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WIPpet Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list, My GRL by John Howell, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell, and Miami Morning by Mary Clark.

My Snippet is composed of 11 sentences out of chapter 14. Daniel has returned to his office. He confronts Phoebe asking her if she has taken a lunch break.

                                                ***

“Did you take a break?”

“No, I didn’t come in until noon, so I don’t need a break.”

“Yes, you do. Take one now.”

“I don’t want to take a break; I would like to finish what I’m doing.”

“Phoebe, we’re not going to discuss this. As your boss, I’m ordering you to take a break.”

“Okay, Boss. I’ll go sit in the coffee lounge and have a coffee, if that will satisfy your command.”

“No, it won’t. Take three hours off. Go home. See about the kids and give me a call around seven to see if I need you to come back into the office.”

That’s all folks.

Until next Wednesday, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  

  • What have I read?

I haven’t completed any of the books I am reading.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list, My GRL by John Howell, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell, and Miami Morning by Mary Clark.

My Snippet is composed of 2 paragraphs out of chapter 13.

                                                ***

Daniel walked into the beautiful L-Shaped two story building of Clay Forrester admiring the simplicity yet warmth that radiated throughout its hallways. A smile broke out on Daniel’s face; the building displayed the personality of its architect–– Clay Forrester.   The husband to Roberta Forrester, Clay was the only one of the three male friends Daniel had, that did not work directly for him.

Clay was expecting him. At Daniel’s early morning arrival at his office, he had given Clay a phone call. Greeted by Clay’s personal assistant, she indicated that Clay was waiting on him and nodded toward the door.

                                                            ***

That’s all, folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  

  So, what have I done this week:

  • What have I read?

I haven’t completed any of the books I am reading. I had an essay to finished for an anthology and found out today that the editor would like to include it in the anthology. It is non-fiction and my first inclusion in an anthology and I am delighted.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list, My GRL by John Howell, and The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell, and Miami Morning by Mary Clark.

My Snippet is composed of 16 paragraphs continuing with chapter 12. Next week, I am jumping to a snippet out of chapter 13.

Background and summary: This is a continuation of what happens in chapter 12. Kirk, Peter, and Daniel come out of Daniel’s office. Phoebe has arrived and is sitting in her office. Maria is not in the office.

                                    ***

“Afternoon, Phoebe,” Kirk said. “Everything’s okay?”

“Afternoon, you three,” Phoebe said and then said to Kirk, “Everything’s fine.”

“Good, then we’ll see you on Saturday,” Peter said, taking Kirk’s arm and rushing him out the door.

“How are you really?” Daniel asked leaning against her door observing her.

“I’m fine.”

“Good. I’m going out to lunch now. Can you give me the keys to the car?”

“Oh, yes. Sorry, I should have given them to you when I walked into the office, but I didn’t want to disturb your meeting.”

“No problem, but you can disturb my meetings. If I don’t want to be disturb, I have a sign that says do not disturb. But you and Maria are the only two who have permission to not obey the sign.”

“Well, I just learned something new. Thanks.”

“Can you authorize the allocations for the mergers alone or do you need me to be here?” Daniel asked.

“No, I can do it. You don’t need to stay.”

“Okay then, I’m leaving and probably won’t be back until three of four.”

“I’ll tell Maria when she gets back.”

“Phoebe?” Daniel murmured, and he walked to her desk and lifted up her chin and forced her to look at him. “I really enjoyed yesterday evening. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

“See you when I get back,” Daniel said and departed her office. Two minutes later, he waved to her as he departed the suite.

“Bye,” Phoebe whispered to the wind.

 

That's all, folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I read Bound by the Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn, The review will appear on my book review blogs soon.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad, and Aftermath by George Weinstein, which I bumped up to the top of the list.

  • What do I plan to read next?

My GRL by John Howell, The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell.

My Snippet is composed of 10 paragraphs continuing with chapter 12. I may present the entire chapter, but I am not sure,.

Background and summary: This is Kirk’s reaction to Daniel stealing Phoebe.

                                    ***

"You, scoundrel, you,” Kirk said. “Now you’re stealing my best employee.”

Daniel and Peter both laughed.

“Kirk,” Daniel said, “ you can’t have it both ways. Phoebe stays, but you won’t have her anymore; she works in this office.”

“So, why was Angie here?” Peter asked.

“To protect Phoebe and find out my intentions.”

“And what are your intentions?” Kirk asked.

“I told Angie the same thing I’m telling you guys. I’m not going to hurt Phoebe. By the way, please keep Angie’s visit a secret. Phoebe doesn’t need to know it.”

“Why?” Peter asked.

“Because Phoebe is suspicious and very sensitive, at the moment. If she knew Angie was late to school to come and to talk to me, she’d think Angie betrayed her.”

That’s all, folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia Oct 14 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am still working out of boxes, but the boxes are fewer than before.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I  read A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. The review will come up in two or three weeks on my book review blog, goodreads, and amazon.de.

What am I reading?

Still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrad.

  • What do I plan to read next?

My GRL by John Howell, The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison, Our Justice by John Howell.

My Snippet is composed of 5 paragraphs. This is the beginning of Chapter 12. I may present the entire chapter. I am not sure yet.

Background and summary: In this snippet Kirk and Peter walk into the executive suite for a meeting with Daniel and find Angie getting ready to depart his office.

                                                            ***

As Angie and Daniel departed his office, Kirk and Peter were entering the executive suite for their weekly executive meeting. Needless to say, the both of them stood before the door surprised. The door slammed when Kirk shut it.

“We thought you weren’t here,” Peter said. “Your car isn’t in your assigned parking space.”

Before Daniel could answer, Kirk who had been regarding Angie said, “Angie, what are you doing here?”

“She’s visiting me, Kirk.”

“I can see that but what I’m asking is why?” Kirk said in a much louder voice.

Daniel glanced down at Angie. “Your taxi is waiting. Go to school. I’ll take care of your Uncles. Don’t worry. Just trust me.”

                                                ***

That’s all folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  I am now in my newly renovated office, and it is a dream.

           So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

Vincent Lombardi, TOUGHNESS, by Fritz Knapp and That First Season by John Eisenberg.

What am I reading?

I am still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I have started reading Passion and Struggle in The Genesis Saga by John Fioravanti, and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrads.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison.

***

My Snippet consists of eighteen paragraphs. (10 + 8= 18)

Background summary: We left off with Phoebe telling Angie to go get Granny and she could share her lateness getting home with the both of them before they had a family meeting. We’re still in chapter seven and continuing onward.

***

Angie ran upstairs to Granny’s room. Phoebe went into the kitchen to make herself a nice hot cup of Earl Grey. So many thoughts bombarded her mind.

I don’t even know where to start.

     She thought about how they had come together and united into a nucleus where they stood for each. When they started living together rivalry, mistrust, and of course, the scars from the children’s and granny’s past had threatened to destroy her vision of family unification. However, her perseverance had paid off. They had conquered every obstacle. Granny, the oldest member of the clan, was a substitute Grandmother for the kids and substitute mother for her.

     “How am I going to explain to them what’s happened,” Phoebe murmured softly.

    “Why don’t you just let it out, Child?” Granny said walking into the kitchen with Angie tailing her.

     “Hi, Granny.”

     “What’s going on, Child?” Granny asked.

     Knowing, Granny hated stalling, Phoebe decided to jump into the subject head on without padding the situation.

   “Daniel Cochran is the father of the Quads.”

   “What did you say?” Angie shouted.

   “Daniel Cochran is the father of the Quads.”

   “This has got to be a nightmare,” Both Granny and Angie mumbled at the same time.

   “I wish it were,” Phoebe said, “But it’s not.”

   Granny sat down at the large reddish-brown mahogany table. Quietly she considered Phoebe’s announcement.

   “Want a hot cup of Earl Grey, Granny?” Phoebe asked.

   “Yes, Child. I need one after that announcement. Put a little rum in it. So, What did you do when he told you, walk out?”

   “No. I did the most unlikely thing that I’ve ever done in my life. I fainted, and after I had come to myself again, we talked.”

   “And what did we talk about?” Granny asked.

   “About his suggestion.”

   “What kind of suggestion?” Granny asked.

***

That’s all, folks.

See you next week.

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday

It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.  The workers started Monday. I say Hallelujah! They are hoping to be finished by Friday. I see myself sleeping in my office just to get used to the fact that I have it back again. I am so thankful.

            It is time for me to share the books I have read, what I'm reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

Think Like A Warrior by Darrin Donnelly. I am so happy that I found this little gem of a book. It came when I needed encouragement.

What am I reading?

I am still reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool, How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig, and I have started reading That First Season by John Eisenberg. (I am a Vince Lombardi Fan and love reading about how he got through his tough times.), and I Was Right On Time, My Journey from the Negro Leagues to the Majors, Buck O’Neil with Steve Wulf and David Conrads.

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by Janelle Jalbert, The Last Coach by Allen Barra, and My Personal Best by John Wooden with Steve Jamison.

Summary: This week I have taken a snippet out of Chapter Seven. Daniel and Phoebe have had a talk in his office. Now, Phoebe is getting ready to inform Angie and Granny. By the way, Angie calls Daniel a Boor because she and Granny know about Daniel’s treatment toward Phoebe. Also, Granny is not Phoebe’s Grandmother. She is another woman that Phoebe helped through life. So, you see, Phoebe has a nurturing streak that puts others above thinking about herself. Just a little background to refresh your memories. Phoebe is raising eight adopted children. Four of the children are girls, and the other four are boys of which she has legal guardianship. The quadruplets are extremely intelligent Phoebe had not planned on adopting quadruplets. A woman that she befriended left her in charge of her boys after she found out she was dying. The woman had been Daniel’s girlfriend. Phoebe doesn’t know that. Daniel did not know about the boys. Shirley sent him a letter, but he fell out of a mail basket in the mailroom and got stuck under a bookshelf and was discovered only recently when the bookshelf had to be replaced.

My math count. 3 +20-1 = 22 (day plus first two number in the year, 20 + minus 1)

Phoebe paid the taxi driver and hurriedly walked to her front door; Angie stood there, waiting.

"Why are you home early? And why are you coming home in a taxi? You told me you were going to be late."

"Well, I'm home," Phoebe said and went into the living room.

"What's happened? Has Mr. Boor attacked you again?" Angie said, following her.

"One minute, honey, let me get in the house."

"Sorry about that. I saw the taxi drive up and you getting out, and I got worried again."

"I hear Quad 3 playing his drums but where's the rest?"

"Quad 4 is playing piano under Cassie's Tutelage, Quad 2 is reading to Tasha, and Delia's upstairs doing her research paper for her Biology class."

"And where's Quad 1?"

"Sitting at the desk in your home office playing lawyer."

"That kid's too smart. His whiz is disturbing."

"I know. He's already questioned me about yesterday evening."

"Oh, he has." 

"Says it his responsibility to protect you."

Phoebe began chuckling at her son's adamancy."

"Between his intellect and Quad 3's virtuoso abilities, my hands are tied. Not to mention Quad 2 and 4. All four of them are wizards. Is Granny home?"

"Yep. She's been waiting for you too. Quad 1 cross-examined her about last night too."

Poor Granny," Phoebe said. Her voice dropped, and a shadow of sadness fell across her face.

"What's wrong, Phoebe?"

"Let's go in the kitchen Little One, and I'll inform you."

"It must be bad because you never call me Little One unless something's wrong."

"Maybe, you should get Granny, first. Both of you need to hear this before we call a family meeting."

***

That’s all folks.

Until next Wednesday,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday
It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. I am almost finished with clearing out my basement.

            It is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwall

  • What am I reading?

PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool and How To Become A Writer by Barbara Baig

  • What do I plan to read next?

The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher, Magnolia Secret by Beth Hale.

Also still working on the final revision for my manuscript so that I can submit it back to my writing coach/book editor by the middle of August and concentrating on books by authors who have agent contracts with agencies where I want to submit, so that is slowing down my reading pace.

***

My WIPpet is 13 (20-7 and I hope my math is correct. I could be one off or one under.)

An introduction to what is happening in this scene: Phoebe does her second set and returns to the table where her friends are sitting to try and get out of riding home with Daniel.

***

The second set roused the audience; people stood on their feet, clapping on four different songs, the longest standing ovation being on the song, Georgia On My Mind.

Phoebe let her heart fly as she sang and the people flew with her, especially Daniel who could not hide the affect she was having on him.

After finishing the last set with her combo, Phoebe retuned to the table, hoping she could gently remove herself out of Daniel’s auto as she addressed him.

“You don’t have to take me home, Daniel. One of the guys said it was no problem for him to drop me off.” She turned away from him and started saying goodbye to the others.

“It’s not a problem, Phoebe. So, tell him, it’s not necessary, unless you’re afraid to ride with me. “

“Of course I’m not,” she said, turning to glare at him.

“Then, I’ll wait here while you get your things.”

“We’ll see you tomorrow around twelve, Phoebe,” Kirk said, breaking the tension between the two. “And don’t forget to pick up your car before you come to work because we might have to work longer.”

“You’ll see me tomorrow morning, Kirk, “ Phoebe said still glaring at Daniel. “Daniel has ordered me to report to him by eight a.m. and I don’t want to be late again.”

“No problem, Phoebe,” Daniel said, regarding her with a smile. “I’ve just changed the time of our appointment. We’ll discuss it on the way to your home.”

“Oh. Why?”

“It’s my prerogative.”

“Okay, if that’s what you want to do.”

“That’s exactly what I want to do, Phoebe.”

He’s up to something, Phoebe thought as she went to her combo to let them know she was leaving and would be riding home with Daniel.

***

That’s all, Folks!

Until next Wednesday,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, July 15, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday


It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. I am almost finished with clearing out my basement.

            It is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

Nothing.

  • What am I reading?

I’ve pushed Broken Pieces, Kathleen Long and Christine’s Odyssey by J.L. Campbell down on my list because I am reading PEAK: Secrets From The New Science Of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

  • What do I plan to read next?

Not sure yet. I am working on the final revision for my manuscript so that I can submit it back to my writing coach/book editor at the middle of August and concentrating on books by authors who have agent contracts with agencies where I want to submit.

My WIPpet is 13 sentences for day 13.

Summary: Phoebe is on edge. She is wary of Daniel. Those two have been at each other throats for some times. We open up chapter 4 with her leaving the group to return to the stage and her second set.

***

To say that the couples around the oval table felt bushwhacked when Daniel said he would take Phoebe home is an understatement. Not only were they speechless, but, Phoebe went back on stage troubled. A foreboding spirit hung over her head; what does he want from me? He’s never offered to do anything to help me at work and now he’s offering to drive me home. Daniel Cochran, I don’t know what you’re up to but this is one woman you’re not going to brow beat into something.

“You okay, Phoeb?” her pianist asked.

“Sure. I’m okay. My mind was somewhere else, Clay.”

“Well, bring it back to us, Sweetheart. You sang a great first set, and the people want more.”

“Thanks. You guys played a great first set too. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

“Take five,” Clay said. “ Give us some time to get into groove, before you come out with your James Brown medley.”

“Will do. You guys take your time. I’m in no hurry,” Phoebe said and walked away, parting the divided stage curtain to go to the lady’s room for entertainers.

***

That’s it, folks.

Until next week,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday


It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering.   I am still running behind. I now have a large container in my driveway. I am almost finished with clearing out my basement.

            So, it is time for me to share the books I have read, the books I am reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.

So, here goes:

  • What have I read?

The Miracle of Small Things By Guilie Castillo-Oriard

What am I reading?

I haven’t started on anything. Getting my basement clear and keeping up with my writing are priorities one and two.

  • What do I plan to read next?

Christine’s Odyssey (Simms Siblings Series by J.L. Campbell, and Broken Pieces by Kathleen Long

My WIPpet: I am continuing with the novel that I am writing and revising on Wattpad.

(My math is simple: June is the sixth month, and I have six paragraphs.

A little bit of history from last week: They are still at the Gala. Daniel attends for the first time. He hears Phoebe sing her first set and feels inspired. Now the band is taking a break and Phoebe heads to their table not knowing that Daniel is a part of the party. The last line from last week was,

“Here, she comes,” Peter said. “Maybe, we should put what happen today aside until the appropriate time.”

***

“Yes, I agree. I don’t want our singer walking out because someone asks her why she’s not on stage,” Kirk said, sarcastically and looked at Daniel.

“Kirk, that’s not fair. Give me a chance to correct my mistake.”

“Mistakes, Boss,” Maria said.

“Okay, agreed, mistakes.”

As Phoebe approached the table, her eyes widened as she regarded the one person she didn’t expect to see gazing at her.

“Is something wrong, Phoebe?” Daniel asked, forcing her to look at him.

That’s it, folks.

Until next week,

Shalom aleichem,

PatGarciaBW

Pat Garcia