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Kids went back to school yesterday! The boy only goes in the morning, so I have about 3.5 hours from the time they leave until he gets home. And about another 4 hours before the girl gets home.

wearing last year's book bag until after his birthday(sept 3)

wearing last year’s book bag until after his birthday(sept 3)

Yesterday we spent some of that time between playing Legos. But, I was able to get some editing done before he got home. IMG_0809Today I plan to start walking again, unless it’s raining. Then, I just might get on the treadmill(which I find extremely boring after walking outside, but at least it will be something).

And they're off!

And they’re off!

I’m finishing up edits on Flames of Justice(yeah, that was quick, but it’s only a ~20k novella). But, I could still share a bit from it, although I’ll be working on something else(Scars & All. woohoo!) next week. Or I could share a bit from the exercise I did for the GMC craft book I’m reading. Yeah, I think I might do that. We were supposed to quickly write up a character’s(new one on a character not in current project) GMC then write a quick scene(not spending more than an hour on it). These characters actually showed up in Chasing the Ghost(Gilbert, CO #4), and I’ve been getting the itch to tell the story of how they ended up where they are. It will probably only be a novella, and I have another one I want to write in this series, too(which will be an expansion of this story I wrote in May. I think these will be my NaNo project this year.

So anyway I have the first 8 paragraphs of this scene for the untitled project. Part of the exercise was to use the phrase, “What’s mine is mine. What’s your is up for grabs.” somewhere in the piece. I started with that(though it will probably come out later). This is the first time typing any of this up, so obviously it’s very rough.

“What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is up for grabs.” Bryan Coleman muttered his boss’s words again as he headed for the diner. He was glad the words hadn’t been exactly directed at him. But, they might as well have been.

His boss hadn’t had to tell him this was his last chance. He’d lost the last three contracts he’d tried to negotiate. If he didn’t get this one, he’d be out on his ass.

The last thing he wanted was to prove his dad right in everything.

Bryan took a deep breath before pushing through the door. Now or never. The potential client was probably already waiting for him.

He let his eyes adjust to the dimmer interior after being out in the bright Colorado sun then glanced around. He was supposed to meet the guy at the back corner table, isolated from the rest of the crowd.

And, of course, the table was already occupied. Bryan wanted to swear, but he needed to retain his professional demeanor. It was bad enough the client had arrived before him.

He wiped one hand on his slacks, then shifted his briefcase to it so he could dry the other hand. As he approached the table, the man sitting there glanced up. Bryan was a little surprised by his appearance. First of all, he was young. He didn’t look like he should even be out of college, let alone the head of some mining corporation.

Maybe he’d inherited the position.

This scene may or may not make the official first draft. I haven’t really even started plotting it. I do know a bit about the main characters as they were side characters in Chasing the Ghost.

  • Flames of Justice – 1st round of revisions. Possibly: start read through. If still have time: 2nd round of revisions – got all of these done & about half way through the list of words to polish out of it. I added over 1600 words during the two revision rounds. And have cut 400 words so far during the polishing.
  • Into the Sun – Read through & revision plan – weekend project
  • Read: GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict – finish – More than 85% through now.
  • I also finished reading The Forgotten Ages(Lindsay Buroker) last night. This included two novellas and a short story set in her Emperor’s Edge world, but like 20 years earlier than that series. I loved them. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve read anything of hers I haven’t liked.

I’m actually hoping to finish polishing Flames of Justice today. Then, I can start working on notecards for Scars and All. Excited to be getting back to Doren and Cassie sooner than I’d planned on.

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: And They’re Off" (18)

  1. I remember those half days… those tiny hours went by in a flash, hardly enough time to get anything done before I was turning around to go get her again.

    Today both kids went back to school. 2nd and 10th grades. Mommy gets writing time! Yeah!

  2. My son’s birthday is September 2! Of course, he’ll be 14, so he’s just a LITTLE older than yours…. =)

    No back to school for us, so I’ll just mostly keep on as we are…

    I like this snippet – Bryan seems like an interesting character, but I’m eager for the return of Doren and Cassie, too! =)

  3. Heh. Businessmen, though, they’re coming younger in some businesses, though I wouldn’t expect it to be with a mining company. Hopefully Bryan holds his own and gets the contract.

  4. Ah… back to school time. I love the sales on all things stationery-like during this time of year. πŸ˜€

    Interesting set-up you’ve got going here. Hinting at the dynamic with his father, showing his nerves, and who is the young businessman one wonders. Yes, one does.

    • yeah, I saw notebooks for like $0.18 last week. Should have grabbed them. Can always use more notebooks, even though I do most things on the computer.
      Thanks. And you just might find out next week. πŸ™‚

  5. I like it! It’s actually quite polished for a rough exercise. Lots of good potential conflict going on.

  6. Oh, man. That’s quite a teaser! I already want to know who this too-young-to-be-a-businessman is person. I can definitely feel Bryan’s tension here.

    Wishing your kiddos the best in the new school year. Mine start in less than two weeks–yikes! It’s my younger one’s first time at school now that we’re done with homeschooling. I’m pretty sure I’m more nervous than she is. LOL!

    • Thanks. Definitely think I’ll have to share another snippet from this next week. πŸ™‚
      Yeah, we started a little early this year. Usually they go back the week before Labor day on a Wednesday. I’m not really sure why they changed it up this year.

  7. Your snippets are always so intriguing and I always want to know more~! *pouts*

    I sympathise with Bryan, both for his boss (I once had the misfortune to sit next table along to someone very similar in a pub a couple of years back, who was with a subordinate and just… kept talking at him all meal; it was so hard not to laugh, he was awful…) and for the realisation that the guy he’s meeting seems young. Or is it just me that thinks everyone looks really young these days…?

  8. […] the end of August/beginning of September, I posted a couple snippets from a plotting exercise I did(Part 1 & Part 2). These characters showed up in Chasing the Ghost and suddenly wanted their own story. […]

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