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Shelving M​y Darlings

2016 #ROW80 Round 3: Check-In #6 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #24

Remember that story I talked about during my last update? Yup, the one I had only five more chapters to complete. Well, it’s now shelved; for the second time this year. I don’t like to kill my darlings, but I do put them aside often.

What happened? My main characters decided to kiss for the first time at the end of chapter two instead of chapter five as indicated on my basic outline. Therefore, the story had no plot or UST left. I spent Saturday trying to figure out how to update it, but in the end, decided to stop working on it and move to a different project.

The funny part? I had shelved the project I’m currently working on at the beginning of this year in favor of my travel short, and now, I have gone full circle. So far, I have half an outline and four hundred words in this other story. If I can stay on track, I should be able to finish by the first week of August, which was my original plan.

Will see what happens from now ’til Wednesday. I guess I can always bounce between the two.

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Not Much of a Change

2016 #ROW80 Round 3: Check-In #5

Since Sunday, I have added some more words to my short story and fully edited the first two chapters. I still have five more to write and edit, but I’m confident that I could be done by the end of the month. I tend to slow down in the middle of the story, making sure the beginning is strong enough to entice my readers and carry the rest of the plot.

I have worked on some reviews and beta stories, too, but overall, it has been a quiet couple of days. I’m looking forward to finishing this story because it takes place in Puerto Rico and I want to share a bit of our culture with my readers. Hopefully, this holiday travel short will do just that.

What about you? Do you use your hometown as part of your stories?

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One Down, Many More to Go

2016 #ROW80 Round 3: Check-In #3

Today, I hit submit on another short story. This one for an anthology to benefit the victims and families impacted by the Orlando Shooting. It’s a feel good, love wins kind of story; with a sweet young couple and a first kiss. I’ll let you know more when as we go.

The rest of the day, I have been catching up on book reviews and beta reads. And later on, I’m planning to go over what I already have for my next short story. This one a holiday travel short of about 12K words.

Oh, and I got a lot of cool fonts & add-ons for Photoshop just in time to play with the covers for my next two BDSM short stories coming out this fall.

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#RAINBOWSNIPPETS *~* JULY 9-10, 2016 *~*

Today’s snippet comes from the opening scene in my current #WIP, which is a sequel of sorts to my free read, The Glass Ornament. In this new short story, we will meet Daniel and Ford almost three years later.

I haven’t re-introduced Ford yet. This exchange is between Daniel and his shipmate, MR2 Donahue. Enjoy!

He shook his head in disbelief and continued working on the engraving. Donahue might be a man, but Daniel had standards too.

“Come on. I’m ready to get lei’d. Get it? Lei’d, like laid.”

“You know, if you have to explain it isn’t funny,” he said, smirking at his friend’s antics. Donahue had given him the shop’s tour when Daniel arrived at the USS Natividad and hadn’t flinched when he mentioned being married to a man. That, right there, had cemented their friendship.

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#RAINBOWSNIPPETS *~* JUNE 25-26, 2016 *~*

With the end of this month, comes the end of this story. I wrote ‘The End’ around midnight and sent it out for the first round of edits. In the meantime, I need to update my working blurb & synopsis and find a couple of beta readers that can do a quick turn around. I planned for it to be about 6K words and ended up with almost 10K. But, I’m glad about the outcome.

Enjoy the last snippet of Scott’s and Patrick’s story… for now.

Patrick wanted to keep Scott close, not liking the separation or the implication of the piece of furniture between them. Following Scott, he sat on one of the chairs across the desk. He smiled when Scott’s gaze followed his hands as he opened his suit jacket. Slowly, he traced the buttons of his vest all the way up until he touched his necktie. With Scott now concentrated on him, he continued upwards, stopping by his Adam’s apple and tracing the sore cut on his lip; lingering until he heard a soft groan escaping Scott. When he looked up, Scott’s nostrils flared just before he closed his eyes, severing their connection.

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Rainbow SnippetsRainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.