Weekend Writing Warriors – 12/19/21 – Little Reminders of Who I Was – Meeting Gary

Good evening fellow Writing Warriors. I was out of pocket last week with family visiting from out of state. If you remember, this was the week that the Bray’s celebrate Christmas. My mom made her yearly trek to Texas to spend with her family here. So all of our boys made the trip as well. And if you have stuck around my posts for any amount of time you know we have five kids. So our home nearly burst at the seams. It was a wonderful time of catching up, food, and making new memories. And now we get round two with just the four of us left in the home in just a few days.

I pray you have a great Chrsitmas wherever you are and that your time with family is blessed. Now without further ado, let’s get into this week’s snippet.


I am still working on an official Synopsis for this novel. — The book is about Derrick Anders. He is a college student who works in a bookstore. He is struggling with school, work, and a recent loss in his family. So, he has little time for friends, much less a love life in spite of a coworker, Breonna, who has her eyes set on him. I’m still working on an official Synopsis for this novel.

Carter has been sent to bring them together, just as he was sent to bring Deborah and Aaron together in the first installment. There will be obstacles on their road to getting together. a couple of missed opportunities, and an unexpected bump in the road for the one responsible for their connection. Carter may even need an old friend to help him get back on track.


Here is a little bit from our last time:

“You know me,” Breonna shrugged and smiled, which Derrick had to admit was pleasant. “Well, I gotta get back to work. Talk with ya later.”

Derrick returned to the front counter and finished his day with a couple more Mr. Johnsons but more Patty Clawsons, making his job tolerable. Every now and then, Breonna would pop her head around the corner to say hello, taking returns for restocking, more books that customers second-guessed themselves on. By closing time, his size 12’s hurt, and his mind was exhausted.

OKAY HERE WE GO WITH THE NEW SNIPPET: I am going to jump ahead a couple of scenes, this is the following morning, still in Chapter One:

After his shower and beard trim, Derrick checked the clock. If he hurried, he had enough time for a quick breakfast at the corner taco shop. He had class this morning, and if he wanted to beat the traffic he had to leave now for the shop around the corner.

A bell sounded when he opened the door. Gary, a regular was sitting in the corner nursing a cup of coffee. He had been a fixture since Derrick began eating at the restaurant, he was a 60-year-old widower with a possible drinking habit.

“I can’t believe Porter missed that shot last night,” Gary said, taking a sip from his steaming cup.

“You can’t make them all,” Derrick said, looking down from the wall menu. “It’s still early in the season. He needs to find his groove.”

“Yeah, I suppose.”

“Did you go out to watch it?”

“Out? No son, I was there,” Gary said, taking his eyes off his cup and meeting Derrick’s stare.


“Yeah. Another member of the Lion’s Club had tickets and called me at the last minute. Lower level, center court.”

“Nice,” Derrick said, nodding. “Well, at least they won.”

“Yeah. But OT. If Porter hadn’t missed that shot,” Gary said, his head lowered to his cup, shaking. “Shame. Harden would have made it.”

“Perhaps,” Derrick couldn’t help but smile and laugh to himself.

Derrick’s order was called, and he bid his sulking friend farewell and headed out the door, where he would begin his hopeful traffic-free drive to the college.

Another semi-regular character here. I had originally had written Gary as a bus driver and written a chapter with him driving, but had forgotten that I had given Derrick an automobile. I debated on keeping it that way, but as I thought about it I found it simpler to re write the chapter and character. He will need the car later and I have plans for Gary.

Don’t you just love writing and writing then discovering those ‘oops’ moments and having to go back and fix them? 😐 I’m just glad I caught it early.

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I have a Facebook and Twitter page that have something going on everyday of the week. I have also stared to build up my Instagram page as well. Come on over, follow, and interact with my pages to check it out! Here is what you can expect to find there. I have been quite lazy lately. But with the new year, it is my resolution to get back on track and keeping up with posting on schedule and being more interactive with my audience.

Monday is Memory Monday – I share an important event that occurred on that Monday or sometime that particular week.

Tuesday is Talk About it Tuesday – I post a weekly video where I cover a topic that has meant something to me over the past week. ——I don’t do this much anymore—–

Wednesday is when I post my blog for the week.

Thursday is This or That Thursday – A weekly two option poll that raises the question, do you like this, or do you prefer that?

Friday is Fun Fact Friday – I find and share an interesting or obscure facts.

Saturday is for Weekend Writing Warriors – This is when I post my 8 Sentence Snippet from a current piece or past work.

I really am trying to make it fun and engaging. Something that people look forward to visiting. It has been something that has been on my heart (no pun intended) for a long time and I am now acting on it. I would love your support!! I am also finding ways to link these over to Twitter because I find that I have more interaction on that platform over Facebook.

Little Reminders of Who I Am is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.

–The Five Barred Gate is still available on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback, and Kindle versions.

–You can purchase TFBG direct from me on my Home Page. The benefit of buying direct is you will receive a personalized signed copy!!

–My Children’s books, Elissa the Curious Snail are also on Amazon. There are 4 books about an adorable snail teaching children about prayer and believing in themselves.

–You can see all updates regarding the progress of The Transference, publication dates, and appearances.

Little Reminders of Who I Am

The Five Barred Gate

Elissa the Curious Snail Series

Fellow Warriors, I also have a somewhat weekly blog that is posted in between these snippets. I would love to hear your thoughts.

AND if you have little warriors running around I now have many of my Children’s Short Stories on this website. They were originally on my Elissa the Curious Snail publisher’s website, but I now control that domain and have moved that content here. There are many stories for your little reader. These are great bedtime or anytime short stories.

In His Exciting Service,

Jeff S. Bray

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9 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – 12/19/21 – Little Reminders of Who I Was – Meeting Gary

  1. Love this snippet, Jeff! I can see, hear and feel these characters with their easy conversation. It’s like being there. Breakfast at a taco shop? That’s brave, indeed!


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