Friday, November 6, 2009

Fiction Friday

Last night I dreamt that my brother Steven was a zombie and to destroy him we had to tear him into tiny pieces while he was still alive and without him noticing. My first thought upon waking was not ewww, or, I'm so glad that was just a dream. No, my first thought was where's my pen? I've got to write that down.

Today is day 6 of NaNoWriMo and I am still ahead of my goals. This week of writing has been made possible by Micah, who made chicken enchiladas and french bread all by himself. A few stats:

Number of times I thought seriously about quitting: 8
Ounces of caffeinated beverages consumed: 0
Number of times Mr. Coleman called this project "stupid": 2
Topics researched on google: albinism, Krakumal, Gokstad, ship diagram

So, with that, here is an excerpt:

I inhaled deeply and closed my eyes. I wanted to remember every detail from that first trip to Xene Beach. I remember the pale blush of the morning sky, the feel of the shrubs brushing my bare feet, and the sticky coolness of the salty air. I remember Olek from the backside too for all that it matters: his green uniform and straight back, dark head of hair, cross bow slung across his shoulders.

The photo is a shot that I am using as inspiration for my setting. It's the greek island Corfu. Some say it is the most beautiful place in the world.


  1. that's a pretty horrible dream.

    how many times can i say that i am sooo excited for your novel. the paragraph has me intrigued (and that lovely photo/place too).

  2. Wow, that picture is gorgeous. Your paragraph left me wanting more! I can't wait for next Friday. And way to go on being ahead of your goals and staying away from the caffeine. I don't think I could either one of those! :)

    Does Micah know he wins the Awesome Son Award? Seriously, he rocks!

  3. I really want to know more about this story! I'm excited for more excerpts. Let's take a trip to this island together some time! :)

  4. Sounds so awesome. And KUDOS to Micah!!! Wow. I'm still speechless. Why haven't I taught Miranda these things yet? Toast, yes, scrambled eggs, maybe if the twins aren't home to get burned. But enchiladas: the stove & oven & everything, wow.

    Can't wait to read this story!

  5. jenni (and anyone else interested):
    a trip to corfu is definitely on the bucket list. and if i ever get published, it will all be tax deductible. research, ya know?

    melanie: i agree. micah is awesome. my kids are cooking dinner 3 nights a week this month. so far, so good. as long as i am nearby to supervise.

  6. rachel...I'm intrigued. sounds amazing so far, I'm excited to hear more! You are amazing.

    So, do your kidos want to come train mine? That is so great....what a good boy.
    (aweful dream btw)

  7. oooh I'm intrigued! I can't wait to hear more!

  8. What a freaky dream. Are you sure this novel writing is good for your mental health? :)

    Can't wait to read more.