#AtoZChallenge – E is for Emergency Exit

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I’m participating in the A to Z blogger challenge this year. Since April also is the anniversary month for the release of my novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part, I thought I’d use that for the theme of my posts. For each letter I will come up with a word that is pertinent to the story, and post a short excerpt featuring it.

In general these excerpts will bounce around the timeline (after all, the story isn’t told in alphabetical order). No worries, I’ll give a little context leading into each scene so it won’t be necessary to read the others to enjoy the snippet-of-the-day.


EE is for Emergency Exit

Henry’s proximity to an emergency exit on the airplane he’s about to board is key to his survival. This scene takes place early in chapter one as Henry and Sam are parting ways, supposedly for six weeks, as Henry flies to Fiji for a research trip. If you’ve been following along, you’ll have seen the name Garrett pop up as one of the four survivors on the island. The businessman Henry’s referring to in this scene is Garrett, but Henry doesn’t know that yet. It is told from Henry’s 1st-person POV:

My younger, pre-Sam self would’ve fake-gagged at the sight of the two of us simpering and continuing to make eye contact as I threaded my way through security, but clearly I wasn’t that man anymore, since I didn’t give a damn right now what anybody thought. But eventually, with a final wave, blown kiss, and glimpse of Sam’s beautiful grin, I headed to my departure gate.

I thought of Sam again as I settled into the aisle seat directly behind the exit row over the right wing. He’d insisted that I get a seat as near as possible to one of the emergency exits. I always indulged his phobia even though I felt it was pointless.

I nodded at the businessman across the aisle from me as he settled into his seat and pulled a tablet out of his small carry-on bag. He dipped his head in return and gave me a friendly but rhetorical “How’s it going?” before turning to the screen in his hands.

I wondered what was bringing a man in a suit to Fiji, not that the idea was unheard of. Hell, I was heading there for work, myself, but I just didn’t need to wear a suit. More than likely he was getting off in Los Angeles, anyway. But he didn’t seem interested in real conversation, so I didn’t ask.


Blurb

Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage … ’Til Death Do Us Part.

The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes, and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive as well?

Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?

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This Shy/Introvert’s Musings on #grl2017 #gayromlit #grl

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I came across a BuzzFeed article titled, 53 Pictures Only Introverts Can Truly Appreciate, that got me thinking about the upcoming GRL in Denver. These are the images that stood out for me:

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This is the mode I’m in now. It’ll pretty much take from now until October for me to gather the emotional strength to do this.

 

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Small talk.

It’ll be a requirement, but I am so very, very bad at it.

 

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Featured authors have some kind of spotlight thing they do. I figure a reading sounds less stressful than other options, but even so, I can totally picture this happening.

 

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I see all the excited people posting about how they can’t wait to see all their GRL friends again.

Again.

I’ll have enough trouble figuring out how to join in with other newbies, let alone already established groups.

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The whole point of attending GRL is to network with fellow authors and attract new readers. Will the cost/benefit ratio of this venture be worth it when the risk of me being this guy is so high?

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(I got this image from a Huffington Post article.)

Being shy is not the same as being introverted. In my case, though, I’m both.

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I’ve seen this image around a lot but nabbed it off the comments section of that BuzzFeed article. This is my best hope (other than and being über-prepared, ’cause that’s how I roll)—linking up with other introverts or shy/introverts so I don’t feel completely lost, yet am not overwhelmed.

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Blog Tour! A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove #EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT #GIVEAWAY

Title:  A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Publisher:  NineStar Press – SunFire Imprint
Release Date: March 20
Heat Level: 1 – No Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 62200
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, NineStar Press, LGBT, gay, bisexual, romance, young adult, contemporary, paranormal, coming of age, ghosts, family drama, high school, bullying

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Flash Fiction Friday – Prompt Word Ficlet – March 17, 2017

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This week I’m using 15 random prompt words for my Flash Fiction Friday story scene. I got one word (hamburger) from the comments of last week’s post, and 14 words (screw – conduct – degree – square – print – clever – existence – boot – famous – crack – hungry – hands – ignite – stiff) from a random word generator (screenshot below).

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This week I wrote another random standalone scene, unrelated to any of my existing publications or returning flash fiction characters. I think it might be my shortest non-drabble to date, coming in at only 244 words:

Screw that,” Andy said. “I’m hungry. Let’s go get some hamburgers or something before we get on any more rides.

“The line’s not going to get any shorter, you know.” Grant stood stiffly with his hands on his hips, tapping one gleaming ankle boot on the asphalt, and one eyebrow hiked up so far its very existence was in question, since it was out of sight behind his—admittedly long—side-swept bangs. Grant was famous among their circle of friends for his over-the-top theatrical conduct. “And I can’t stay late, I’ve got to get up at the ass-crack of dawn for work tomorrow. Boss-man from hell doesn’t care that today’s St. Patrick’s Day.”

“But I’m so hungry, I could…” Andy’s gaze landed on a strikingly good-looking man with green-streaked blond hair who’d just gotten into the line in question, and his attitude took a sharp one-hundred-eighty degree turn. It wasn’t a guarantee, but there was a good chance the guy was gay, wearing a shirt with rainbow lettering printed on a black square, stating, “He who is born round won’t die square.” Which was a clever Sicilian proverb meaning people don’t change their fundamental nature. So, yeah, the rainbow lettering was a clue. “Actually, come on. Like you said, it’s not getting any shorter.”

Grant’s eyes about popped out of his head. “What the hell ignited a—oh.” He turned and started walking. “Just because you saw him first does not mean you have dibs.”

Leave a prompt word in the comments, below, and I’ll use it in next week’s Flash Fiction Friday post. One word per commenter, please, up to 15 total.


If you’d like to enter a big giveaway that includes signed print copies of ’Til Death Do Us Part (which includes the short story, From This Day Forward), To Love and To Cherish, and Snapshots (my collection of eleven short stories), then hurry on over to Day 4 on the Diverse Reader week-long March Madness party: http://diversereader.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-madness-week-long-giveaway-day-4.html

 

Flashback Scenes from Sam’s POV – No. 15, Chap. 17

The flashback scenes in ’Til Death Do Us Part chronicle the time from when Henry and Sam first began their courtship through to the night before Henry leaves on his ill-fated flight. To catch up with the flashback scenes previously posted, click this link to the the category archives: https://authoraddisonalbright.com/category/til-death-do-us-part/flashback-scenes-from-sams-pov/. Additional bonus scenes can be found via the menu at the top of this page.

This series of blog posts was motivated by a comment from one of the book’s reviewers, Bethany at Rainbow Gold Reviews, who made the comment that she wished the flashback scenes had been from Sam’s POV instead of from Henry’s.


This week’s scene is from the 15th flashback in the book, found at the beginning of Chapter 17 (Note: Chapters 1 and 15 did not have flashback scenes).

This one’s short and minimalist. I didn’t go adding bonus thoughts for Sam except to replace corresponding thoughts Henry had in the original.

Sam bounced in place and smiled reflexively as Henry hurried toward baggage claim. It had been seven longs weeks since they’d seen each other—in person, anyway, not counting Skype. When he arrived at the empty luggage carousel, Henry tapped his foot and stared at the backs of the people in front of him.

Clearly, he hadn’t noticed Sam waiting. Sam snuck up behind him and took a deep breath of Henry’s scent before murmuring, “How was Greenland?”

Henry jumped, but his smile was wide when he spun and threw his arms around Sam’s waist.

“Damn, I missed you!” he said. “And the answer to your question is ‘cold.’ So how was India?”

“Hot.”

Henry tightened his arms, giving Sam a big squeeze. “Much as I appreciated being able to see and talk to you every day, thanks to modern technology, nothing quite beats getting a big hug from you in person.”

“Nothing? At all?”

Henry smirked. “Well, I’ll think about it on the drive home and let you know if I come up with any ideas.”

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Treadmill Week 14 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals (the only exception to this is Saturday nights, if I want to finish off a book so I can start a fresh on for the new week)

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Starting with the Unexpected by Andi Van

starting-with-the-unexpected My favorite lines this week:

  • SUNDAY: “I just got dumped,” I told him. “By a girl. Apparently I cheated on her with her sister.”
  • MONDAY: “I’m not pacing,” I said, pacing the length of the living room toward the kitchen. “I’m just making sure you haven’t left any of your nasty hetero porn out. Wouldn’t want to traumatize him.”
  • TUESDAY: “Stay still,” he told me. He had that look on his face that I recognized as trying to look calm while panicking inside. My mom had that look on her face a lot while I was in high school.
  • WEDNESDAY: “Did you warn Marcus that your mom will love him and hug him and feed him and call him George?”
  • THURSDAY: The sigh of relief I let out was probably over-the-top, considering it made Marcus laugh, but I just let us lean against each other as I wrapped my arms around his waist. “Thank you.”
  • FRIDAY: “I’ll go with you,” I said. I got up from the floor and offered him a hand up. “Dad’s built like a brick wall, but I promise he won’t eat you. His doctor made him lay off of devouring the innocent because they’re full of cholesterol.”
  • SATURDAY: He stood up and sauntered across the space, the cotton candy in his hand. When he got up next to me, he held it up, and eyed it and then my hair. “Yeah. It matches.”

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Week 14: February 19, 2017 – February 25, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:15 min:sec 1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  33:33 min:sec  1.1 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:08 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  33:13 min:sec  1.1 miles
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:19 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  30:23 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  33:30 min:sec  1.1 miles

#RainbowSnippets Jan. 28, 2017 – Now and Forever

I’ve joined the Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook. From their description: “Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).” Pretty cool, eh? Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page and/or my Facebook profile while you’re over there checking out this fantastic group!

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This week I’m snipping from another one of the short stories in my upcoming “boxed set” (Snapshots). This one’s from Now and Forever, in Warren’s POV:

(Warren) broke the kiss and sucked his way down Darryl’s neck, then up to his ear. “Tell me what you want, hon. You just want my hand? You want my mouth, or…” He trailed off, figuring Darryl knew how to fill in the blank.

Darryl growled and fumbled at the fastenings of Warren’s jeans. His actions spoke for him. He wanted what was behind door number three.

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Darryl and Warren have been together twelve years, when their home state of California legalizes same sex marriages. Darryl figures Warren should plan the wedding reception, but they disagree on how much party is too much. Darryl bites his tongue and gives Warren free rein, although he really wants something small and cozy. Will Warren be able to give Darryl what he needs?

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Now and Forever first made its appearance as a Torquere Charity Wedding Sip on September 13, 2008, then reappeared as a self-published single on January 25, 2010. I took it (and the rest of my older works) down in the latter half of last year for a thorough overhaul.

Now and Forever will be included in a boxed set of all my short stories titled Snapshots, to be released at JMS Books, LLC on February 25, 2017. One story from the set, King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate, will be released as a free single on February 18, 2017.

In the Spotlight! People Fish by Medella Kingston – *Exclusive Excerpt* #giveaway

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Title:  PeopleFish
Author: Medella Kingston
Publisher:  NineStar Press
Release Date: January 23rd
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Female/Female
Length: 118000
Genre: Romance, lesbian, bisexual, paranormal, Addiction, psychic ability, romance

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Treadmill Week 8 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals:

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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What I #amreading: Whyborne and Grifscreen-shot-2017-01-07-at-7-59-21-pmfin Book 3: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

  • SUNDAY:  “Clearly, it failed,” I snapped back. As his expression and manner grew more heated, mine went cold, the first flush of anger giving way to long-held rage. “And as for Stanford, you speak of his inner fortitude, as if agreeing with your every opinion was proof of his strength of character. Mindlessly parroting back what someone wants to hear, for no other reason that they wish to hear it, isn’t strength, Father. Quite the opposite.” – 😯 Woot! Whyborne telling off his father.
  • MONDAY: “You are a dreadful liar. Or you don’t fully appreciate Griffin’s devious nature.” – Christine talking to Whyborne.
  • TUESDAY:  “This is a terrible idea,” I said as I shut the door behind us. – I think we can all agree with Whyborne, here. 😟
  • WEDNESDAY: He gave me a rueful grin. “Well…whatever else I may think of your researches, as you call them, you did cut a rather commanding figure a moment ago. I find myself regretting we must act in haste.” – Griffin speaking to Whyborne.
  • THURSDAY:  “Good heavens, no!” I exclaimed. Griffin muffled a snort of laughter, curse him. At least he had regained his equilibrium. even if it was at my expense. – Whyborne’s reply to a woman who asked him to kiss her.
  • FRIDAY:  “Christine!” I exclaimed. Forget the griddle; Griffin could just fry our breakfast eggs on my face.
  • SATURDAY: I swore Griffin would never find out about this. Or, good lord, Christine. – Oh, Whyborne, you should have known better than to think that.

Finished the book 💕. I’ll be starting tomorrow fresh with something different. 📚

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Week 08: January 8, 2017 – January 14, 2017

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Sunday  30 min/mile  30:35 min:sec  1 mile
Monday  30 min/mile  37:40 min:sec  1.2 miles
Tuesday  30 min/mile  30:05 min:sec  1 mile
Wednesday  30 min/mile  30:47 min:sec  1 mile
Thursday  30 min/mile  30:11 min:sec  1 mile
Friday  30 min/mile  32:00 min:sec  1 mile
Saturday  30 min/mile  40:04 min:sec  1.3 miles

 

Treadmill Day 33 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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fan-loopCurrent book: Shiny! by Amy Lane

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Something must have been socially backward about that statement, because Kenny was getting a crafty look like Will had won this argument for him. – 😏
  • He was sitting in her air-conditioned living room while the fan blasted his cooling BO all over his mom’s house, and he didn’t care. – Well he did just mow her lawn for her.
  • Cam’s rolled eyes were almost an abomination in that sincere face. – Last line of the night.

Week 05:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 29
Sunday, 18-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 30
Monday, 19-Dec.
 30 min/mile  34:14 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 31
Tuesday, 20-Dec.
 30 min/mile  43:47 min:sec  1.4 miles
Day 32
Wednesday, 21-Dec.
 30 min/mile  31:04 min:sec  1.0 mile
Day 33
Thursday, 22-Dec.
 30 min/mile  33:52 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 34
Friday, 23-Dec.
Day 35
Saturday, 24-Dec.

Treadmill Day 24 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Lay It Down by Mary Calmes

My favorite lines from today’s (and yesterday’s) reading:

  • He shrugged. “It does not matter how it looks, only how it is…” – Nice philosophy.
  • “Pot to kettle” – Thought I’d highlight this one for Nell. 😉
  • “You’re making me nauseous.” – *snort* This is Hudson talking to his brother as they discuss their respective love lives.
  • The weeks spun by, speeding up at the end to an impossible rush. It felt like the movies when the sky went from light to dark to show the passage of days. – Nice line!
  • Logic? He was throwing logic at me now? – Listen to the logic, Hudson.
  • “You see,” he said smugly, “I am perfect for you.” – Following a scene so syrupy your teeth hurt after reading it (but I’ve gotta admit I love that kind of thing), and right before the shit hits the fan (whereupon I quit for the night…gah!).

Week 04:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 22
Sunday, 11-Dec.
 30 min/mile  30:51 min:sec  1 mile
Day 23
Monday, 12-Dec.
 30 min/mile  32:07 min:sec  1 mile
Day 24
Tuesday, 13-Dec.
 30 min/mile  33:39 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 25
Wednesday, 14-Dec.
Day 26
Thursday, 15-Dec.
Day 27
Friday, 16-Dec.
Day 28
Saturday, 17-Dec.

Treadmill Challenge Day #10 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

More high drama at the other mine in today’s reading. 👍

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

    • I’m sure Whyborne didn’t mean to offend,” Griffin said quickly, cutting a sharp look at me.
      Actually, I rather did, but I kept my mouth shut.
      – LOL. Oh, Whyborne, I’m pretty sure they know you did whether you admit it or not. 😉
    • “Oh dear lord,” Christine muttered, rolling her eyes. “I beg you, spare us any melodrama, and focus on the task at hand...” – Much as I love the Whyborne and Griffin characters, if pressed to name my favorite character, at this point I’d have to say it was Christine.
    • This was why I preferred not to leave Widdershins. I was no good in this savage wilderness, full of bugs and caves and trees. I was meant for gambrel-roofed houses, and sidewalks, and omnibuses to take me where I needed to go. – I’m going to second Whyborne on this one.
    • It was probably just a bear. Dear heavens, let it just be a bear.” – Heh, I’m pretty sure it won’t be a bear.
    • “Er, should we…summon someone?” I suggested weakly. – I imagine that would be a good idea… 👀⚰‼️ (My final sentence of today’s reading)

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
 30 min/mile  33.10 min:sec  1.1 miles
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
 30 min/mile  36.50 min:sec  1.2 miles
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.

Treadmill Challenge Day 08 & What I #amreading

Treadmill Goals (for now):

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book, which I won’t allow myself to read outside of my treadmill time, hopefully motivating me to reach or exceed the above goals

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Note: My daily #amreading updates may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

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I cut myself off after the bare minimum today because I was at a good stopping place in the story. The drama is starting to unfold, and Whyborne is about to visit the mine with Elliot.

Current book: Whyborne and Griffin Book 2 – Threshold – by Jordan L. Hawk

My favorite lines from today’s reading:

  • Now they both looked at me pityingly. Apparently, I once again demonstrated I had no idea how the world actually worked. – I think prefer Whyborne’s naive vision of the world to reality.
  • The other two, however, I knew all too well. They were the thieves who had attacked me in Widdershins and stolen the black stone. – Ah, the plot thickens.
  • If I’d known this was whom I was no doubt being compared to, I would have insisted on making love only in the dark. Or never worked up the courage to take off my clothes in the first place. – Good thing Whyborne didn’t know in advance!

Week 02:

DAY PACE TIME DISTANCE
Day 08
Sunday, 27-Nov.
 30 min/mile  30:17 min:sec  1 mile
Day 09
Monday, 28-Nov.
Day 10
Tuesday, 29-Nov.
Day 11
Wednesday, 30-Nov.
Day 12
Thursday, 1-Dec.
Day 13
Friday, 2-Dec.
Day 14
Saturday, 3-Dec.