Labor Day weekend surely was helpful. Here’s the thing, when I go on “vacation” it’s typically not a vacation. I’m running myself ragged trying to cram in as much as I possibly can from the destination I’m visiting. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it’s not physically restful. (And I’m not complaining, I’d take a vacation tomorrow if I could).
But there’s something wonderful about a long weekend where you’ve planned nothing and you do whatever you want all day long. I’d write, play old Tomb Raider games, watch movies, write again, go for a walk, play the guitar—whatever. Those weekends are almost as good as vacations sometimes.
1. Read at least 10 more Anton Chekhov short stories to add to my progress starting from 50 of 201. No new progress. 60 of 201. Read his stories here free!
2. Finish reading both The Fire in Fiction and On Writing. No new progress.
3. Submit Trick or Tree to another writing contest. Finish Dog Shy and write at least one other short story, all to be submitted to contests. No new progress.
4. Write a flash fiction story. 2 flash fiction stories written so far.
5. Do at least one thing every week that increases my fluency in Spanish and Japanese. I still listen to Spanish music on Pandora and this weekend I watched two movies in Japanese (though with subtitles, you still learn a lot). I’ve been thinking about enrolling in this Spanish-learning academy here locally. I need to call them and find out how much dinero they want. Not that I have time to take Spanish lessons necessarily, but *shrug* this is how I run my life. 😉 So I’m going to call that a check!
6. Finish feedback edits on SHADE and get it queried. Just finished last night! It’s been a lengthy process, but very worthwhile and I think I’ve gotten quite a few more steps to perfection. I intend to do a line edit of it so it’s as clean as possible, but this will be the month of querying. I’m also going to a little conference next week and meeting one on one with an agent. Hopefully September will prove to be a fruitful month. 🙂
Bonus Goals. I’m in the home stretch with what I have outlined with Clemmings although it seems like I’m going to have to brainstorm some ways to make it a little longer. As a novelette I’m not sure what to do with it. But I have some vague ideas, and at the very least plot points. It seems like if I have an idea of where I’m going the details come without too much stress.
Another Wednesday, another excerpt. I have part of Chapter 4 ready, but I think I still want an excerpt from Chapter 3. So what’s today? 9-4-13? Let’s see, 9 pages in, 4 paragraphs and about 13 lines.
“Oh, I think you will. It’s about your dear friend Alice.” She gives me her million dollar smile, probably savoring this moment like I pretended to savor the crème brulee.
I fold my arms and scowl. Here it comes. “What did you do to her?”
“Me?” Mercedes widens her eyes in fake surprise, pointing to herself. “I’ve never touched the poor girl. I just thought since you’re her friend you might be concerned. She digs into her pink bag and pulls out a tablet. “I warn you,” she says, pressing the tablet against her chest. “It’s quite shocking.”
I only roll my eyes in response, but inside my heart is thumping. What did they do with Alice? She bumps her tablet against mine, transferring some photos. I prepare myself to be the appropriate amount of shock. I need Mercedes to be satisfied with my reaction. The first in the series appears on my screen. I stare down at the picture and my eyes widen all on their own. All I can do is stare.
Mercedes Everett is evil. Truly evil!
I’d expected a prank. Perhaps buzzing her hair off, an egging, an embarrassing fall, maybe some early awkward childhood photos—but this….
What are your predictions of what Mercedes did to Alice—I mean, of course what she “didn’t” do to Alice? 😉 Mercedes is a lot of fun to write. I can’t wait to get to know her a little better perhaps in the “after my outline” part of the story. I love a good villainess. 🙂
Who is your favorite villain, whether from books or movies or both? What do you like most about a villain or what makes them a good villain in your mind? Did you ever know someone like Mercedes in your life? And how’s your Row80 coming along?