I am excited to announce that Little Reminders of Who I’m Going to Be is completed. It is crazy not to know what to do with myself not having anything to write. And for those who know me, know that I do not touch my first drafts for a month after completion. So this one will cool of until the new year. I was a bit nervous toward the end because it was nearly becoming a novelette. Yeah, I barely cracked 50K this go around. There were some issues at the beginning, like I think I introduced my LI too late. There could be a couple of scenes on his part a bit earlier, and there are other things that I think I can do with it that could approach the 60K benchmark that I set to hit. The first two were north of 65K. We shall see how it goes.
So, how was y’all Thanksgiving? I know some of you live abroad and my have celebrated it a few weeks ago, or on another date, but here in the states we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In either case, did you go traditional and eat turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie? Or were you creative? What was on your menu?
As you may know, the Little Reminders series is centered around Thanksgiving. The holiday is my favorite and one of the reasons I centered the book around the holiday. This book is a bit different than the previous two and it is what excites me about it. As we have talked about, it has a very Christmas Carol theme to it. Past, Present, and Future all play into the storyline. But if you know about the book, Carter our secondary character, plays the role of ‘ghost’, if you will, to our MC. It is an exciting story and I really enjoyed writing it as I hope readers will.
Now, let’s get on to this week’s snippet!!
Not really much of one but its what I wrote last week. I am still developing one.
Stephanie Marshall is the owner of a successful writing firm. She has an office and a staff who write prose for big clients across the Charlotte, NC area. Her company is in demand, but she is struggling with the monotony of home life. She is on the verge of an affair and on her way to a rendezvous when our angelic friend, Carter Jennings, steps in to teach her three lessons about life. One from her past, one from her present life, and one about her future self that will leave her in a state of shock, placing two paths before her.
Enough toying around, you can pick up that she has interest in the guy at work, but she’s married. Let’s jump ahead a bit:
We last left Stephanie in her office. She expressed interest in a coworker, even admitted to a late night ‘business meeting’ with him. Drinks were not crossing the line, she felt.
First a bit from last week:
Stephanie felt it was innocent enough. All they did was talk about work at their dinners. They never discussed taking the next step or their relationship, if that’s what it was. All business. For that, she was grateful. She knew it had to end, or it would proceed to the next step. And as a Christian, adultery was the big no-no. Right now, she was still in the “safe zone.” She had not crossed that fine line.
Now here we go with our new snippet:
“Guess it didn’t go well,” Jason said while washing his hands.
Stephanie had head straight to the closet to change into pajamas. She needed to get out of her work clothes. She didn’t want to take the chance for Jason to get close and smell Kenneth’s cologne on her. She could smell it in the car on the way home. It held her in her daze in between ecstasy and shame. She knew she wasn’t in a good place, but she couldn’t help herself. She wanted to quit, but when she looked into Kenneth’s eyes, she couldn’t help but see herself as twenty years younger and ready to run away from the bonds of monotony.
“No, it didn’t even get started. They called and said they chose to go with another company and didn’t want to waste our time,” Stephanie said, biting her lip. She hated to lie, but what could she do?
“Sorry to hear, babe,” Jason met her at the closet door. “You’ll get ‘em next time.” He hugged her, kissing her on the cheek.
She could’ve sworn she heard a sniff.
Jason left her to finish dressing. “Dinner’s in the microwave. I made you a plate before I put everything away. Chicken parmesan”
“Thank you,” she said, putting her pants and top at the bottom of the hamper. She shook her head. At least if she had been with a client, she could explain the smell from the valet at the restaurant.
The nerve wracking experience of almost getting caught. But at this point it was a simple embrace. It is my hope that I can capture the experience on both ends here. It was hard to write some of these scenes having lived on both ends of the spectrum. But it also lent to making them so believable. I hope I was successful.
Thank you for joining me this week. I pray you will have a blessed week as we enter the Christmas season. Now most of my writing will be to a Holiday Playlist. I’ve been waiting to hit play for a week now. See you next week.
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In His Exciting Service,
Jeff S. Bray
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