Roguess Stats + Snippets

For September, all my noveling focus was on finishing the first draft of Roguess. I finally finished it yesterday, which means it’s time for stats and snippets!

Here are the stats:
Finished: September 26, 2016 at 2:13PM.
Chapters: 63
Words: 76,385  (I thought it would be a novella...)

And the snippets:
  Her foot caught—on a root or a rock or some other unseen and unknown culprit—and sent her sprawling forward into the snow. The impact shattered through her and stole her breath. So this was how she would die. She’d pictured death more times than she could count and none of her visions had brought her to this particular end.
  He let his head rest on the cool fabric, gritting his teeth against the ache in his chest.
  So much death and nothing he could do to stop it.
  In spite of his best efforts, the memories of the morning fluttered through his mind. Strangers’ eyes, lifeless and sightless. Blood dripping from the blade of his sword like ink from the tip of a pen.
 He jolted at the volume of Aveirna’s tone. His glassy stare seemed to clear. “I—I’m all right,” he said. And though his voice had gone shaky again, his hands were steady as they released the table’s edge.
  She tried to smile but the action seemed foreign, like her lips couldn’t remember how to form the shape.
  Fire surged through Tealdyn’s neck, racing through his spine. His breath stuck in his chest, buried beneath the cry trying to claw through his throat.
  Her coat hung over the back of a simple wooden chair at the room’s other side. They’d torn the seams at the left shoulder—already repaired once in the last half-year—and for that there would be no forgiveness.
  Firelight danced in his gaze.
  The jar left his hand in a wide arc. Glass shattered and sprayed within the fireplace. The flames within sucked hungrily at the oil now soaking the wood and the edges of the hearth.
Something soft and cool brushed Tealdyn’s cheek. In the pitch-black darkness, he could see nothing. He pushed himself to his elbows, aware of the familiar blankets and pillows beneath and around him.
  His room. He was in his room.
  He sat up and pressed his fingertips to his temples. Fire burned in the space between them. Flashes of white light filtered through his head.
  “They told me you’d been injured in the chase. I trust you’ve already met with the healers.” When she didn’t reply, he continued. “It’s not often I extended such courtesy to transgressors. You should consider yourself lucky.”
  Lucky was not the word she would have chosen.
  “I suppose you have a name.”
  “Everyone does.”
  The corners of his lips turned upward. “An offer of an alliance. Purely political, of course.”
  A laugh squeezed out of her throat. “And you think I would accept it after what you just told me?”


  1. AAAHHHH, CONGRATS!!! Finishing a novel is the best feeling in the WORLD. And I totally get that problem of supposedly short stories turning huge. Mine always do that. *shakes head* Usually they become monstrous series! Lol.

    BUT JAMESON. YOUR SNIPPETS. :O I am in love! Your writing has so much emotion and beauty. I can FEEL the tense situations. YOU ARE SO TALENTED.

    I also loved this: “I suppose you have a name.”
    “Everyone does.
    Too great. XD

    1. Thank you! Even when I tried plotting this one last year, it ended up feeling like a novella idea and honestly I don't know how it got to 76K? THE STORY JUST KEPT GROWING. At this point, I'm pretty sure it will remain a standalone (I say that now but secretly it's probably plotting its own sequel), haha.

      *blushes* Awww, thank you so much! :)

  2. CONGRATS, Jameson! I love that you thought it would be a novella and then it ended up a novel :D.

    And OH MY GOODNESS your snippets were WONDEROUS! I loved them so much, you have a wonderful way with words! Everything felt so real - great job!

    ~ Savannah

    1. I still can't figure out how that happened! But it was a fun one to write, so everything worked out well in the end. :)

      Ooh, thank you! I'm so glad you liked them! :)

  3. First: CONGRATS!!! Finishing a draft is something that should always be celebrated! I can't believe your novella turned into a novel! haha. I mean I can though, sometimes stories just run away with us! And this sounds awesome, so clearly it needed more room to be even more awesome.

    More importantly though, OOOOOOOOH MY GOD. I love these snippets! I can honestly say, especially after reading all of Assassins Daughter, that I'm in love with your writing and it just shows even more in your snippets! You know when you ever in the future need a beta for this you can totally feel free to ask me (I swear I'm offering to help you. It's not purely selfish because I want to read this. Promise. XD). Congrats again on finishing your draft, you should be proud, and truly this sounds AMAZING.

    1. Thanks! Currently, I'm feeling okay about the state of the first draft (I mean, it's going to need some work, but I think most of it is usable?), so I guess it all worked out, haha.

      Awww, thank you! *blushes* I'm not sure yet when I'll revise this one but I'd love to have you beta read it when it's ready! :)


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