Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WIPpet Wednesday: From the Birthday Girl

     Well, first for the really important news: It's my birthday! And do you know what would make me really, really happy today as I turn 30? TONS of book sales!! (wink, wink...)

     As far as my 80-day writing goals are concerned, I've met all but two of them. The Beloved Daughter is now a Kindle ebook as well as a paperback. My second round of edits for book 2 in my time-travel/historical fiction series for kids are with my publisher right now. And my virtual book tour is coming along swimmingly! All I need to do now is find a few more homeschool blogs to review my newly-released What, No Sushi? (which arrived just yesterday) and keep up with Saving Natalie, which I'm doing right here for WIPpet Wednesday. Then it's on to my 80-day get-a-life goals. (Yeah, I'll let you know how that goes...)

     You might remember that last week Jake was waiting to meet his newborn daughter for the first time. Here are the next 17 sentences in the opening pages of Saving Natalie.

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It was Jessica’s mom. Rhonda fidgeted with her smartphone and walked straight past Jake. Jessica’s father paused long enough to extend his hand. “Congratulations.” Rhonda stopped several feet in front of her husband, tapping her screen with flamingo-pink fingernails.

Jake wondered what to say. “How is she?”

“She’s doing fine.” Jessica’s father only came up to Jake’s shoulder. Both men shuffled their weight from one foot to the other. “Tired, of course, but the doctor said she should have a pretty easy recovery.”

Jake had actually been asking about the baby.

Rhonda cleared her throat and swept her brown hair over her shoulder like some middle-aged runway model. “Mark, we’d better get on the road. It’s pretty ugly out there. If we leave now you still might make the meeting tonight.”

“I better go,” Mark mumbled and scurried to keep up with his wife.

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Click to Tweet: Congrats @aboynamedsilas, Women of Faith writing contest winner.

Random Fact #7: I assisted with my first autopsy when I was only 16 years old.

Go WIPpets! If you want to join the WIPpet fun, just give us an excerpt from your current Work In Progress that has something to do with today's date (like 17 sentences on April 17). Then link up below or at myrandommuse.wordpress.com.

12 comments:

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    1. Thanks Kerri! A Happy day from Boo truly would make my day complete. She's adorable!

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  2. Happy happy birthday!

    This WIPpet just gets more intriguing, how come they know and he doesn't? Just what's going on with this family? Hmm?

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    1. Thanks for the bday wishes and twitter love Raewyn!

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  3. Happy Birthday! And can I just say, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I want to slap those parents. Particularly the mother. :(

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    1. yeah, she's definitely not a woman I'd enjoy spending time with, but she was kind of fun to write.

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  4. Happy 30th Birthday Alana! :-)

    I agree with Raewyn this set up is intriguing and I feel so sorry for Jake being an outsider to his own daughter's birth. Rhonda doesn't seem to be the most pleasant of people from just this small snippet...

    As for your random fact #7 - huh?!

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    1. Yeah, I figured my random fact was kind of huh-worthy. I worked at a hospital lab while I was in high school and part of our job description was assisting with autopsies. No joke. and not something I'd ever want to do again.

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  5. Happy Birthday!!!

    As for the WIPpet, this may be the point when I shut my eyes, stick my fingers in my ears, and start la-la-la-ing. *quiver lip* I don't want to know what happens next. :-( Poor, poor Natalie!

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    1. haha, I already posted that snippet so you don't need to worry!

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  6. Oh, she's CHARMING. Sounds like Mark is in an awkward spot, there.

    And happy belated birthday!

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    1. Thanks Kate! Yeah, isn't she sweet? ;)

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