Good morning! It’s Leap Day!
Welcome to this writer’s workspace. Here’s what’s happening liiiiiiiiiiiiiive at Miranda’s desk:
What I’m working on: Today I’m putting the finishing touches on the first three chapters of my newest novel, a secret project involving viruses, magic, and murder. This 8k sample will be my submission for a writing workshop I’m attending in Dallas in March. Here’s a sneak peak from Chapter One:
Snippet from the screen: Aaron Rooney’s eyes bulged with dislike. “You keep your mouth shut, you little freak, or I’ll have you up on charges.”
I was getting all ready to snarl back when Daniel settled his hand on my leg. Time was I would have opened my veins right there, bathed the pickup with my blood, persuaded it to turn into a monster, and sent it chasing Sherriff Aaron Rooney all the way down to the Port Townsend ferry. But that was before I’d met Daniel. I took a deep breath.
“Apologies, Sherriff.” I tried to smile winsomely. Problem was, I hadn’t felt winsome in about three years.
In my mug: It’s an English Breakfast type of morning, so naturally I’ve got a cold mug of green tea with honey. Sigh.
On the iTunes: my playlist this morning features an eclectic mix of moody tunes. Right now Solomon Burke is crooning “Cry to Me”; next up, “Losing my Religion” as sung by Dia Frampton.
Keeping me company: His Royal Highness, Sir Ramses the Displeased, has parked his majestic behind on my desk. He insists on sitting on top of my mouse pad and mouse and biting me every time I attempt to dislodge him. Please send help.
A little procrastination never hurt anyone: an interesting read here, from Jody Hedlund’s blog, on the importance of story over perfection, the latest podcast from Writing Excuses, and three pudding recipes that are sure to make you fat (and happy).
How are YOU taking advantage of our temporal bonus this year? What’s on tap for your Leap Day?