1. What I'm writing-- Fairy World MD Book 3. This book is really clipping along. I've been averaging 1,200-2,000 words a day, which I'm happy about. I'm on chapter 10 now, and have a total of 28,000 words. I'm aiming for about 80,000 words total, so I'm almost halfway there. Would you like a snippet? Oh, okay, pull my arm... This scene takes place at the Texas Ren Fest. at the start of the noonday parade. Previous to this scene, Olive found a dead body with poppy flowers arranged in the corpse's eye sockets. So here you go...
With just my luck, the Gypsies marched past as I tried to dodge them. One of the young girls caught my eye, and soon she made her way toward me. I tried to avoid her, but once she’d spotted me, she kept pace with me.
“Wouldn’t you like a lovely flower?” she asked, playing the part as she attempted a Gypsy’s accent.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“It shall bring great luck,” she said as she trailed behind me.
“I doubt it.”
“And it would look so pretty in your hair.”
“I don’t think so.”
“’Tis a free gift! Why won’t you accept it?”
My patience was worn thin—and this hassler was about to wear it through completely. “Look,” I snapped as I turned around to face her. I stopped, shocked, as I looked at the basket of flowers she carried.
Intermingled with the roses and carnations were flowers I recognized too well. The purple petals with the long hood shape were unmistakable, as were the red flowers with yellow centers.
“Where did you get these?” I asked.
“They are grown with love and magic in my mother’s garden. They are beautiful, aren’t they? All my sisters think so.”
I plucked out one of the red flowers. “What kind of flower is this?”
“’Tis a poppy.”
“Is your mother’s magical love garden here on the festival grounds?”
She eyed me. “It’s… well… I don’t think I’m supposed to say.”
She glanced nervously at the crowd. “Because it is a secret garden.”
She was still keeping up the Gypsy act. “Drop the act,” I said, “and tell me where you got this flower.”
“Fine,” she said in her American accent. “My mom buys them, but I don’t know where. You happy?”
“Yes.” I tried to return the poppy, but she turned away.
“Keep it!” she shouted over her shoulder before flipping me off.
2. What I'm reading-- On Liberty's Watch, Soul Saver Book 3 by Tifani Clark.
Also reading: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I can quote it to you, if you'd like. All my babies have loved this book, so it's gotten to be a tradition that I read it to my current little one. I like that the artwork is very visual, and the kids can easily identify what's on the page. Although, my 2 y.o, does call the muffin, "ice cream." But everything should be ice cream in his mind.
3. What am I watching?
4. What am I doing with my life?
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