Be still, my pounding, leaping, A-fib heart (November Editing Project)

As I go along, I've realized there are two components to my editing: the editing of the work and the editing of my mindset. At first I was going to log the needed changes, but I quickly saw that that would be a novel unto itself. To sum up what I've done so far—my first … Continue reading Be still, my pounding, leaping, A-fib heart (November Editing Project)

Ch 30. High School Ritual: Epilogue (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Once we got home, Natalie told me everything I missed. The rest of it I pieced together myself. Sadly, I couldn’t tell her about my own adventures, because I don’t have the ability to do so in this dimension. I must say, … Continue reading Ch 30. High School Ritual: Epilogue (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 29. High School Ritual: The Sacrifice (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. The flame steadily grew in size while Natalie, Vanessa, and Mikhail stared at it. Chadworth, on the other hand, was absorbed in scratching out some calculations in the ashes. He got up and paced back and forth. “I have been studying quantum … Continue reading Ch 29. High School Ritual: The Sacrifice (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 27. High School Ritual: Lost and Found (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Mikhail’s father paused by Mikhail's bedroom in the morning, carrying his mug of coffee in one hand and a newspaper under his other arm. The kid hadn’t even bothered to get up for school. No wonder he didn’t make it through a … Continue reading Ch 27. High School Ritual: Lost and Found (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 26. High School Ritual: Final Preparations (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Vanessa sat at her vanity table with her usual arrangement of the items required by the ritual, although she had since invested in higher quality stones and incense. She stared at herself in the mirror and brushed her hair for a moment. … Continue reading Ch 26. High School Ritual: Final Preparations (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 25. High School Ritual: Up in Flames (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Chadworth’s stepmother picked him up from the hospital in his own Corvette. He barely said hello; he only opened the driver’s side door for her to get out so he could drive. He dropped her off and sped away. With both hands … Continue reading Ch 25. High School Ritual: Up in Flames (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 24. High School Ritual: Home Sweet Home (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. When Natalie's seventy-two hour hold ended, her mother picked her up from the hospital. She handed Natalie her bag and they checked out, not without prescriptions they had no intention of filling. Natalie turned her drained face to the sun and closed … Continue reading Ch 24. High School Ritual: Home Sweet Home (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 23. High School Ritual: A Change of Plans (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Vanessa hopped across the baseball field on the foot wearing a shoe. But the shoe had a heel and she tipped over into the dirt when she bent over to pick up the other shoe. She sat on the ground and pulled … Continue reading Ch 23. High School Ritual: A Change of Plans (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 22. High School Ritual: Some Unfinished Business (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Mikhail stopped at the ballpark on his way home. Natalie hadn’t been in school since she was being held by the medical authorities, so any future plans to go back to the mall were on hold. He climbed up on the rusty … Continue reading Ch 22. High School Ritual: Some Unfinished Business (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 21. High School Ritual: 5150’d (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Natalie traced the iron lattice on the window with the tip of her index finger. Through the greasy panes, she saw that the day was as gray as the walls. Her face, devoid of all color, showed no expression. Twenty-four hours down, … Continue reading Ch 21. High School Ritual: 5150’d (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 20. High School Ritual: A Run-In (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Vanessa settled under the big blow-dryer at the hair salon and opened her magazine. She was getting a brand new hairstyle to mark a new era of her life. The she would get her nails painted and go shopping to reward herself … Continue reading Ch 20. High School Ritual: A Run-In (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 19. High School Ritual: Mall Rats (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. When the bell rang, Natalie hitched up her backpack and said to Mikhail, “We need to talk about what happened last night. But not here. Not with—” looking behind her quickly “—with her around.” They decided to go to the mall after … Continue reading Ch 19. High School Ritual: Mall Rats (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 18. High School Ritual: A Very Decent Proposal (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Chadworth straightened his books one last time and shut his door. He possessed one of the wings of his parents’ palatial estate and he had formed a plan to improve it. His father and fifth stepmother, who was only three years older … Continue reading Ch 18. High School Ritual: A Very Decent Proposal (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 17. High School Ritual: Are You Paying Attention? (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Vanessa left Chad’s place kicking herself. Why did she waste her time following Chad when she should have stalked the two losers? She wasn’t worried about the Chad situation. At first she thought that his enjoying his new life was a setback. … Continue reading Ch 17. High School Ritual: Are You Paying Attention? (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 16. High School Ritual: The Search Party (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. After Vanessa had surreptitiously followed Chad, Natalie and Mikhail remained standing outside the library. Natalie shrugged and adjusted her backpack, and Mikhail stood without moving. “Well,” Natalie said after a moment, “I guess I’m going home to study, even though I don’t … Continue reading Ch 16. High School Ritual: The Search Party (SepSceneWriMo)

Ch 15. High School Ritual: Scholarly Pursuits (SepSceneWriMo)

Four high school students encounter an evil spirit. Thoroughly cliched and hopelessly derivative. Chad sped home from the library, trying to soothe his anger. He hadn’t gotten a chance to borrow any of the books he wanted, and not only did he not get to even look at them, he now ran the risk of … Continue reading Ch 15. High School Ritual: Scholarly Pursuits (SepSceneWriMo)