Friday, July 6, 2018

Florida, Writing Lair, & Last 200 Words

It's hard to pause during summer to write about stuff, but I'll squeeze in some quick updates:

Florida: I was in Orlando, Florida last week for a conference. Clint brought the kids and we stayed in the Disney Coronado. They did all the touristy stuff while I did conferency stuff. Not an ideal vacation for me (insert pitiful woe-is-me music here), but I still did a lot of bonding with my coworkers, ate some good food, drank some great drinks, and attended at least a few sessions that reinvigorated me for the upcoming school year. Oh, and I got to go to Gatorland (and feed baby alligators!).

New Writing Lair: Aside from a few finishing touches like window trim and attic-access, my art/writing studio is finished! I have a little stereo in there now for music, cabinets with all of my drawing/painting supplies, my lounge area if I want to relax between writing sprints, my "fireplace" for cooler evenings...I even stocked it with wine for when I get writer's block (one bottle is leaning toward empty already). It's a good thing this space isn't equipped with a toilet and a fridge because at this point my belly and my bladder are the only two entities that can convince me to leave.

Driving Test: Trinity finally overcame her driving-anxiety and got her license today. It was her first time taking the test and you're allowed to miss fifteen points. She only missed one! I say this with excitement because back in the day I missed... well, let's just say a few more than one. ;)

I'm thinking this is enough updates for tonight? Here's the last 200 words for Black Lilies, chapter four. If it sounds familiar, it's because I actually posted this one in the past for reasons I can no longer remember. Anyway, it'll be the only 'last 200 words' that repeats.

 "I’ll tell you my name as soon as you tell me who you are, and what’s going on.” I crossed my arms and stepped back in a show of defiance. The assignment that was crumpled in my hand fell over my fingertips onto the linoleum floor. Moving quickly, I reached down to pick it up.
 “I’ve seen this stationery before” he said, leaning forward to look at my paper.
 “It’s not stationery, it’s just my assignment. It’s what I’m supposed to be working on right now, but I’ll get an ‘F’ now because of your impromptu performance of the Star Spangled Banner.”
 He squinted his eyes, examining it closer. “Let me see that.”
 Why would he want my paper? There was barely anything written on it. I shrugged. “Here.”
 I tried to hand it to him, but he didn’t move to take it. Instead, he tilted his head, as if trying to get a better view. He mouth gaped open before he quickly snapped it shut. His body seemed to freeze. “I know this writing.” He jerked back, his fists clenched at his side. “Tell me your name, clever girl.”
 I stood silent.
 “It’s you, isn’t it? You’re Aviva.”
 My mouth fell open, and he disappeared.

(206 words)


  1. Baby alligators!! ^_^
    And that writing lair!!! I love your desk! And that typewriter gives me all the life. ^_^

    Yeah, so I may have failed my first driving test after I pulled off a ramp and onto the wrong side of the road. >.< The driving instructor was quite ready to get out of the car after that. (understatement) Bless them.

    I need a meme of a cat pressed against your office window with a caption that reads "waiting for Black Lilies like O.O"

    1. Haha Krystal! I *may* have failed my driver's test when I cut off a school bus. :P Agreed, bless all driving instructors in the world.

      Your meme concept has me giggling all over. <3

  2. I kind of want one of those baby gators. I mean, how cute are they?! Also, your writing lair is adorable. It looks so cozy!! I just think your mountain house is dreamy, Jodi.

  3. Love your shed!

    Tell Trinity I'm proud of her! I didn't get my license until I was 22... Then I didn't own a car until I was 37. And I rarely drove it until I got to North Carolina.

    1. My e-mail gave me no notification of these comments Kristyn and Thomas. Is it too late to reply? *sighs*


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