Going into the Stretch

Allow me to set the scene:  A door opens on a darkened room, the sounds of crickets chirping fill your ears.  Back in the far corner, behind assorted clutter and collected oddities (yes, that’s a Cat in the Hat hat on top of a gargoyle — don’t judge) you glimpse a faint light.  As you draw closer you hear a noise few will recall — the sound of a phonograph needle stuck at the end of an album — kktcchhhht kktcchhht  kktcchhhht.  You creap closer.  There, huddled over an upturned crate with nothing but a cheap desk lamp for illumination, sits a woman, one hand clenched around a coffee mug, the other scribbling furiously with a red pen.  She’s muttering to herself.  As you watch she cackles — hysteria bordering on madness.  She never even knows you’re there, and you back away slowly so as not to disturb her.

Yep, that’s me.  Broken record.  In the corner.  Same ol’ story.  BUT I am on the  <ta, ta, ta, da!> final three chapters.  BesidestheoneIhavetoaddbecauseIdon’tlikethewayIendedthings.  *cough*  What?  Did you say something?  Didn’t think so.

Moving on . . . I realize I’m absent from most of the social networking fronts.  Between the WIP and the fact that warmer weather has finally arrived and I can be outside pursuing other things I enjoy, well, eats up the time pretty quickly.   But, I am still here.  I am still fighting the fight.  And, hopefully, soon, you’ll hear something different from me.

I did find time to join in on Krista Walsh’s project, Greylands.  I believe my addition will be posted Monday at The Raven’s Quill.  It was a nice little break from the WIP.  And I haven’t forgotten I promised to post bits of another project I occasionally dabble at for those of you who want to read some of what I spend my free time at.  But we’re heading out of town Friday so it’s very likely you won’t hear from me again until next week.

Still ROWing — at least for another week.  🙂

Write on!


8 responses

  1. A geniusly set scene, Kathi. Seems to me that madness suits you 🙂 And whoo! to your Greylands submission! It really is a great piece of work – even more impressive since you have so much else going on. It means a lot that you took the time/found the inspiration to add something.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:39 am

    • Mwahahahahahahahah Mad? Me? A fine line, that between genius and madness. ;p Can’t wait to see what Greylands develops into.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  2. Very creepy scene, but well drawn. I didn’t catch any lingering odors, but a faint whiff of wet dog might’ve rounded things out. Madness can be such a subtle mix. Were there any pins stuck in the Cat in the Hat? Perhaps a sticky note with something written in tomato soup? Home stretch, girl.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

    • Dang. Forgot the odor of dusty books and the lingering scent of dark, red wine.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

  3. Ditto on the spring fever! I think a lot of writers are suffering from that just now. I know I am!

    March 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    • We’ve had such a mild winter, a short mud season (knock on wood), and now 60’s and 70’s. So hard to concentrate on inside things.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  4. I’m staying strong despite having a huge case of spring/new shiny books to read/omg moving in a month fever! 🙂 Good luck on those final three chapters.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    • That moving in a month — that’s a biggie! Good luck with that, and stay sane!

      March 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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