade my kids for anything.  I’ve gained so much by knowing them, watching them learn and grow and question, and I love them all so very, very much.

If there’s anything in life more precious than the love of a child, I have yet to discover it.  And I’m not sure I want to.

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WIP Blog Hop

Basically, this blog hop involves answering seven questions about my current work in progress, tagging five new participants, and linking back to the person who nominated me.  I was nominated by the lovely Tricia Drammeh, and you can find her post here. 🙂

Vegin Artwork by Hazel Butler

Artwork by Hazel Butler

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Vegin is the Crown Prince of Lokana and very much a figment of my imagination.

 2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the kingdom of Lokana in the present day, but present-day Lokana looks very much like the Middle Ages.  Eventually there is a small detour to Arkona, a mythical world based on our own that looks very much like present-day eastern Iowa.

 3. What should we know about him/her?
Vegin is an idealist.  He wants to improve living conditions (among other things) in his kingdom, but feels powerless to change anything.  He’s headstrong and naïve, charismatic and caring.  He tries to do the best he can with what’s at hand.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In Book One…