Playing with words #WIPpetWednesday and #ROW80

Let’s do ROW80 update first today.


1. Fallen from Grace: write 1 chapter a week (moving week excluded)

FINISHED!! Cue the chimes! Ring the bell! Throw the confetti!! I’m FINISHED!

2. Promo: Answer three interview questions a day until done
3. Promo: Write out a guest post a week until done

4. Lovely, Dark, and Deep short story needs to be written/plotted 2k a day due Aug 31st

Time to get cracking on this.

5. Paranormal Romance short story 2k/day due Aug 9th

Since I’ve finished most of my goals for this round, I’m going to make new goals.

1. Lovely, Dark, and Deep short story needs to be written by Aug 31st. 2k words a week.

2. Post-Apocalyptic/Zombie short story needs to be written by Sept 27th. 2k words a week.

3. Editing Fallen from Grace. 3 chapters a week.



Today is cover reveal day for Ashes Fall! I’ve already given a bit of a preview of it, but I’ll post it and two teasers I made up.

Ashes2finalAshesFallTeaser1 AshesFallTeaser3

This book will be released on September 1st!

Okay…now onto WIPpet.

I was told last week, after I had posted last week, by my beta reader that I needed to post this excerpt. If you get the reference, you get bonus points for the day! Today I give you 13 short paragraphs from chapter 12.

She fired up her computer as she sat outside the house with her lights no longer on. Opening a new report, Grace filled in all the appropriate information before clicking “Report Complete” at the bottom of the screen. Her stomach growled as she put her cruiser in drive, and Grace decided to hit the diner for lunch before it closed. Not being one for driving while talking on the phone, Grace put her car back in park and called the top number on her favorites list in her phone.

“This is Ruby’s.”

“Hey, Sueanne. I wanted to place an order for pick up.”

“Go ahead with it.”

“I’d like a healthy dose of hash and scrambled, dry. Also two sides of toast, white with not butter, and four packets of strawberry jelly.”


“Yup, that’s me.”

Sueanne giggled. “I should have known it was you. I’ll have them put in an order for chocolate milk too.”


“Total is seven o’ nine.”

“That’s it?”

“It’s a special.”

Grace smiled, said her thanks and hung up. She would have fifteen minutes before it was ready to be picked up, but that wasn’t a long way. She drove through the neighborhood to give it a quick check before heading over to the diner to pick up her meal. She’d eat in her car, not wanting to talk to more people than necessary.

33 thoughts on “Playing with words #WIPpetWednesday and #ROW80

  1. YAY on finishing! Congratulations! Sounds like you have a good plan for the weeks going forward. :)

    I’m afraid I don’t get the reference in the snippet, so no bonus points for me. :(

  2. This reads like a bit of a lull for Grace at this point, a bit quieter. Because all the other scenes I’ve read with her are full of action and uncertainty. Good for Grace that she gets a bit of downtime too!! :)

    And well done for your book being finished and another one being published too. That’s great. Thanks for supporting me in my path to publishing ROTH.

  3. Great news that you’ve finished so many of your goals and setting new ones!
    I didn’t get the reference, either, and have no clue what a sad panda is, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten it in any case.

  4. Well first, you have a typo. “white, with not butter”. Other than that, I love the scene with Grace. And, (drum roll please) I believe I got the reference. *happy dance* Seven o nine. Seven of nine. Borg. Voyager. MY FAVORITE CHARACTER EVER. Am I right? Am I? Am I?

  5. Awww, white toast with no butter??? Although I understand that’s a reference to (thanks Sirena! Now I know!) Voyager, I looooooove me some butter on my toast! And strawberry jam. And… damn, now I’m craving toast with butter and strawberry jam. I get that when I go to hotels with their free breakfast they serve. Mmm…!

  6. I was *so close* to the reference. Only missed because I didn’t really get into Voyager. But you’ve got another you maybe didn’t intend…Ruby was the waittress at the 602 Club in Enterprise- the one that Trip thought was “the one”, only to find out that he and Malcolm had both, well, gotten to know her pretty well more than once or twice. One of many great moments in “Shuttlepod One”.

    I like watching Grace as she works and orders food from her car. I’ve been there. Cars can be convenient safe shelter..

  7. Love the cover. And congrats on hitting your goals. :) *cues flying monkeys to wing over tossing confetti* Confetti, I said! Darn monkeys.

    I often escaped to my car for lunch. It’s a great place to just veg. Sorry, I didn’t get the reference and I prefer something besides white bread for my toast. Pumpernickel is great. Or sourdough. :) With jam, please. And butter. And now I’m hungry.

  8. Yeeeaaah… I didn’t get the reference but I read the comments to see what I missed. I only watched The Next Generation. Anyway, I like the everyday feel of this scene. It’s always nice for characters to be able to have a relaxing moment once in a while. :D

  9. Hmmm, didn’t like the “explanation” of why Grace wants to eat in her car… Granted, it’s hard to show the depth of her need for solitude in a snippet this size. Love the detail of the food order; it says a lot about Grace.

    Congrats on finishing and the covers. :-)

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