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#FridaySnippets 13 – The Ending.
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This week’s snippet is my response to a response to one of my blog posts. Yeah, I know. But that’s what it is! I’ll spare you the complete explanation but, in case you’re interested in how this snippet came about, here are links to the two posts that led up to this: Snow Day Writing Prompt (My original post) Finish The Story(Emerald’s response to my writing prompt) That said, this is what I left in the comments section of her post. It’s rough. REAL rough. But since I have about a month’s worth of things to do this weekend… well, you get the idea, right? After you’re done why not try my Snow Day Writing Prompt and Emerald’s Finish The Story challenges. We’d love to see what you come up with! Okay, here we go! 😀 “Daddy?” “Yes Teacake?” “What are you doing here?” “I just came by to make sure you were okay. I know things aren’t easy for you right now and I thought maybe you could use some familiar company for a bit.” “How … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 12 – More from “Boots”
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This week’s #FridaySnippets is from my current WIP “Boots”. This scene is simply the introduction of Special Agent Rake. It’s further into the story than anything I’ve posted before, but still closer to the beginning than the end. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “I don’t have time to waste on guesses. I need to KNOW what we have to work with.” “I understand completely. You just go ahead and keep hoggin’ all our donuts and coffee – you selfish, overdressed fuck – and we’ll continue doing all the work and making sure you get all the credit.” That’s what Dillard wanted to say. Instead, as one who actually appreciated the level of selfless integrity that was expected of an officer of the law… “I understand completely. We’re working on nothing else at this point and will keep you updated in a timely manner.” “That’s good to know and much appreciated. The last thing we need right now is a … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 11 – Friday Writing Game
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After a few weeks of “unplugging” for the holidays (and, quite frankly, not writing much at all) I had no idea what to use for my next #FridaySnippets. Thanks to Ruth Ellen Parlour for solving that issue with her idea to play a little game with #FridaySnippets this week! Here are the rules she posted on her site: Go grab a book. Any book. It doesn’t even have to be fiction. Flip to a random page and pull out a line at random; it doesn’t even have to be a full sentence. Write it down and for 15 mins, continue the story! Feel free to post your writing in the comments section and feel free to comment on other people’s or share the game on your own blog. Remember to have fun with this, it’s not a serious piece of writing so just get the juices flowing! The book I grabbed my line from is “Waking Lazarus” by T.L. Hines. [GREAT BOOK! Find it on Amazon and GoodReads] I’ve used bold type for the line from the … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 10 – A peek at my NaNoWriMo project
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I’ve missed #FridaySnippets for a couple of weeks now because I’ve been extremely busy with all of my current projects. Sharing a good chunk of the blame for stealing Internet time is my NaNoWriMo project. Although I haven’t posted any progress on the NaNoWriMo site, I have been making some progress. That said, I’ve decided to post a little bit of it for my #FridaySnippets this week. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft – fingers flying over the keyboard with reckless abandon (before any edits or corrections) – so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 After all this planet had been through, Red wasn’t sure if it was right to think there might be some hope left. Only a few grains remained and, as far as he could tell, they had nothing left in them but mass. Retrospect offered nothing toward a silver lining in all of this. The world was gone and somehow he had lived to see it take it’s dying breath. Now what? The normal human response would be … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 9 – “Good Samaritans”
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I was going to post a snippet from “Boots” this morning until I realized that I had poured my coffee, turned on my laptop and gone to full-screen mode with terrible thoughts in my head. I have no idea what I will do with this little flash, if anything, but it was fun to write! FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft – fingers flying over the keyboard with reckless abandon (before any edits or corrections) – so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 There wasn’t much food left but it didn’t matter at the moment. Brendan wasn’t feeling too hungry at this point. It was colder today. Not much, but enough to make him realize he would have to find a way to keep the weather outside where it belonged. If he could build a fire there was a chance he wouldn’t freeze to death by the time winter set in. Yeah, that would keep the frigid air at bay, but would also create a beautiful flicker of light and trail of … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 8 – “Transits” (a side project)
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This week’s #FridaySnippets is from one of my secondary projects. The working title is “Transits” but will likely change as I get closer to the final draft. This scene is a bit into the story so giving you a smidge of setup might not be a bad thing. On second thought, I think I’ll let it stand alone for now. I don’t want to spoil the beginning for you, do I? 😉 FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft – fingers flying over the keyboard with reckless abandon (before any edits or corrections) – so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 After a few hours, the space in the back of the box truck seemed to lessen and conversation was nothing but a memory. Most of the men were in some state of meditation while others – the lucky ones – had actually fallen asleep. The truck’s engine suddenly slowed as one of the men in the cab pounded three times on the window that separated the two groups. As the echo of … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 7 – “Bodies” (Clyde’s neighbors)
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This week’s snippet is from “Bodies”. For the moment, this is the scene that introduces both characters involved. I’ve got a few other ideas bouncing around in my head for them, so I may change their entrance (at least for one of them) to an earlier point in the story. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “Well Richard, why don’t you just go ask him?” “And just what do you suggest I say to him when I show up out of the blue with no real reason to be there? Besides, he keeps his gate locked all the time now.” Jane dropped 3 cubes of sugar, one at a time, in her tea-cup. “Does it really matter what you say? I mean, we’re neighbors! What’s wrong with a neighbor popping in to visit?” “Should I take him some brownies or maybe a pie?” “Oh, just stop it Richard! Why do you always have to be like that?” “You know Jane, … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 6 – “Armoth Ridge”
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Since I’ve been on the road the last couple of weeks and have written very little (and I had to make an unplanned trip to town this morning), I’ve decided to give you another taste of my recently “benched” WIP, “Armoth Ridge” for this week’s snippet. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 He came home one Friday night after he made Ted take him to another strip bar in Tulsa. He got kicked out again for getting pushy with the dancers (who, of course, wanted nothing to do with him now that he was broke). Dave tore through the door ready for another good round with his “so-called, loving wife” because she had a hard time making love to him after his nights out like this and would, no doubt, be slightly less than cooperative this evening as well. He almost fell back out the door as soon as he opened it. “What the…” He stood there wide-eyed with his … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 5 – “Armoth Ridge”
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This week’s snippet is from my recently “benched” WIP “Armoth Ridge”. Not real intense, but a finish on the introduction of a main character (Aaron). A “calm before the storm” moment I suppose. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “Green Acres, it’s your dime.” was how Aaron answered the phone. Steve laughed and asked if he could talk to the pig. “Sorry, but he’s out fixin’ the John Deere right now, can I help you?”. “So how do ya like the old ranch so far? I hear it’s got a cute mailbox!” “Yeah, it’s just adorable…” Aaron was use to L.A. where you either had one of those mailboxes that hung on the porch wall or a mail slot in the door that made the dog feel like it got a special treat everyday about the same time for no apparent reason. He never thought he’d have his very own “cow with a turtle on it’s head” mailbox perched on … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 4 – “Boots”
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This week’s snippet is from my primary project “Boots”. It is the introduction of Wade’s friend, Trip. As are most of my snippets, this one is a rough draft in the “almost brain-spill” category. Key word: ROUGH. Enjoy! “Hey Wade! How ya be?” Wade turned and a smile instantly covered his face. “Howdy Trip! Cain’t say I need much!” That was the normal exchange between the two of them. Their own little way of bracing for the way everyone else acted around Wade when he was in town for his shopping. The folks in town weren’t mean to him. They just seemed to think that he wasn’t too smart so they always treated him like he was a kid. They were always trying to talk him into moving to town and staying at the church home or the shelter while he applied for some kind of government assistance. When he said “Why?”, they would always answer him with “So you can have the things you need and a nice, clean place to stay and…” which always made … Continue reading

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