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My Two Introductions

Here are two of my new introductions. Please let me know what you like or don’t like. I’m thinking about combining elements of both.

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I’m bored. Why couldn’t that witch get me out of here like she promised? At least she was able to help me talk again. That took way to long thinking back on it. At least she gave me this gorgeous ring before I killed her. Leila looked down at her right hand and gazed at the ring. It was gold with a pale blue stone in the center. This will come in handy I think. She smiled wickedly. Yes, I can think of many uses for this.

If only that finicky little man hadn’t put this stupid curtain in front of me. How am I supposed to remain entertained if I can’t see anything? Just because that man died…Leila heard voices.

“Just do it, Jimmy,” a man’s voice said.

“But, what about the rumors, Ken?”

What rumors? Leila wondered.

“They’re just rumors.”

“I don’t know. Don’t you remember that security guard?”

“He probably just had a heart attack. Now are you going to do it or not?”

Come on, Jimmy. You know you want to open the curtain.

“You’ll be a legend in the school.”

“If I survive.”

“What could go wrong?”

Absolutely nothing. I won’t hurt you.

“I just told you.”

“But think about what could go right,” Ken said. “You would be the talk of the school. All the girls will want to date you.”

“I don’t want all the girls,” Jimmy began.

“Ok, fine. But Samantha is sure to notice you too.”

Yes, think about the glory and all the women.

“I don’t know,” Jimmy hesitated.

“If you don’t, the whole school will think you’re a chicken. We can’t have the school thinking that about the starting quarter back.”

“The whole school won’t know anything if you don’t tell them,” Jimmy replied.

He won’t be able to help it.

“Just, do it and get it over with. Pretend it’s a band-aid.”

“Fine.”

Goody. This will be fun. Leila smoothed her gown out, and sat in her chair. She smiled sweetly and waited.

Leila saw the two boys for the first time.  They were muscular, but looked to be about seventeen or eighteen. This will be easier than I thought.

“See, Jimmy. You had nothing to worry about. It’s just a girl.”

“She’s awful pretty,” Jimmy said, more to himself.

I like you. Leila thought.

“Can we go now?” Jimmy asked.

What? No.

“Yeah, just close the curtain up again,” Ken said.

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I can’t believe that witch messed up a simple release spell. How hard would it have been to let me go? And if that disappointment hadn’t been bad enough, she had to go and make matters worse. I knew I should have used an older witch. What was I thinking using a little girl? I won’t make that mistake twice. At least she was of some help before I killed her. Next time I’ll find someone older. She’ll have to be easily manipulated though.

At least the girl was able to help me find my voice again. That took longer than it should have. Now if I only had someone to talk to. That finicky little man is going to regret putting this curtain in front of me. Just because that man died. How was I supposed to know that he would put up a fight? I just wanted some company. And now I’m not going to get any. Once I get out of this painting.

Leila froze. She thought she heard voices. This could be my chance. She waited and listened.

“Come on, Jimmy, It’s can’t be that hard.”

“You’ve heard the rumors, Ken,” Jimmy said reluctantly.

What rumors?

“That’s all the more reason to do it,” Ken replied.

“I don’t know,” Jimmy said.

“The whole school is depending on you,” a girl spoke up.

What is she doing here?

“Why does it have to be me?”

“Because you’re the varsity quarter back and your masculinity has been challenged.”

“Don’t you want to be remembered as the kid who took on the rumored phantom painting?”

“No, not really.”

“So you want your reputation to be destroyed, Jimmy?”

Listen to your friends, Jimmy.

“If you won’t do it for yourself, then do it to impress Samantha,” the girl said.

“Assuming I live, she still wouldn’t know I exist, Becky,” Jimmy said.

“You’ll be the quarter back that conquered the phantom,” Becky replied. “The whole school will notice you.”

“I still don’t know.”

“If you don’t do this, then I’ll tell the whole school that you were afraid of a painting,” Ken said. “You’ll be the laughing stock and your senior year will be ruined.”

Yes, Jimmy. I won’t hurt you. Much.

“Just pretend the curtain is like a band-aid, and rip it off quickly.”

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Dreaming

I was dreaming today. Whatever helps me get through the day right. Anyway. I fast forwarded to a day when I can be a stay at home writer without having to worry about those pesky things called bills. It was a really nice dream. Hopefully with enough luck, skill, and hard work, I can make this a reality before I turn 30. That gives me about a year and a half to get my life together.(I just struggled to figure out how old I was. I tried making myself a year younger, which would be nice a several levels. Oops).

Anyway, I took my thoughts so far as to planning out my daily routines. My schedule is going to be epic and I can’t wait until I can put it into practice every day!

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Reading Update

My Mom and I, on Christmas Eve, decided to read the same book at the same time. We’ve done this once before, and we read two books, but then we stopped. (I’m not really sure why, maybe she knows). So we read Dead Girls Don’t Blog by Pamela Frost Dennis (which was my choice) and now we’re reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (her choice).

Dead Girls Don’t Blog was pretty good. I’m not really a mystery type person, but the title sounded intriguing so I got it on my Kindle. (I did a “free” search about blogging, hoping to get a few books on increasing readers, monetizing, and other helpful information. I’m a nerd, I know, and this was what came up.) I guess there’s a whole series by this author, but I’m too cheap/not sure if I liked them enough to buy them, even though my mom said she would get them for me.

Jane Eyre is ok. I stayed up late reading it last night and at first I wasn’t too sure about it, but it has gotten better. I don’t want to say too much because I’m further than my mom is and she reads this blog. I’m making the rounds of the Brontë sisters, so now I need to find something by Anne. Any recommendations?

Separate and apart from reading a book with my mom, I’m also reading Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice. So far I’m liking it, but I’m only 20 pages in. (I like to read a “real” book at work and a Kindle book at night, thus the two books going at the same time).  This wasn’t really my first choice, in fact I’m not even sure if it’s on my reading list, but I’m waiting for the library to e-mail me to tell me that the book I ordered is in.

What are you reading? I’m always open for interesting books!

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Hello 2017

Pretty much since December 1st, I haven’t really been acting like the writer that I tell people I am. I’ve barely written a few words, and those were basically me typing up all those short stories that I wrote in September and October. I’ve taken a break from reading, even though I have a library book due soonish? (I should probably figure out when). And I haven’t edited anything lately either.

I did have my amazing husband read my latest novel. I probably should have edited some of the plot holes out of it first, but he did give me a lot of good feedback, and I’ll probably get back to it either in January or February. (That will depend on if my beta readers get their comments back to me on the assigned date that I gave them.)

So, the other day, I decided that I need to get back to my bullet journal (which I’ve also neglected). It was a good way of keeping myself on track, and I just gave it up. Well, I’ve got my entire 2017 written up and ready to go. Now I just have to fill in the spaces as I accomplish things.

The main goal of 2017 is to get published. Either a short story or ideally my novel. But at this point I’m not going to be too particular. I’m also supposed to be blogging four times a week, twice here and twice on my other blog. Feel free and check that one out too. I’d also like to get a few paid writing gigs, but I forgot to add that to the list, and it’s already printed off. I’ll keep you posted on that one too though.

What are you planning on doing next year? I hope you get everything done that you want to accomplish.

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NaNoWriMo Week 1 Update

​I’m glad that week is over. Not that it was hard or anything, it’s just a good feeling to have a week of writing done. 

So far I’ve written the minimum 1667 everyday and I even wrote beyond that so I’m almost a day ahead. My official word count is 9389!

I’m hoping that this upcoming week will be just as productive, but I’ve got some last minute vacation plans to make and get ready for. I’m more concerned about the week following though. True, we’ll be on vacation so I won’t have a job to work around, but we’re going away for the week, so we’ll be pretty busy with fun stuff. I’ll either be up late or early every day that week I think, but we’ll see how it goes. Maybe I can get far enough ahead to not need to worry about it. 

How’s your novel coming?