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BDN Archive – The Door – Short Fiction Piece

This was originally posted on blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on September 9, 2011.

This was written for one of the rounds of (sadly now defunct) Writer’s Platform Building Campaign. There were challenges issued throughout the campaign, and the prompts for this particular one were to begin the story with “The door swung open” and to end with “The door swung shut” while keeping it under 200 words.


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The door swung open.  Seth concentrated, focusing on the energy around him and in him.  The door flickered as his grasp on it wavered.  A hand landed on his shoulder.  Seth jumped, and the door almost vanished, but not quite.

“You’re trying too hard,” the voice was deep and almost ominous.

“I’m sorry, Father Time,” Seth was finally able to speak and at least maintain the connection at the same time.  Constructing gateways was not easy at all.

“Trust me,” Father Time instructed, “Trust that I control the energy.  I have given you the ability, but trust that I manage it for you.”

Seth took a deep breath.  With the air came energy, filling his lungs, then his blood, and then traveling to his hands.  Holding them palm side up, he saw the door frame resting on them.  Father Time’s hand was still on his shoulder, and the energy flowed between them and the gateway.

The doorway solidified, and for just a brief moment in time, Seth saw his ancestral home, bathed in the midnight moon.

“Now close it,” Father Time commanded.

Seth took a deep breath.  Air became energy, and became a solid door.  It shimmered.  The door swung shut.


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BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp

This post first appeared at blackanddarknight.wordpress.com on December 4, 2012.Being Ready to be Published - Notes from a Daniela Rapp workshop | RebekahLoper.com

Back in October [2012], I attended the Ozark Creative Writers Conference.  Daniela Rapp, an editor with St. Martin’s Press, spoke there.  While she represents mostly genres that I don’t even think about writing, she gave a very good workshop on the basics of publishing – things that apply no matter what you’re writing.

This post is compiled from my notes of that workshop.  Continue reading “BDN Archive – Being Ready to be Published – Notes from Daniela Rapp”

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On Camp NaNo, Worldbuilding, and Rain

April is over, somehow. I did not meet my Camp NaNo goal, ending the month with only 25 of the 75 hours I was aiming for. But that’s still 25 more hours than I had on April 1st, and so I’m pleased with that, even if a bit disappointed that I couldn’t just get my butt in gear and finish up that last 50 hours. Because I pretty much didn’t write/edit most of the last half of the month.

The main thing I worked on for Camp NaNo was revisions of my A-Zs of Worldbuilding workbook (that I’ve been hinting at since I wrote the original blog series). I have made a lot of progress toward getting this ready to publish this summer, though I’m not putting out a firm date yet until I’ve finished getting my last bits of feedback and have implemented what is necessary.

If you’d like to help with promotion for the A-Zs of Worldbuilding (whether it’s a review, or just sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc) when publishing time has come, please fill out this short survey. Thank you!

In other news… we’ve had some rain.

So. Rain much? Ugh. My poor chickens. #rain #thunderstorms #oklahomawx #okwx

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You may recall when we had 15″ of rain in May of 2015.

We finished out April of 2017 with more than 10″ of rain. And most of that was in the last half of the month. Counting the first weekend of May, when it was still raining, we definitely came close to hitting that 15″ mark again over the course of a few weeks.

I’m just glad for a sunny weekend right now.

And lastly, I’m back on Twitter.

Almost two years to the date when I gave up Twitter. (Ironically.)

You can follow at @rebekah_loper.