Fit

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Fit. [More info]

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Such A Pain

By Earl Chinnici

(Sometimes I write parodies.)

Photo by Trina Snow (cropped for this article)

I walked into the kitchen
like I was walking off last night’s drunk.
The cat strategically tripped me with her paw.
The dishwater really stunk.

I had one eye out of focus, and
the other on the cat.
And, all the while I dreamed of two cups of coffee…
TWO CUPS OF COFFEE, AND…

Such a pain.
Guess I’ll have to brew another pot.
Such a pain!
I bet you think I’m making this all up!
All up!
I’m not!

Oh, I’d started pouring very slow…
as I said, half asleep
Well, I said like walking off last night’s drunk.
But I was really just half asleep.

But any ol’ way, there the thing was.
And staring back at me.
I screamed aloud at the fly in my coffee.
FLY IN MY COFFEE, AND…

Such a pain.
Guess I’ll have to brew another pot.
Such a pain!
I bet you think I’m making this all up!
All up!
I’m not!
I’m not!

(decent instrumental)

I screamed aloud at the fly in my coffee…
FLY IN MY COFFEE, AND…

(repeat chorus)

(repeat some other stuff)

(another great instrumental)

(repeat chorus again)

(fade)

Connect with the author: Earl Chinnici

Website: https://CleanWIP.com
MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/chinnici
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Earl-Chinnici/e/B00L894LL6

Coffee

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Coffee. [More info]

Photo by Jill Wellington

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP The Gambit Queen, an historical fantasy…
(Kaffé is Arabic for coffee.)
“Doubtful, my lord,” Al-Adil said, sitting back on his heels.
Yusuf made an offer of káffe and watched as his brother imbibed of the bitter drink. “The Ifranj seem content to sit outside the walls of Akka until the Last Day. A month ago, perhaps, we might have had some hope, but now… now they grow only bolder in their attacks.”

Let’s peek inside Love’s Full Circle by Cherry Christensen:
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“I’ll get a fresh pot of coffee brewing. Do you still take yours with cream and two sugar cubes?”
The white stoneware plates rattled in his hands. “I can’t believe you remembered. I would have thought you had forgotten everything about me, about us.”
Kayden shrugged and poured batter into a waffle iron as the coffee percolated. “Some things you can’t forget.”

Neighbor

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Neighbor. [More info]

Photo by Mauro Pérez

Daughter

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Daughter. [More info]

Photo of a father and his daughter by Kadres

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy…
Isabella soothed her daughter’s lusty cry with the the tip of her smallest finger. Alix needed fed and put to bed, but she wanted just a little bit more time with her. The affairs of state in Henri’s absence kept her busy all day. She had only the night to enjoy her children. She made a face at Alix, smiling, and kissed her small nose. The baby suckled on her finger, her bright gray eyes staring up at her from beneath a downy show of dark hair.

Broken But Not Dead

(a poem by Earl Chinnici)

Photo by Curt Cornum

how long has it been
since i saw your pretty face
we were grown children

and you went your way
i suppose i went mine too
it seems both are true

but now i’m broken
many decisions do haunt
this body and mind

broken but not dead
a peculiar state i’m in
and time passes by

unable to ask
these questions upon my mind
will you be afraid

if only you knew
how much i think about you
would you run away

or would you reply
that i’m also on your mind
and that scares you too

would you tell me then
that you’re also quite broken
but hide it so well

your kindness a front
and the smile on your face
who could ever know

years have passed us by
a peculiar state we’re in
strange to see you here

i yearn to touch you
to hold your hand as we walk
any place or time

maybe it’s silly
or maybe we always knew
we would meet again

broken but not dead

Connect with the author: Earl Chinnici

Website: https://CleanWIP.com
MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/chinnici
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Earl-Chinnici/e/B00L894LL6

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Rest

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Rest. [More info]

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In case you missed it…

Reluctantly Yours Word Search

Reluctantly Yours is the first book in the Granny Pact series by Jessica Marie Holt. This word search puzzle is made possible by a special collaboration with the author. There’s no way we can do this romantic comedy justice by trying to describe it here so be sure to check out the book’s blurb on Amazon by clicking its title above.

To view the pieces of the puzzle in a different tab or window for printing, just remember to close the new tabs or windows to return here. The puzzle and (MAJOR SPOILER) answer key are JPG images. The list is also available as a text document. You may print these for personal or educational use only. Any other use requires prior written consent of the author.

Grannies
Grandchildren
Pie
Gran
Nana
June
Ellie
Neighbors
Small town
Matchmakers
Meddling
Grandpa Henry
Tidbit the cat
Skittles
Shady Oaks
Roller coaster
Veterinarian
Coffee
Spill the Beans
Snickerdoodles
Second chances
Friendship
True love
Happy ever after

Connect with the author: Jessica Marie Holt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/everywordmatters
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jessica06311722
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Marie-Holt/e/B07B6SGN7Q

Snack

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Snack. [More info]

Photo by Brooke Lark

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(from Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You)
I was not yet certain I would actually write this book about my journey to overcome cigarette addiction, although the thought had crossed my mind a few times. I mainly wanted a couple of photos of this vent as a personal reminder that I did not want to subject my home, my lungs, and the rest of my body to that mess again. I also wanted to share the pictures with a few close friends. I did not realize until much later that the resolution of the photos of this disgusting air vent would be important. I also did not consider being a subject of any of these photos. You can rest assured that if I had known ahead of time I would pose for a photo, I would have changed out of my comical cartoon nightshirt and my snack food baseball cap.

Register

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Register. [More info]

Photo by Brianna

Cookie

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Cookie. [More info]

Photo by Cindy Fernandez

Create

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is Create. [More info]

Photo by Lubos Houska

Relaxed Friday 50

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Photo by Kordula Vahle

House

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is House. [More info]

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~ Earl Chinnici ~
(from the opening chapter of one of my works-in-progress)
We didn’t set out to be heroes, but heroes we became. I’m sure you’ve seen our faces on billboards and subway walls. We’re uncanny symbols of America’s determination and resilience. Some people claim we’re not human; some claim we’re not real. We want you to know we are. We do have feelings.
The entire world has heard the sanitized version of that fateful day and how our actions saved millions, but due to matters of national security, the president urged us to wait a year before opening up to the media. On the White House lawn, he commended us for our bravery; in the Oval Office, he thanked us for our silence.
So much remains untold, but through this symphonic memoir, we hope to answer many of the remaining questions. We hope to silence a couple vicious rumors too.

Link

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Link. [More info]

Photo by Hans Braxmeier

~ Laurean Brooks ~
Check out the LINK to my Amazon author page if you like romance with convoluted plots, quirky characters, and predicaments that will have you scratching your head. https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SBXMVL4

Storm

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Storm. [More info]

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Nature

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Nature. [More info]

Photo by Noel Bauza

Raise

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Raise. [More info]

Photo by Mabel Amber

Relaxed Friday 49

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Swap

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Swap. [More info]

Photo by Chris Spencer-Payne

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(from a WIP, the name not yet for public consumption)
Charlie helped hold me together when Mom died and I knew he’d also hold me to my promise that I’d use a fair chunk of the money from the insurance policy she’d “fed for the past thirty years” toward an elaborate signing event within six months of publishing Live Happy Or Die Trying.
“Take it into the city,” she’d urged.
So I did. I planned a great book signing right in the heart of Atlanta.
Thirty days before the signing, I was to spend two hours with Rachel Sparks of the Write Connections morning show at Barnesville’s local radio and television station, WBRN. I’d talk with fans who called in and asked questions. At a semi-random moment of the show, primarily determined by a computer, a light on the studio’s soundboard would glow to signify the next two callers win a special prize—a luxurious evening of food and fun after the book signing for them and their dates with me and Charlie.
As part of the deal I had with the station, I received a copy of the audio from the show to use in marketing the book. I’d intended to use sound clips in commercials and have an edited version of the entire show playing softly at the signing until everyone was seated.
Since the doors to the signing were to open at 7:00 in the evening, I’d offer finger foods as they arrived. When the replay of the radio event finished, I’d read ten paragraphs my early fans had voted favorites, followed by a heartfelt talk about the secrets of living happily or as Mom put it, “Live happy, dear. Live happy or die trying.”

Quirk

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Quirk. [More info]

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Look

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Look. [More info]

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Grateful

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Grateful. [More info]

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Read

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Read. [More info]

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Relaxed Friday 48

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Bowl

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Bowl. [More info]

Photo by Barbara Rosner

Announced Themes
Themes have been selected for next week. We try to have these selected and posted to our Themes page each Thursday.
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Thursday, September 10: SWAP
Wednesday, September 9: QUIRK
Tuesday, September 8: LOOK
Monday, September 7: GRATEFUL
Sunday, September 6, 2020: READ
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History

History is today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration. [More info]

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Prevent

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Prevent. [More info]

Photo by Silvia