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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.”

                                                ***

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.”

                                                ***

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.

                                                ***

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.

                                                            ***

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


WIPpet Wednesday, September 7, 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?

Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman by Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant

What am I reading?

I am still reading, Fiction Writing Modes, Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life, by Mike Klaassen, 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?

A French Girl On The Prairie, by Fred Pirat, 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 16 paragraphs, give or take,  minus 2.

Background and summary: Phoebe is on her way to the executive suite after her encounter with Tammy and is shocked once again.

                                                                                                            ***

Energized by the rush of adrenalin, Phoebe marched to the executive suite, scolding and, ready to get through the last day of the work week. Quad 1 had a soccer game, and she’d promised to be there.

Daniel was standing in the doorway to their suite, waiting for her when she rounded the corner. He observed her as she walked toward him.

“Morning, what happened? You look as if you're ready to fight.”

“Everything's A-Okay. I know, you don't have to tell me. I’m late,” She said, expecting him to get loud.

“You’re not late.”

“Oh. Then, why were you standing in the doorway waiting for me?”

“I thought you might have needed help with your things.”

“I told Kirk, I’ll pick them up later.”

“Good. Come with me to my office. Let talks.”

“Alright," she said, pinching herself to see if she were still on planet earth and in Daniel Cochran's office.   Good morning, Maria,” she said to Maria sitting at her desk.

“Morning, Phoebe. Welcome to the suite,” Maria said to her as she passed by following Daniel into his office.

“How did it go?” Daniel asked as he closed the door.

She didn’t pretend not to know what he was talking about.

“Better than I expected.”

“Do you need me to help?” Daniel asked.

“No. Let me do this my way. I know my family. Yesterday evening, they were shocked. Tonight is when the questions start coming at me.”

                                                                                        ***

That's all, folks.

Have a good week and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia


WIPpet Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WIPpet Wednesday

Hello Everyone,

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 read In Praise of Lilith, by Susan Scott. The review goes up on my blogs, Amazon, Germany, and Goodreads on Friday. I’m still writing the review for Passion & Struggle. It has such an impact that I had to reread some chapters again.

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 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?

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 19 paragraphs, give or take, minus 2. Sorry but my math is lousy this week. (Math. 20-16=4+8=12-31=19). Nineteen paragraphs that reveal one of the problems Daniel will confront some time in the future.

Background and summary: Phoebe has just left Kirk after finding out she will be working in the executive suite. She steps into the lift to go to her new working location and who would be inside riding up, Tammy Taylor.

                                             ***

Unfortunately, she wasn’t alone. Tammy Taylor was inside the lift.

“Late again, Phoebe?”

“Morning, Tammy,” Phoebe said, ignoring her question.

“Do you know the word punctuality?”

Phoebe looked away and turned to face the door ignoring her.

One of these days you’ll know how it feels to get four boys dressed and be on time,

“Or was it those brats of yours?”

Phoebe remained silent, continuing to ignore Tammy.

Just wait, my dear. Soon you’ll be taking care of those ‘brats’ yourself.

She hoped the seventh floor would come soon before she did Tammy bodily harm.

“Cat got your tongue?”

One, two, three, four, five… Keep counting Phoebe don’t let her know it bothers you.

“Start looking for another job cause when Daniel and I get married, you’re out of a here,” Tammy said.

The lift stopped, and Phoebe pushed the button and kept the doors from opening. She turned and gave Tammy her undivided attention.

“You have a problem, Tammy. If Daniel Cochran fires me, I’ll make sure that you and he live in hell. So try me. And furthermore, you need to get Daniel to ease your itch, or I'll ease it by putting my foot there, and he won't be able to touch you until the stitches are removed. So don't you ever let me hear you talking about my kids again."

Phoebe let go of the button, and the doors opened, and she stepped out first.

“Now you have a glorious, day, Ms. Tammy.”

She didn't even bother to look back at the woman she’d just threatened.

                                                            ***

That’s all, folks.

For those of you celebrating the holiday on Monday, Happy Labor Day!

And to all of you, I say,

Be safe. See you next week.

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.

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That’s all, Folks!

Until next Wednesday,

Shalom aleichem,

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