WIPpet Wednesday

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 9, 2016

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

  • What have I read?

I read, once again, Nora Roberts Born In Ice, Born In Shame, and Born In Fire.

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 7 paragraphs out of chapter 13. Daniel and Clay are having lunch in Clay’s office. Daniel requested to see him. Clay begins the conversation.

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“You sounded like the issue you need to talk about was crucial, Daniel.  A matter of life and death. So, what’s problem?

“The problem is a medium-sized Afro with big hips, large, long, legs and breasts that make me want to lay my head between them and sleep. Not to mention a heart filled with compassion that’s driving me crazy.”

“Phoebe, huh?”

 “How did you know?”

“You only had to look at your face at the Chamber of Commerce benefit. No one else recognized it but I saw it, and Roberta did too. In fact, she was quite concerned about whether or not you would attack Phoebe with your emotional instability.”

Daniel laughed. “Man, instability is a good choice of words. That night I got to meet unexpectantly one of my sons, Quad 3. He was waiting up for Phoebe. Wanted to sleep in her bed.”

“How did you feel about meeting him like that?”

*** 

 

That’s all, folks.

Have a nice rest of the week, and 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.

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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.

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“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 12, 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 Border Bride, A Regency Novella by Shannon Donnelly. The review will appear on my book review blogs within three weeks.

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 Bound By The Summer Prince by Mistral Dawn.

  • 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. This is the beginning of Chapter 12. I may present the entire chapter. I am not sure yet.

Background and summary: Kirk and Peter are having a meeting in Daniel’s office after Angie leaves. Scene 1 is ending, and scene 2 begins.

                                    ***

Quickly, Angie whisked past Peter and Kirk, mumbled a goodbye to Maria and fled out of the door while Daniel observed the two men before him.

“Come into my office. We need to talk,” Daniel said harnessing his temper.

I didn’t realize it was going to take persuasion to get the both of you and especially Kirk to see that all of my intentions toward Phoebe are honorable.

***

They sat around the round table in Daniel’s office. Daniel watched as Kirk sat down and crossed his arms over his chest.

This is not going to be easy. Kirk is worst than a mother hen when it comes to Phoebe.

“Would you two take my word, if I told you, I don’t plan on hurting Phoebe?”

“Why should we believe you? Her resignation is sitting somewhere on your desk. Your treatment forced her to resign.”

“Phoebe’s not resigning. She’s my Project Leader, Kirk.”

“Until the project is completed, and then what?”

“It’s her decision, but the job is hers permanently.”

“You mean this is not a temporary spot,” Peter asked.

“No, it’s not. I admit Phoebe thinks she’s working out her termination notice, and I’ve decided not to correct that impression because she’d walk out immediately, but the job is permanent. So, Kirk will have to find a replacement.”

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That’s all folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 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.”

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That’s all folks.

Until next week, be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, September 28, 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?

The Cat Who Wanted A Dog by Micki Peluso and Illustrations by Neva Franks

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 I have started reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

  • 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.

My Snippet is composed of 9 paragraphs. This is the beginning of Chapter 9. After this snippet, I will present something new.

Background and summary: Daniel sends Phoebe home early because of Quad 1’s soccer game. The weekend with the family turned out great, but something unexpected happened, which we will find out about in the snippet below.

                                                            ***

Driving into Cochran Ltd on Monday morning, Phoebe was quite pleased with herself. Quad 1 scored at the last minute, and she and all her brood, including Granny, went to the ice cream parlor on Beethoven Street.

John, Quad 1’s coach, came in right before they were leaving and joined them. During the conversation, he asked her to accompany him to the Christmas Dance coming up at his school in December. He had been chosen by his director to be one of the chaperoned.

“John, I don’t think I can. I’ve just been chosen as project leader for a new project. Between the kids and that I just don’t have the time.”

“Yes, you do Phoebe,” Quad 1 said. “We’ll be good.”

“Phoebe,” John said, “The dance is in December. Maybe, you can arrange it so you can be there.”

“She will,” said the entire table and Phoebe looked at them sternly.

Wait until I get you guys home. We’re going to have a talk.

“John, let me think about this and get back to you. Right now, I need to get my brood home. They’re flipping.”

Everyone at the table laughed, including Phoebe.

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That’s all, folks.

Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, September 21, 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, and I am not complaining. I am elated. Just hooked up my hp wireless printer, successfully.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

I have not finished reading anything this week.

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 I have started reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley and The Cat Who Wanted A Dog by Micki Peluso.

  • 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.

My Snippet is composed of 28 paragraphs. This is the last part of this chapter and I didn’t want to take two paragraphs out of the next chapter because I am not sure I will continue with this story or present a new one.

Background and summary: Quad 1 calls, and she takes the call in Daniel office. After her phone call, Phoebe and Daniel’s discussion continues but Daniel takes a step in a different direction.

                                                ***

When Phoebe hung up, Daniel had gotten up from his desk and walked to his window to look out over the parking lot.

“I need you to give me a summary of the project. I want to take it home for the weekend,” Daniel said.

“That’ll take hours, and I promise Quad 1 I'd be at his first soccer game.”

“Okay, then give the data to me. I’ll summarize it, and then you’ll have to check it and concur on Monday,” Daniel said, still facing the window.

“Do you mind?”

“No Phoebe, I don’t mind. By the way, what’s Quad 1 real name?” Daniel turned to regard her as she answered.

“Daniel Michael.”

“Are you serious?

“Yep.”

“And the other two Quads.”

“Quad 2 is Daniel Elijah, and Quad 4 is Daniel Joseph. Quad 3 told you he was Daniel Gabriel when you brought me home last night.”

“You mean each boy has Daniel in his name?”

“Yes indeed, Mr. Cochran, and that why Angie gave them the name ‘the Quads.’ But when they turned three, Daniel Michael decided to identify them by a number. So, they’re Quad 1, and 2, and 3, and 4 now. Who knows what he'll come up with when they turn five.”

“He has to be one smart kid to figure out something like that,” Daniel said.

“Believe me when I say he is. He’s either going to be a lawyer or a soccer player.”

“Why do you say that?”

“Well, he’s playing soccer with eight-year-olds, and he’s just four, and he’s in the third grade at the best private academic school I can afford, and the teacher and the principle would like to move him up two classes higher because he's bored. So do you understand now?” Phoebe asked.

“Wow,” Daniel said. “We need to talk about finances, and I’d love to see him play soccer.”

“Not yet, Daniel. Please give me time to prepare them.”

“It’s just that I’d like to get to know them.”

“Trust me, you will.”

“I do, Phoebe. So, out with you; I need to get some work done, and you need to bring your things up from your office.”

“But I…”

“You need to get all your things up here and make sure all your office equipment is working properly. Afterward, go home. I’ll see you on Monday.”

“Are you sure?”

“I’m very sure. Now out!”

With a perplexed look on her face and a question in her eyes, Phoebe walked out of Daniel office and closed the door lightly. She pinched herself to make sure she was not sleeping. A pleasant conversation without sarcasm and accusations with Daniel Cochran was something she’d had only in her dreams.

If Phoebe had turned around and took a look at Daniel Cochran's smiling face, she might have fainted once more.

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That’s all, folks.

Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, September 14, 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, and I am not complaining. I am elated. Just hooked up my hp wireless printer, successfully.

  So, here goes for today:

  • What have I read?

Fiction Writing Modes, Eleven Essential Toos for Bringing Your Story to Life, by Mike Klassen, and A French Girl On The Prairie by Fred Pirat.

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.

My Snippet is composed of 17 paragraphs, give or take, minus 2.

Background and summary: Phoebe is in Daniel’s office, reporting to her new workplace and they are having a discussion. Daniel wanted to know if he could help and Phoebe turned him down because she knows the questions will come when she gets home in the evening, and the shock has worn off. Daniel makes a famous statement that she can’t deal with at the moment.

                                                          ***

“If you need me, don’t hesitate to ask me, Phoebe.”

“Okay. Change of subject. Is it necessary for me to work in the suite?”

“You're the project leader, and I want you here. That’s the way it’s done by us. Why?”

“Because I think I can do it from my office on the third floor.”

“You’ll be working close to me to Maria and me. Confidential information will be tossed back and forth between us, words spoken that no one needs to hear but us. I’d prefer that you worked from the suite. That’s why we have that extra office across from mine.”

“Point taken,” Phoebe said as Maria opened the door and looked at her.

“You have a phone call from home," Maria said to Phoebe.

"Place the call here, Maria," Daniel said before Phoebe could move to go to Maria's desk.

When the call came through, Phoebe answered it not quite sure how Daniel would take her receiving family calls at work.

“Hello,” she said as she heard the voice on the other end.

“Phoebe, don’t forget you have to be home by three for my soccer game.”

“I know Quad 1. I promised to be there, and I’ll be there.”

“If I score, can we go to the Italian ice cream parlor on Beethoven Street?”

“It’s your first game, Quad 1.”

“Please, Phoebe.”

“All right. After soccer, we’ll go to the ice cream parlor. Now, may I go back to work."

"See you at four. Love you, Phoebe," Quad 1 said on the phone.

Love you too, sweetie. Bye bye. “

                * **

That's all, folks. Be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia