Poll: Which story to focus on???

I have found myself in a quandary where three stories are bouncing around my head and my WIP writing time. So I thought I’d share the first four sentences of two of them and see which one you all feel more drawn to. Thank you in advance for any comments you would like to leave to help me focus!

#1:

Monica let her forehead hit her desk with a sigh. Then she banged her head a few times on the pressed wooden surface for good measure—just in case she hadn’t gotten it through her thick skull that starting her own matchmaking company six months ago had been a catastrophically bad idea.

Well, OK, maybe not catastrophic, but it sure wasn’t going well. And for a person who could see a guy’s aura light up like a Christmas tree when he met a potential mate, she sure would have thought things would have gone better.

#2

“At least I had the decency to wait until after exams to die.”

It had been four weeks since Fiona Freer’s mother had said that to her in her trademark sardonic approach to everything difficult in life. Given that at the time she was wasting in a hospital bed, was on a respirator, and had a good amount of opiates on board, that she could pull off that tone was quite impressive. She’d made Fiona smile while on her deathbed.

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Wednesday Words: Nitpick (and two confessions)

Nitpick is one of those words that sound just right to my ear for its meaning. It has a satisfying mouth feel and a nice look on the page. But I didn’t start this particular blog with the intention of just discussing the onomatopoeial qualities of the word nitpick. I really had a couple of confessions on my mind.

Confession #1: By nature I am a nitpicky critic and a perfectionist—mostly of myself but also of others and the world at large. I spend a great deal of my spiritual development working to accept and diffuse this tendency in myself. Sometimes I still rub people the wrong way because I tend to be rather blunt and don’t have much interest in small talk, but I think my friends and family would say I no longer devolve into a judgmental asshole on occasion and can keep an open mind while sharing my opinions candidly. These days I’m much more about open and frank communication and compromise.

Confession #2: I have long had a distaste for writing reviews, and I am sure this stems from my own past negative experiences with offending people and the work I feel it requires to communicate in an authentic yet compassionate way. However, as a writer I also know how beneficial reviews can be. Hence I face a dilemma. To write a review or not to write a review.

In the end, I decided that I need to pull on my big girl panties and pay it forward. So in the future I’m going to be posting occasional reviews on my blog. I’ve committed to several over the coming months as my trial run.

What you, as a reader of my blog, can expect is that I will not pull punches in my reviews but will keep an open mind and endeavor to maintain some level of objectivity. It is what I value in reviews I read when considering a book. Let this experiment in vulnerability begin.

Writing about pets and real life inspiration

I’m visiting The Snarkology as part of The Write Pet series. Here’s the beginning of the story…

In my first novel, To Hiss or to Kiss, the heroine communicates with animals telepathically. She has two cats, and one is based on my cat, Sundance. Unfortunately, we lost Sundance a year ago—and just a few weeks before the book released. My husband and I miss him terribly, but he will live on in my book in some of the mannerisms of Chloe’s cat Enoki. The book is dedicated to him. Enoki is a mainstay character in the next two books in my Hidden Lines series. <a href="In my first novel, To Hiss or to Kiss, the heroine communicates with animals telepathically. She has two cats, and one is based on my cat, Sundance. Unfortunately, we lost Sundance a year ago—and just a few weeks before the book released. My husband and I miss him terribly, but he will live on in my book in some of the mannerisms of Chloe’s cat Enoki. The book is dedicated to him. Enoki is a mainstay character in the next two books in my Hidden Lines series."

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Comic Relief #sneakpeeksunday #8sunday

So my release date got pushed back to March 1. More time to promo, I guess. 🙂 I’ll be unveiling my cover on Feb. 18 on my Facebook page.

As for my snippet, this week I’m offering up a little doggy comic relief. Chloe, my heroine, communicates with animals. If you own a pet, you know they have their ways of waking you up, but it’s a little easier for them when they can talk to you!

 

“Chloe, wake up. I really, really, really need to pee.”

I moan and sink deeper into Jorge’s arms, pulling my hand back.

“Chloe, wake up. I’m dying here. I have to pee.”

Ugh, why won’t that voice go away? I crack my eyes open and see Ringo by the bed prancing around doing the doggy version of a potty dance.

Ringo starts prancing toward the bedroom door. “Thank goodness. I’ve got to go.”

 

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