With the end of March comes the end of collecting themes — just for the month. Instead, I’ll be working on turning those themes into complete pieces. I’ll also continue working on my clarinet quartet.

In my fiction writing, I will be spending the month participating in Camp NaNoWriMo with a modest goal of 6,200 words. I’ll also be writing short fiction all month — very short fiction.

Of course, I will be continuing to work on Relevé. It’s at a difficult part of the story, and while I’ve got the entire novel planned out I still have to figure out how to get the words on the page. Wish me luck!

Revising The Wolf & the Bear continues. I was unable to complete this pass by the end of the week, but I’m hopeful that next week’s update will see me rejoicing in that milestone!

Here’s an excerpt from Relevé:

My phone buzzes, and I glance down.

— Ask Pretty Boy to get me an apple fritter.

“Um…” I look back up at Derek. I can feel my cheeks getting warm. “Talia wants me to bring her an apple fritter.”

“Sure. Let’s get something to drink on the way home, too.”

I nod in relief and tap a quick reply.

— Your mom wants you to get a 40 pack of Timbits.

I sigh and add it to the order. Derek just laughs. “My family’s like that too; if they know I’m at Tim’s they usually text… wait.” Frowning, he pulls out his phone and shows me the splash screen, grinning sheepishly. “I guess I missed their texts.”

“Tim’s” is Tim Hortons, the ubiquitous Canadian donut shop. Rosemarie (the narrator) and her boyfriend were there with friends, and now it’s time to go home. Talia is Rosemarie’s best friend, and she is an occasional resident of Rosemarie’s family home. Talia and Rosemarie are 16 years old; Derek is the pastor’s 17yo son.

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