Sunday, July 29, 2012

#Six Sunday - Fall From Grace - Episode 11: About Charlize

Hello Sunday!

I hope you're all having a great weekend.

Camp NaNo starts in two days and I'm nowhere near finished re-writing the parts of this manuscript. My beta reader has been waiting patiently all week, and now it appears as though she needs to wait until September. o.O

Last week I mentioned that I might introduce Charlize today (you can see last week's six here). Before introductions, let me give you the very basic background: Reed has been in the hospital for quite some time and Ranger - who is about to be deployed - visits.


"Hey did you meet my new girlfriend?" Reed turned back to look at Ranger.

"You mean Steph?"

"Hell no, I mean Charlize."

"Who in the hell is Charlize, one of the nurses?"

Reed grinned and pointed to the I.V pole that was beside his bed. "Negative, maggot, Charlize is my pole."


Ranger and I are both wondering if Reed has lost his mind. Maybe he got hit in the head a little too hard. What do you think?

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P.S: Did anyone have dessert for breakfast this morning?  ;)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

#SixSunday - Fall From Grace - Episode 10: Everyone Loves Cake

I've gone through Fall From Grace with my beta reader and have my work cut out for me over the next week (before August 1st and Camp NaNo begins). My beta got a good laugh out of the following exchange, and I hope you enjoy it as well. Please let me know what you think - your comments are always appreciated!

Background: The infamous Steph has used her mama's cake (which happens to be Ranger's favorite food group) as a bribery technique. When she tells her mom that Ranger is expecting cake - before oh-seven hundred hours, she is met with some opposition:


"You cannot go around bribing people with cake for breakfast," Suzanne eyed Ranger for a minute, then shook her head. "I can't, in good conscience, feed you cake for breakfast."

"That's okay, Ma'am, I knew that it was too good to be true."

"You can have cake for dessert, if you'd like."

"Dessert after breakfast?"

"I have never seen a rule book stating that you can't have dessert after breakfast," she told him.


I may have missed the memo, but I've never seen a rule about this either. Anyone else?

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P.S: Next week, I'm hoping to introduce you to Charlize. See you then ;)

Monday, July 16, 2012

My Son Needs MA - Minecrafters Anonymous

My fabulous son and I were having a discussion over breakfast. It went something like this:

Him: 'I can play Minecraft for the rest of the day.'

Me: 'No, I said you can't play all day.'

Him: 'I didn't play at 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8. So I won't be playing ALL day.'

Me: 'Okay, you can't play for the rest of the day.'

Him: 'What? I can't play at all?'


He then walked away looking so dejected I said he looked like Quasimodo. He told me he was being Steve. (That's the main character in Minecraft, apparently. I didn't realize he even had a name...)

Lesson learned: your attempts to be reasonable and sane around a nine year old addicted to a video game are futile.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Heat Wave - Update

The last few weeks I have mentioned that we're in the middle of a heat wave here in Toronto. Last night, while I was posting my weekly six sentences (you can see them here) I discussed the possibility of finding a puddle in which to swim.

This afternoon the puddle came to me:

I managed to take a short video clip of it as well, so you can hear how angry the skies sound. Just a short one, though, thunder and lightning above make me want to go hide under the bed. I won't - but that's only because the dogs are already there.


#SixSunday - Fall From Grace - Episode 9

Have you ever felt that the very act of breathing is making you sweaty and uncomfortable? We are in another heat wave here in Toronto (yay us!) and this is seriously how I'm feeling. I want to flood my apartment so I can swim without having to go outside.

That's not going to happen for so many reasons so I have distracted myself by working on Fall From Grace. While doing that, I found this beautiful little snippet that I had actually forgotten about. Background: Steph has kept Ranger out until the wee hours drinking. A few hours later she is at his door, ready to go, and he is still, well, he's still Ranger, and he's drunk to boot.


"There is a god," Ranger crossed himself as he had seen many Catholics doing on the T.V. He pulled socks and a t-shirt out of his drawer and flung the door open, almost crashing into Steph.

"There is a god," she muttered, barely loud enough for him to hear. "She's standing in front of your damn door waiting for you to move your sorry ass."

"Good morning, Captain," he chirped.

She grunted.


I'm going to find a puddle to swim in, if they haven't all evaporated.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

#SixSunday - Episode 8 - Fall From Grace

We've been in and out of heat waves the last few weeks here in Toronto and it's killer. I think my air conditioner is a prototype of a 1970's design and even when it blasts full force, I still sweat even when I think. Needless to say, I'm not getting too much thinking done.

Thankfully, I didn't need to put too much thought into this week's selection. Ranger and the girl he has been chasing after are right on the outskirts of a national park, and one of them has just discovered something...


For real, deep down inside her, she knew she couldn't live her life without this idiot man named Ranger. No matter how infuriating he could be at times, he was the person who possessed the rest of her.

"Fuck," she said to the flowers.

Ranger whipped around, slipping the phone into his pocket.

"What's wrong?" He started towards her until something in her eyes stopped him in his tracks.

"I'm in love with you."


Hoping to go to the beach, the pool or the arctic circle for the rest of the heat wave. While I'm off doing that, you can check out the wonderful offerings by other authors here.

Have a great one!


Sunday, July 1, 2012

#SixSunday - Unclean

It's Canada Day! Happy Birthday to the wonderful country I call home!

Today I have picked six from the thriller, Unclean, published in 2010. Background: James and Lacey (the detectives) are looking for leads to help solve a murder. James is attempting to force Lacey outside of her comfort zone - so that she will do the work he doesn't want to do. The conversation starts with him asking about slasher flicks from the eighties, most specifically, Friday the 13th.:


“Does it look like I care, because I don't. Now can we please get back to work?”

“Sometimes you need to look outside of your anal retentive box, Lacey, so you can put yourself into the head of the killer.”

“How is watching a cheap slasher flick going to help me get into the head of a killer, James? The killer is a zombie. You want me to pick his non brain while letting him nibble on mine?”


Needless to say, James doesn't have any luck, but we can give him points for his attempt.

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