A Brief Excerpt from my #WIP

Ciao, amici! So, yes, I’ve been largely AWOL from blogging, except for hosting friends. And yes, I promised I’d be better about that.

And yes, I failed miserably at that promise.

I honestly don’t know how you all do everything you do. Blogging and social media and working and family and reading and reviewing and social lives. Well, social lives probably took a hit this year. But all the other stuff. I work roughly twelve hours a day. My brain is fried the other twelve hours. I don’t have much time for anything past family obligations after that. You all need to tell me your secrets.

If I want to interact with you guys more often, it’s got to be in short bursts, and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are out. Weekends, too. That leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays. I thought I’d try this feature out. I used to have a WIP Wednesday, but Wednesdays don’t work for me, so I’m shifting. We’ll see how it goes.

I toyed with two sentences and two paragraphs. Neither is much, but obviously paragraphs give me more to play with. Today, I went with paragraphs. We’ll see if that’s enough to make you wonder. Let me know if it does. Or doesn’t. I’m open to adjusting things. This blog is as much about you as it is me. Even more, really.

Here we go with the inaugural excerpt for 2-Paragraph Tuesday:

“Where? Another dry lake? I see no canyons, grand or otherwise. No rivers in need of damming. All the natural wonders and natural resources are so far behind us, they’re in different states, and the only thing in Nevada bringing in any money are the casinos, which coincidentally, we’re also driving away from. So what, I ask you, is the government so interested in out here?”

But Santoro didn’t answer him this time. He merely kept driving toward destinations unknown.

Those two paragraphs are from the opening chapter of a surprise I’ll be releasing soon. More about that will be coming shortly. For now, I’m just interested in knowing if that interested you.

Thanks for reading. Saluti!

41 thoughts on “A Brief Excerpt from my #WIP

  1. I feel like a curmudgeon. I must be the exception. For some reason, the first paragraph didn’t hook me like most of your excerpts do. I wasn’t “in the scene.” Maybe a hint of description first? How barren everything looks? I’m going to hide now so no one can throw tomatoes at me:) But if I read more, I’d bet it works. Your writing’s always great.

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    • This isn’t the opening line. You do get the barrenness of the surroundings before this. (At least, I hope it comes through.) But I do appreciate the feedback. And there’s NO REASON to hang your head. Everyone is different and enjoys different things. I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know what people thought. I’m glad you spoke up.

      No tomatoes. 🙂

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  2. And…I’m a day late. 🙂 The excerpt piques my interest!

    I hear ya about keeping up with blogging. Hence why I follow the slow blogging method, only posting once or twice per month. It’s enough, especially when you write an author blog, as well. Slow blogging also helps with SEO. I should be more schedule orientated, like picking a day and sticking with it. Alas, writing obligations keep messing with the schedule. Ah, well. We’re human.

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  3. I’m feeling the strain of keeping it all together too at the moment, Staci. Whether it’s Covid, the day job, life in general, I’ve just got ZERO energy for blogging at the moment. Luckily I had a few posts already pre-planned which have been rolling, otherwise, I’d have been silent for weeks.
    I enjoyed your exceprt. It certainly got me hooked in a few short words!

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  4. Oh my Yes! This piques my curiosity for sure, Staci. The possibilities are intriguing! Thank you for sharing. As far as keeping up with it all, I fail miserably, and sadly, my writing time suffers the most. I’m going to try my best to rearrange my priorities for 2021 – write first, then do everything else. I have such a compulsion to clear out my Inbox daily and that takes me down lots of rabbit holes. Deep sigh….All I can do is try!

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    • I’m with you. I always clear my inbox first, and everyone at work says to write first THEN do the other things, like email and social media. Actually, most of them have given up on social media. Sigh. I guess that’s where they carve out the time. They cut some of the social things. If I did that, I really would become the hermit my kids think I am. (If social media counts toward not being a hermit; I’m not sure.)

      Fingers crossed we both find that balance soon.

      Thanks for the interest in the paragraphs, Jan!

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  5. Very intriguing! An idea to make one of the sentences pop more came to mind, but this is your work.

    I don’t comprehend how other writers get so much done. I’ve had to cut back on so many of my other “author platform” duties that I’m basically just writing and doing YouTube videos now. On the upside, less stress.

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    • By all means, give me the idea. I’m not precious. If it works (based on the stuff you can’t see around it), I’ll happily take the suggestion.

      I admire you for doing the videos. I can’t imagine putting myself out there like that. And I don’t have the time to try to learn the format and editing. Kudos to you!

      Nice to see you here, Missy. Miss our lunches, infrequent though they were. ❤

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  6. I’m intrigued and definitely look forward to more. I don’t know how you do everything you do, and I understand about there not being enough time. I’ve been sorely lacking on the blog front this year as well.

    And I’m like Priscilla, I’d like to know more about the colored block. Or is it a Gutenberg thing?

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    • Thanks. I’m so glad it intrigued you!

      As for the colored block, that’s one of my favorite hacks. I use it often, and not just in WP, but in Word and Scrivener, too. It’s handy for when you want to keep your formatting (like when you’re using bullets or numbers and want a space but not a new bullet or number but then want the list to continue afterward, unbroken). And it’s so easy. Just hold the shift key down when you hit the return key. You get what looks like a space between paragraphs but all formatting is retained. (This trick also works with unbreaking spaces, if you want a space between two things but you don’t want the second one to wrap to the next line. I know it works in Word; I’m not sure if it works in WP or Scrivener.)

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