Tagged – A Glimpse into “A New House”

My friend, Diana Beebe tagged me (and a few others) in a blog post about what other writer friends are currently working on. For myself, I have a couple of mansucripts going at any given time, which allows me the chance to work on a little bit here and there – where ever the inspriation flows.

Reminder

So in consideration for this “tag”, you are supposed to go to page 7 or 77 of your current manuscript. Scroll down to line seven and post seven lines from there…exactly as they are. Okay, my first instict is to put something more “polished” on here, but I think the intent of this exercise is to provide the fun and new, so here is an excerpt from a work that I had actually placed aside until recently, called, A New House. (The name is subject to change.)

Turning her head to see where the noise had come from, she locked eyes with a man, a very handsome man she admitted to herself, who was standing at the end of her driveway with an amused expression on his face as he watched her struggle to lift one of the boxes filled with books. He was tall, though she couldn’t be sure how tall, given the way that she was bent over the trunk, but she would guess a little over six four, and he appeared to be really fit with his black collared shirt and tan slacks.

He had eyes the color of a sweet looking caramel macchiato, which had her considering her still brewing coffee, and a smile that was confident in it’s ability to set you at ease. Thinking back, she was sure that she probably could have lightened this load of books if she had just listened to her mother when she recommended that she go through her collection and get rid of the ones that she was never going to read again and maybe that would have saved her from this moment of embarrassment.

She was ridiculously stuck over a bunch of books in her trunk, her ever expanding ass hanging in the air, and her hair constantly falling over her face since she forgot to pull it back into a ponytail this morning. Lessons learned. Instead of letting the moment get to her though, she attempted an air of authority and perhaps a degree of mirth when she replied, “Can I help you?”

The man took a moment with this, it appeared that he was weighing his next words carefully given the frown lines that began to show on his forehead, which was wonderfully tan like the rest of his face giving the impression that he spent a great deal of time outdoors. “Actually I was going to offer to help you.” His voice was rough like he was holding back a chuckle at her expense. She narrowed her eyes at him showing that she was on to him. He just smiled and waited for her to make the next move.

And the last part of the tag says that I have tell you five things about my protagonist, Rachel:

1.  Rachel prefers to handle things her way.

2.  She is embracing a new change in her life to try to gain some control.

3.  She doesn’t believe in ghosts.

4.  She has some drama in her family.

5.  She doesn’t trust strange men.

 

So, that is the glimpse into my old but new manuscript, A New House.  I really hoped you enjoyed it and learning a little bit about Rachel.  For all my friends out there, consider yourself “TAGGED” for this! *evil laughs*

What about you?  What kind of projects have you got going on right now?  I have a friend who is currently redoing the floors in her house and is thinking about redoing the bathrooms as well.  This seems to be the season for repairs.

Writing Success

For the last couple weeks I have been putting out about 2,000 to 3,000 words a day (excluding the weekends) and am now about a fourth of the way done with my current work in progress!  Yes!  Yay!  And the crowd goes wild! *wink*

I know that this may seem a little lame, but for me it’s huge because excluding the book that I wrote when I was sixteen (which I can’t seem to find whole anywhere – just bits and pieces) this will be the first manuscript that I’ve written, fully, in a very long time.  I’ve had a ton of false starts, although I truly believe that each and every one of them was an important lesson to learn along the way, but this will be the first to reach the finished first draft stage.

I’m not kidding myself into believing that my work will be done at this point, but to be able to get to the revision hell stage would be amazing!  Haha, yes, I’m sure it’s going to be hell.

A great lady that I know named Kristen Lamb, (http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com), just posted a blog about writing like Captain Kirk and I’ve been putting that theory to the absolute test these last couple of weeks.  I figure that if I can keep Spock at bay, and maintain my current momentum, then I should be finished with my first draft sometime around the middle of July.  *screaming*  And the crowd goes wild again!

I know that this is just the beginning, but it has been the most positive that I’ve felt about a manuscript than I have felt in a long time.  (Now if I can just keep up with my blog posts.) 

How has your week been going so far?