Progress August 18, 2017

This week has been really busy! I’ve been working on a fun short story that I started a while ago and dusted off last Saturday. It’s about a 10-year-old boy who has to stay with his aunt while his parents are overseas working, and then his aunt gets called to Brazil on an archaeological mission.

I’ve also begun working on another “big piece”: a clarinet-viola duet that explores movement and hesitation, sound and silence. I’m attempting a different approach this time. See below: your excerpt this week is a page of my sketch for this piece!

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Progress August 11, 2017

I haven’t had a lot of time to write this week; there’s been a lot going on and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, to be honest. But I am hoping to make some headway on my next YA novel soon, so you can expect some news and excerpts from that over the next little while!

This week’s excerpt is from a flash fiction I wrote last week called “Ellie’s Date.” I hope you are intrigued!

Ellie was running late. She didn’t have time to get her bike tire filled at the shop. She sighed, scribbled a note for her brother on a bright blue Post-It, and left it on the fridge. She grabbed her purse, made sure she had her phone, and began the five-block walk to work.

She arrived at the Francis Xavier Teahouse and Dinner Theatre and unlocked the door, working through her usual opening routine for the teahouse. The first pot of water had just begun to boil when Paul, her early morning regular, arrived.

“Just in time,” she said with a smile. “I’ll have your Earl Grey ready for you in a few minutes.” Paul accepted one of the free ginger snaps Jake, the chef, had left the night before for the morning crowd, and took a seat nearby.

Ellie continued through her morning on auto-pilot and only realized that Jennifer hadn’t shown up for her shift when the lunch crowd began to trickle in and Jake arrived to handle the cooking end of things. Her boss, Lu Yu, came up to the kitchen and watched her handling the crowd. During a lull, he spoke.

“Jennifer is ill,” he said softly. His calming voice held very little trace of his Chinese heritage.

Ellie turned and nearly spilled the hot water she was holding. “Sick? Today?”

“Yes, will you be okay?” he asked.

“I can handle the rush and all no problem. But I have a date tonight.”

Will Ellie make her date? Hm. I guess you’ll have to wait and see what else happens in this story.

By the way, I’m hoping to get my next flash fiction collection out very soon, so keep an eye out for that announcement.

Progress June 23, 2017

I know, I know, I’ve been a bad girl and didn’t post last week. In my defense, it’s been a pretty busy month. My paid work has been trying to take over my life, and until this week I wasn’t able to do much writing!

Happily that has changed, however, and I did manage to write a flash fiction story this week, work on the revision to The Wolf & the Bear, and get a bit of music written. Pretty productive! I was also able to get some writing-related things finished last week, so now I just have one more tiny thing to get sorted out before I unveil my surprise! If all goes well, you’ll have my announcement next Friday.

So, let’s see about an excerpt, shall we?

Hm… it’s been a while since we had anything from The Wolf & the Bear, and I did just finish some work on the first two chapters. Have a bit of a scene from that:

The round, full moon stood sentry over the small long house. Wudurose, sitting in the branches of a nearby tree, watched the smoke rising through the vent in the roof. The Snow Moon was appropriately white this year. Soon the ice on the riveer would begin to crack, and she would again be fishing for meat rather than trying to hunt small game.

She sighed and wished that Fæder would return. It was long since the day he had promised to be back. She wondered what was keeping him.

Footsteps crunched loudly in the snow, and Rose turned her head swiftly to mark the passage of a male figure through the trees.

It had been a full month since Wulf had brought them Bera to tend, and he visited them twice weekly, bringing larger game to supplement the small animals Wudurose was able to provide her family. She was torn between gratefulness for his generosity and resentment that he could do something for her mother and sister that she couldn’t.

She sighed and turned to climb silently down from her perch in the tree.

Progress May 19, 2017

This week I got some more themes written, and I started the next step in revising The Wolf & the Bear. I’m hoping to have that finished by the end of the month. I’m also making progress on a special project I hope to unveil next Friday, so stay tuned!

Your excerpt this week is a computer-generated recording of a bit of a short piece I wrote for beginner clarinet, with piano accompaniment. It’s not very long, but I hope you like it!

Progress May 12, 2017

This week has been pretty good. I am nearly finished collecting themes for my music project (just 18 to go). I’ve also made good progress on my clarinet quartet piece.

I was not able to start working on that new revision stage for The Wolf & the Bear, but I did acquire the items needed to do it. I also was able to finish another flash fiction.

This week’s excerpt is from that flash fiction. I’m just giving you the opening, and I hope you enjoy it!

Daniel hoisted himself up over the windowsill of the kitchen window and crawled through. It had taken about 15 minutes to get the screen off, but the effort was worth it.

He crawled over the counter and dropped lightly to the floor, then padded softly to the door.

Sam and Jake were still standing under the window when he opened the door. “You guys!” he hissed. “Get over here!”

The trio made their way through the kitchen into the living room. It was well-appointed and looked lived-in. There were framed photographs on the mantel and the walls, of a pretty woman with long brown hair and a little boy with bright blue eyes.

“This is just a normal living room,” Daniel said. “We should just go. Peter saw us go in, we won the bet.”

Sam shook his head. “No way!” he replied. “He said to get a head, so we’re getting a head!”

head?!? What are these boys doing? Where are they?

You’ll have to wait and read the finished story to find out.