Saturday Snippet for the WIP With No Name

April 11, 2015

“Did you give Candy Beasley a warning on Monday?”
“Mrs. Beasley?” I thought he’d called me in his office to yell at me for being late.
“Yes, Mrs. Beasley. Did you give her a warning for driving on the wrong side of the road on Monday?”
He leaned over, propping his hands on his desk. “Yes? Or Yes!”
“Yes, sir. I gave her a warning.”
“Why, sir?”
“Yes, why?”
“Because Sheriff Townsend—“
“Do I look like Sheriff Townsend?”
“No, sir?” I shook my head for emphasis and wished I’d just called in sick.
He sighed and shook his head. “She hit a parked car—”
“Barely,” I rushed to explain, “It was a scratch and Mrs. Glenn wasn’t even mad.”
“That’s awesome. That’s fantastic but the mayor is pissed and I’m guessing the Lolly Ferguson and the utility company aren’t too happy either, but I’ve been dodging their calls!”
“But…but she hit a car.”
“Not this morning. This morning she took out a telephone phone while doing seventy through town. She’s in the hospital—” he held up a finger as my mouth opened, “—because then she … she drove…” He scrubbed his face, sighed again and pinned me to the chair with a hard, blue-eyed stare. “She drove her Caddy into the Curl Up and Dye,” he ground out.

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6 Sentence Sunday

March 7, 2010

#SixSentenceSunday blog post (from something I love):
And in that moment as I took in my mother’s red-rimmed eyes and lopsided hairdo through the smoky haze, I realized the horrible ugly truth. Those magic moments, those milestones that we so eagerly waited for, prayed for, woke up and greeted with open arms thinking how profoundly different our lives would be from that moment on didn’t mean Jack damn squat.

It wasn’t in the stupid birthdays, or the boyfriends, the engagements, the weddings, or even the birth of a child that we would find those profound changes we looked so forward to. It was in…the other things. The ugly, dark shocking things that we held to us and hid, always fearful others would find out. The Pandora’s box of horrible misguided choices made and deeds done in the name of what was good and what was right.

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Leaving Town

February 9, 2010

I’m afraid that, due to a death in the family, I’ve got to leave town which means I’ve also got to cancel the last of the 14 Days of Love :( To those I owe prizes to, they’ve either gone out, I’m waiting to hear back on book/video choices etc or I’ll be in touch this weekend when I get back.

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Processing the Process

January 24, 2010

Last year from January to June I vomited up what, for me, is an ungodly amount of pages, mostly on proposals so, of course, none of them are done. One is still being shopped while two are shelved for the time being.

BUT from July to December I wandered around angsting about not getting any writing done. Yes yes please save the scoldings. The truth is that from July to December the dayjob kicked my ass but somehow I DID manage to get some writing done. I wrote 50 pages on a southern fiction piece and then flipped 100 pages of another proposal from 1st present to 3rd past, and edited the first 120 or so pages on yet a third proposal (the one still out). The second project still needs another round of edits before it goes back to Agent Holly and the first project is probably shelved until later this year because it’s a book I’ll have to finish (new genre for me) to shop.

Now, here’s the kicker: It’s January again and I just vomited up 15 pages yesterday on a brand new bright and shiny (don’t worry Holly, I also cracked the mystery that was chapter 2 on the manuscript I’m editing). I am a firm believer that a) ideas need time to cook and b) no two WRITER’S writing processes are the same. I know I’ve commented/blogged on this before but c) sometime I even forget my process and d) sometimes no two single PROJECTS are written the same way.

All that said, I feel like I’m pretty in tune with my writing process…except I think I’m going to have to add another letter in there…

E) I only write from January to June???

*nodding* it’s definitely a possibility. So what’s my point? Pay attention. ;)

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