News and Views: Getting More Than a Checkup

Guess what? I’m back!

Yeah, for the last few days I’ve taken some time away from the novel writing thing simply because of been too busy with things not related to novel writing. Which means I haven’t been putting out any excerpts from my novel. So is probably a welcome change from all my traveling exploits to get back into the swing of things with Annie and Kerry.

And what are those lovable scamps up to right now?

Well, if you remember, Kerry’s mom Skyped them early in the morning and tore his heart out.  Not literally, but we know how he handles rejection and abandonment, which means he’s not feeling is best at the moment.

Not only that, but first thing in the morning it was necessary for him to go and get checked out by Doctor Gallagher so that he could be cleared for racing that afternoon.  And wouldn’t you know it: that’s where we’re at right now–

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

Coraline glanced up at the monitor over the bed before turning back to give Kerry’s left shoulder, arm, and hand a final examination. “This has all healed up rather nicely.” She stripped off her rubber gloves and stuffed them into the pocket of her smock. “It’s safe to say you’re free from the possibility of secondary infection.”

Kerry glanced up to his left. “Does that mean I’m cleared to race this afternoon?”

“Absolutely means you’re cleared to race this afternoon.” Coraline gave him a questioning look. “How’s your medication holding up?”

There was no need to ask about the medication to which Coraline was referring. “I’m good through the weekend.”

“Then come see me tomorrow night and I’ll get you stocked up for the week.” Coraline glanced over at Annie, who sat on Bed #1 staring intently at Kerry, who was sitting across from her. “You can give Kerry his shirt so he can dress; I’ll step outside.” She moved out into the ward hallway and pulled the privacy curtain closed.

Annie levitated the shirt over to Kerry, never saying a word the entire time. He slipped on the shirt and regarded his soul mate for a few moments before speaking. “You haven’t said a word since I told you; please tell me what you’re thinking.”

 

You know when you’re getting the Silent Annie Treatment, nothing good is going to come up it.  So what is on Annie’s mind?

 

There was an uncomfortable few seconds of silence before Annie’s nostrils flared and she spoke in a low voice that was on the verge of trembling. “If your mother was here right now, I’m not certain I could control my actions.”

“Yeah.” Kerry looked down as he sighed. “I figured that.”

 

This is something that Louise is not learned yet, that pissing off her future daughter-in-law is not a good idea.  It’s one thing for your girlfriend to say she’s angry: it’s another thing for her to say that she is not certain she could control her actions around your mother.  And when one of those actions involves lighting Mom up like a Christmas tree with an Electrify attack, Louise Malibey is setting herself up for some real fun in the future.

And this allows Kerry to reveal a little bit more information about what it’s like living with Mommy Dearest:

 

Annie drew in a deep breath before continuing. “Your mother called this morning to tell you they want nothing to do with you this holiday. How could she do that?”

“You’d have to know my mother.”

“And why did she call so early in the morning?”

“Because Mom is a button pusher and she probably thought that if she woke me up early in the morning, I’d have all day to stew on this—which is what she really wants me to do.”

“What do you mean? Why would she want this to bother you throughout the day?”

Kerry let out several sighs before giving his thoughts. “My guess is that she wants me to be all upset today because it’s a big day and she knows I have a lot planned—”

Annie appeared puzzled. “How would she know that?”

“I sent them an email at the beginning of the month inviting them here for the races.”

“You said you weren’t going to say anything to them.”

“Yeah, well, I lied. I figured they weren’t going to come anyway so no harm. That’s how they know how important today is to me—to us.”

“I see.” Annie quickly raised and lowered her right eyebrow. “Continue with what you were saying before.”

 

Louise Malibey is a manipulative individual. We know she’s a bit of a button pusher and she’s got Kerry’s buttons mapped out pretty well.  And here we learn that she likely called early in the morning so she could guilt trip her son’s ass into begging them to allow him to somehow join them on their trip. I mean, they already know he doesn’t need to pay for airfare, and it would be an easy accommodation to have him join them on their holiday.

But it’s somewhat apparent that while Kerry may be upset, he’s not about to start begging.  He’s read his mom’s actions and he knows with what he is now dealing.  The question remains, however: will Kerry get through the day unscathed?  Is what happened this morning going to affect him later?

And most importantly, is Annie just going outright kill Louise the first time she meets her?

Well, we’re not gonna find out in this novel…

Home From the Hio

Let me tell you, this weekend has bit a lot of an adventure.

It’s no secret where I was:  I headed off to the Wilds of Ohio–specifically an area just south of Youngstown, OH–so I could watch my roller derby team take on the local team there.  I took my camera and video camera and my tripod–which I left behind at the hotel but I’m having shipped back to me–so I snapped up a lot of stuff.  A lot of that got explained in this intro video:

 

Now, we didn’t do as well as hoped.  We lost by a pretty good margin.  But they all looked good in the teams shot after:

 

 

And even better when we went out for dinner.

How do we like to party? #HARD #RollerGirl

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I discovered something about myself, too.  Since we were rooming four women to a room I had to share a queen sized bed with someone else.  They said at one point I stared swearing in my sleep.  Not talking:  swearing.  They said first I made a strange sound and then went, “Well… shit,” then mumbled a bit later and clearly said, “You motherfucker.”  Believe me, I have no idea what I was talking about, but it probably wasn’t good.  Maybe Kerry was venting his frustrations with his mother.

The thing most important was that I got to see how the game it played–something I’m learning more of as I go over game footage–and I got to hang with the team members.  And I felt as if I fit in with everyone.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had the feeling that I “fit in,” and it’s nice to see yourself not as an outsider, but as someone who may actually be part of something.  That’s something I’ve craved for a long time and it’s possible I won’t have to feel that way much longer.

This was me returning home about four hours ago as I write this:

Heading home over Sideling Hill. #HARD #RollerGirl

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Someone on my Facebook page said I look tired but happy and that’s about as accurate as one can get.  I had a great time and I can’t thank everyone enough for what I experienced.

Of course this means I’ll have to go into this in more detail, but at the moment I’m trying to figure out how to copy video to YouTube that doesn’t suffer any degradation, as I noticed when moving some up to YouTube.  As soon as I figure that out I’ll bore you with the details of the game.  What?  You didn’t think I was going to do that?  Ha!  You don’t know me, do you?

There you have it:  Cassidy’s Excellent Adventure.  And this means tomorrow I get to go back to writing–

Maybe I’ll actually get this novel finished one day.

Getting Ready to Roller

It’s a different kind of travel day for me today.  Let me tell you all about it…

 

Readjusting the Curve

I will admit that my ideas are not always the best.  Allow me to explain:

We have reached the point in the current novel where it’s become known that Kerry’s parents are heading off to Australia and New Zealand for the Christmas holiday.  As it turns out Kerry’s grandparents are going to be on a cruise from San Fran to Panama City and back, so this leaves Kerry in the position of being abandoned by his folks, who are more or less telling him to go pound sand.  Knowing Kerry’s issues with abandonment the odds are good he’s not gonna handle this situation well even if he looks tough on the outside.  Because this is how Kerry is and he’s not changing anytime soon.

But what does this do for his holiday plans?

Leave it to renxkyoko to come up with the most obvious plan:  have Annie ask her parents if Kerry can comes to Pamporovo and spend the holidays with the Family Kirilovi.  Though the parents are not yet aware–at least they don’t know everything that’s happened to these two in the last couple of years–he is the future son-in-law, so maybe getting him used to being around Annie’s folks is a good idea.

And it is a good idea–

Only…  it wasn’t my original idea.

Oh, if you haven’t figured it out:

 

See, this part of the novel was figured out years ago and I was sticking with that plan.  What I had plotted out was that Kerry was going to fall on his sword and decide to stay at school, even though it bothered Annie a great deal to leave him behind.  Sure, Kerry fixes things up with getting her a computer so they can Skype, but still:  Annie goes home and Kerry stays behind ’cause he wants her to spend time with her parents and not make being there awkward for everyone.

Now, this isn’t that big of a deal–except for one thing.  Writing about Kerry being left behind at school requires haven’t a whole chapter that’s almost all Kerry, all the time, and after a while I found that to be a bit untenable.  Yes, Kerry is getting his own chapters, but Annie’s getting one as well, so that’s nicely balanced.

But Kerry at school alone sort of bothered me.  And as time went by it bothered me even more.

So when the suggestion came that Kerry should go stay with Annie I started thinking about the possibility.  And since you probably do know me, you’re aware that I spent a few days running ideas and scenarios around my head to see what happened.  And the most thought I gave the matter, the more I came to the conclusion:

Kerry should go spend the holidays with Annie and her parents.

The simple fact is this is their story.  And, as possible, that should happen together.  And how will they handle being under the watchful eye of Mama and Papa?  What sort of shenanigans can they get up to?  What sort of public fun will they encounter?  Let’s remember, Kerry’s never seen Annie in her natural environment, so is he gonna see a completely different person than the one he knows and loves?  Just imagine the first time Kerry has to wait in her sitting room for her to come out of her bedroom.  Will he consider it natural?  Or will he think it’s a little too much for this particular rich girl?

There you go:  I adjusted by curve and changed the story.

And, I believe, it’s gonna make it a better novel.

It will certainly make it a better holiday for two kids I know–