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Leprechaun Meets Human
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:01:30 AM »
Excerpt from one of my daughter-in-laws novels, Donegal Sidhe: Army of Sorrow:

"Do you hear that?"  They both tilted their heads trying to hear clearly.  The noise reached them again, starting and stopping in a sort of rhythm.  "There it is again."

A bewildered look crossed both girls' faces.  It sounded like music, but not from any instrument they were familiar with.  Brea took a tentative step in the direction it seemed to be coming from.  Orla grasped her wrist, fear twisting her features.

"We're on faerie land.  It can't be a human.  They're not able to come here, and I want to know what kind of creature would be playing music out here."  Brea kept her voice low, trying to reassure Orla.  As a sprite, Orla was under strict orders not to be seen by human eyes.

The lilting melody drifted on the breeze.  Brea turned toward it almost in a trance.  Who or what could possibly play so exquisitely?  It was like...Brea struggled to think of a description.  Like a rainbow sounds.  That was the closest she could come.  She skirted between bushes and behind small trees.  The music grew steadily louder until she was peeking around an ash.

Sitting on a boulder was a young man.  He looked to be in his late teens.  Sunlight filtered through the forest foliage and glinted off his honey-tinted hair.  He seemed to be playing a penny whistle, but Brea had never heard one sound like this.  Eyes closed, lost in a world of his own, he swayed in time.  She was absolutely enchanted, though whether by his music or by him she wasn't quite sure.  How could a human have gotten through the magical barriers?

Completely unaware of what she was doing, Brea began to step out from her hiding spot when a hand pulled her back.  Slightly irritated, she turned and saw Orla shaking her head vigorously.  Leaning closer, Orla mouthed, "What if it's a trap?  Maybe he's a kelpie.  They love to take human form.  Or what if he's a decoy for some mountain trolls?

"His hair is dry.  You know kelpies always have wet hair," Brea breathed back.  "As for mountain trolls, we're too far from the mountains.  Be reasonable."

"That's what I'm trying to be."  Orla was beginning to look frantic.

"It's okay.  I'll change to my human form.  He won't even know what I am."  Quickly before Orla could talk her out of it, she shot up several feet.  Orla was no longer in sight.  The gift of invisibility must be nice, Brea thought sourly.  She stood with her back to the tree for a moment and then timidly stepped out.

She was about ten feet from where the boy sat.  He was, as yet, unaware of her presence, blissfully lost as he was.  Brea walked forward, her feet making no more sound than the wind stirring the grass.  Thinking it might be best to announce her arrival in the small clearing, she intentionally stepped on a twig.  The resulting snap was not very loud, but the boy instantly stopped playing.  His eyes flashed open and darted around him.  They paused when they landed on Brea, who was standing very still.  Whatever she had told Orla, she wasn't entirely sure he was safe.  He looked like a human, a drop-dead gorgeous one, but looks could be very deceiving.

His face relaxed into an easy smile.  "I'm sorry.  Was I disturbing you?  I wanted to try out my new whistle..." he trailed off as he surveyed the girl in front of him.  "Do you live nearby?"

Brea ignored his question.  She took a small step in his direction, a hand halfway raised.  "Who are you?"  The question came out in a quiet whisper.

The boy stood and confidently closed the remaining space between them.  He slowly raised his hand, as though not wanting to scare her off.  "I'm Caith.  Caith Hennesy.  I live over in Donegal."

Brea stared at the outstretched hand.  Then looking up, she was mesmerized by the warmest brown eyes she'd ever seen.  They were like melted chocolate--dark chocolate.  That was unexpected in someone so fair.  He was still looking at her expectantly, although now he looked a little worried as well, probably questioning her sanity, being out in the middle of a forest presumably all alone.  Without thinking, she timidly placed her hand into his much larger one and shook it.  It felt warm and comfortable--like coming home.

She smiled shyly.  "Brea."

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Re: Leprechaun Meets Human
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2015, 07:58:18 PM »
This has potential. Please, continue.  :) :thumb:
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Re: Leprechaun Meets Human
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2015, 08:08:25 PM »
Where's the pics?

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Re: Leprechaun Meets Human
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2015, 09:22:08 PM »
Gramps,

     I just looked this up at Amazon. The Kindle edition is only a buck (although I prefer hardcover). I will have to add her to my reading list!

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     Novels are seldom illustrated. If you like "graphic novels" (comic books for grownups), check out Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Down Town (new, being released on Oct 15, 2015)

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Re: Leprechaun Meets Human
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2015, 11:58:43 PM »
Where's the pics?
IMO, that's a great question.  I think amazon might show the cover art, which shows Brea in the woods (as I recall).

As Noq observes, novels are seldom illustrated.  I think fantasy writers overlook a huge opportunity when they fail to illustrate their novels.  Witness Lewis Carroll's two masterpieces, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, beautifully illustrated by John Tenniel.  I told my daughter in law that she should illustrate Army of Sorrow, and I would pay the artist (assuming a reasonable level of talent).  But she didn't take me up on it.

Counter argument: J.K. Rowling doesn't illustrate her novels, yet she is incredibly successful.  Yes, but she gives wonderfully graphic descriptions of scenes, which helps the reader visualize them.

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2015, 09:38:46 AM »
Actually they (the Potter books) do have illustration, small ones at the chapter 'heads'. But as you say, they weren't done by her.
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Re: Leprechaun Meets Human
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2015, 10:42:46 AM »
Actually they (the Potter books) do have illustration, small ones at the chapter 'heads'.

My error, I missed that.  I think illustrations, including photos for nonfiction, can have an exponential positive effect on the reader.  It does not have to be done in comic-book style; witness the Lewis Carroll books, which, despite their droll humor, have a much more dignified appearance than comic books.  The cover art, especially for a new author, plays a major role in selling the book.  Why not carry it a step further and have at least one illustration per chapter.

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2015, 09:53:16 AM »
Szalinski, the Potter books weren't always illustrated, were they?  Weren't the first illustrated editions introduced this year?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/harry-potter-illustrated-jim-kay/

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2015, 07:44:42 PM »
The ones I have (hardcover) have small illustrations on the first page of each chapter, above the chapter 'name'. These are all simple, single color (black) drawings. So wheter these can be considered 'illustrated' or not I guess depends on the person.  ::)
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