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Friday, July 9, 2010

Prompt Friday: "On the Morrow"

July in the city is usually a time when...
"On the Morrow"

July in the city is usually a time when you truly notice that there are a few corners that smell of cat vomit.

Unfortunately, my office is located on that corner.

The extreme heat does nothing for the massive stench that permeates the city air. Instead, it only amplifies the overwhelming urine smell that wafts through the open window behind my desk. My private eye firm doesn't rake in enough money for me to afford air conditioning, so instead, I'm left with an open window and the desperate attempts of a twenty-year old oscillating fan that's so far beyond its last legs that whenever I turned it on, it made this awful whirring-clanking-shattering noise. I was tempted to just let it stay off, despite the fact that it was easily triple digits outside with 500% humidity. I felt constantly strangled by the sticky heat and the frizz of my hair and the piles of paperwork that weren't getting any smaller, no matter how many all-nighters I pulled in my closet-sized office.

I climbed out onto the fire escape with a mug of coffee that was easily three hours old, yet no colder than when I first poured it. The air outside was still hot, but less suffocating. It was time for a vacation. Actually, it was time for a vacation almost six months ago, when I had a week of downtime between cases. I sipped at my coffee. I was my own boss -- vacation time was neither here nor there. If you wanted something done, and done right, you had to do it yourself.

The phone rang inside my office, and I clambered back through the window to answer it. Any business is good business, I say.

"Hello?" I answered, trying not to sound breathless. "Yeah, this is Felicia Morrow.... Yes, I'm available.... I'll be there in ten minutes." I hung up and grabbed my leather jacket (I needed to keep up appearances) before heading out the door.

nt - 7/09/10

Notes: Partially inspired by The Dresden Files, and the trailer for The Sorcerer's Apprentice which I feel like is the closest thing to a Dresden Files movie that I'm ever going to get. Maybe I'll do something with Felicia in the future....

*Prompt taken from The Write Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Question Wednesday

Q:Did you fall in?

A: This was a question posed to me last night when I suddenly disappeared from the internet. I happened to also be in the bathtub at the same time (what? I can multitask: bathe, read and IM... why do you ask?).

So, the funny thing is, shit always goes down when I am in the shower (or bathtub, I guess). Important phone call? Soapy. Fedex guy just got to the house with that package I've been waiting a week and a half for? Let me rinse the shampoo from my hair. Door-to-door religious fanatics come a-knocking? Not even thinking about showering.

This unlucky turn of events has left me with many good stories, but here are two of my favorite.

Senior year of college, I'm living on the second floor of a duplex, with five other girls, above five guys. I go to shower, and about halfway through, the fire alarm goes off. And not the 'No worries, it's just a fire drill!' alarm, the all-out, there be flames! alarm. In the end, I got to spend a good half hour outside on the front lawn in naught but a towel whilst we watched the fire department remove the boys' stove. Which they had set on fire. Which then sat on the front lawn for a week. Because they were no longer allowed to cook. And while everyone else complained about having to be outside for so long, I had the trump card: "Well, at least you have clothes!"

And now to the story from last night which prompted this rambling response. Since it was about 1938485003 degrees outside yesterday, I decided to take a cool bath in order to prevent myself from passing out (yes, it was that hot). And, being the internet addict that I am, I brought my computer in with me (mostly for music, but I was also mid-chat with a few people). I'm practically done with my bath when BAM -- lights out. Totally dark (save for the super-convenient screen of my computer). My dad thought it was a good time to come knock on the door and inform me we were having a black out. In case I had missed that fact in the pitch-black, closet-sized bathroom I was in.

Well, now it's time for me to go try to be productive.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Status Report Monday (happy fifth of july!)

Since Independence Day was on a Sunday, apparently everyone in the US has the day off today. Except me (and a select few others who are also displeased). Also, it has gotten ridiculously hot out again. I am perfecting my 'dazed' look. I just want to crawl into the shade and nap.

Meanwhile, back in the writing world....

I have made some pathetic attempts at getting more of Anomaly written. It's really just not coming tome these days. I have the character voice down in my head, but not the motivation to actually do any work. I'm going to blame the heat.

Also, I'm getting really tired of everyone telling me that I'm not living up to my potential. I know this. I realize this. I'm doing it on purpose. I am taking a break from being the goody-two-shoes honor roll kid. I just want a break from being a prodigy or whatever else everyone expects of me so that I can do some normal things for a while. So please stop asking. And judging. I'm doing just fine, thanks.

Harem is back on the back-back burner again. I want to get Anomaly out of the way, first, but that's going poorly, so maybe I'll pick up Harem for a bit....

In other news, I've finally gotten around to some pleasure reading. I've had Daywatch by Sergei Lukyanenko lying around for a while. Thank goodness for Russian fantasy.

Maybe I'll go get something done now...