Relaxed Friday 60

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

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Thanksgiving

Ever heard of a cornucopia of Thanksgiving wishes? A little food for thought…

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Jukebox

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

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Authors – Poets – Bloggers
We recently left Facebook and moved our social group for authors, poets, and other creative people to MeWe. We do not miss Facebook, but we do miss those who have not yet joined us on MeWe. We hope to reunite soon.

Private group for authors: https://mewe.com/join/cleanwip
Public page for readers and authors both: https://mewe.com/p/cleanwipmagazine
Friends with the owner: https://mewe.com/i/chinnici

Delight

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

Photo by Gerd Altmann

Berry

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

Photo by Neeme Katt (slightly altered for this article)

Bread

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

Photo by Hans Braxmeier

Relaxed Friday 59

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

Photo by Tim Hill

In Case You Missed Us
(We missed you too. Welcome back.)
The CleanWIP Magazine group for authors, poets, and other creative people has a new home on MeWe as well as a public page where we can share news and all sorts of fun things with the readers. We apologize to anyone who didn’t catch the advance notice of the move. Incidentally, Facebook’s concept of prioritizing content Facebook deems important played a large part in our difficult decision to make the move. Though the move has been a great deal of work and we dearly miss those who have yet to find us on the new-to-us platform, we’re quite excited about the considerable uptick in visitors and interactions now that fans of CleanWIP Magazine are allowed to directly decide for themselves regarding the importance of our message.

Overcome

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

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Discuss

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

Photo by Andrew Martin

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
The two women glared at each other across the table. After a moment, Ellie wrapped her hands around her coffee. There was nothing pensive about her look anymore. She stared at June with laser focus. “Well. I have something to discuss with you.”

June was intrigued.

~ Earl Chinnici ~
I began writing as I stopped smoking tobacco cigarettes gradually. When I published a memoir about two and a half years after I quit, I included most of the hand-written notes from my composition book in a raw, nearly unedited form to help convey the experience to readers who might be looking to break free as well. Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout for 2020 and I’ve been offering Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You as a Kindle Free Book Deal several days this week to help encourage those who might be joining in. Readers can add it to their libraries free until midnight Pacific Time tomorrow.

Here’s one entry from the journal portion of the book…

9:47 AM – I smoked this cigarette after discussing smoking on the phone for about twenty minutes with a close friend. A few minutes prior to lighting this one, I noticed the pain in my ankle seemed to go downhill gradually and yet rather quickly. I suspect that this is most likely due to an increased heart rate from the anticipation of getting my next “fix.”

Thunderclap

(a parody by Earl Chinnici)

Photo by David Mark

Anyone remember the crowdspeaking app Thunderclap that allowed people to have social media users agree to send out a specific tweet or post at a specific time to help make a thing go viral? My timing was off on this one though. Very soon after I created this, Facebook blocked apps such as Thunderclap from posting and Thunderclap announced its imminent closing. Perhaps we can file this parody under nostalgia.

(awesome instrumental)

ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

Thunder!

Thunder!

Thunder!

Thunder!

I was tagged…
In the middle of a Facebook post
(Thunder!)

Once I clicked…
Well, I knew there was no turning back
(Thunder!)

What’d they want?
What did they want me to do?
(Thunder!)

An event!
And… “we need help… yeah… more help from you.”
(Thunder!)

Click on the link…
Agree to the post…
Accept all the terms…
“We’ll do the rest.”

We’ll all Thunderclap!

We’ll send this post out…
Many people, at the same time.

Even in Texas, yeah Texas
Yeah, we’ll have some fun.

We’ll send it to girls
Boys and everyone else…
Send it to bots, send it to tots…
Yeah, yeah, we’ll… we’ll… tell everyone.

Social media alerts
Thunderous support…
Now won’t you be real kind?
We’ll all…
Thunderclap!

Thunderclap!
Yeah yeah yeah, Thunderclap!
Ooh…
Thunderclap!
Yeah..

Social media alerts…
Yeah, thunderous support…

(awesome instrumental)

ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah

Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!

Yeah, yeah, yeah
I said yeah!
It’s all right!
Yeah!
It’ll be fine!

Yeah! It’s all right!
Yeah! It’ll be fine, fine, fine!
Thunderclap!
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Thunderclap!

Thunderclap!
(Thunderclap!)
Woo hoo, yeah…
(Thunderclap!)
We’ll all Thunderclap!
ah ah ah ah ah ah
Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!
We’ll all Thunder…clap!

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

Hike

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

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Habit

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

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Reflect

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

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Relaxed Friday 58

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

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While

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

Photo by Silvian Coconeanu (cropped for this article)

Liberty

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

Photo by Tom Kranz

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(a few lines from the opening chapter of one of one of my current works-in-progess)
Now, we’re inseparable. When one of us has a rough day, the rest do everything possible to lift our comrade’s spirits. We lost the illusion of security we had always known, but we refuse to succumb to the anguish and the nightmares. There’s no time for it. We have lives to live—and a story to tell.
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.

Do

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

Photo by Marijana

Dark

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

Photo by Okan Caliskan

Bright

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

Photo by Tim Hill

Nobody lights a candle for it to be tucked away and hidden. No. A candle is placed where it provides light to everyone near it. Be like a bright candle to everyone near you. Be a person who encourages, loves, helps…

Relaxed Friday 57

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

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Dinner

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

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Candy

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

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Earl Chinnici ~
From my first published book, Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You, which will be featured as a Kindle Free Book Deal on the days leading up to this year’s Great American Smokeout (November 19, 2020).
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It took me a few months to grasp what was going on here. I was unwittingly using hard candies as a substitute for the sugar I had been ingesting through cigarettes in a manner very similar to how I used nicotine patches to wean off nicotine. If I would have understood this at first, it is possible I might have been able to regulate my usage of candy and used it as more of a tool than a new addiction. Instead, I eventually realized that these small hard candies had become a very large problem for me.
I then attempted to wean myself off the hard candies, but when it seemed it was going to be nearly impossible to do it this way, I decided to stop buying those candies altogether. I am sure I used more sugar in my coffee over the next few days than I normally would have, but I seem to have eventually reached a manageable level.

Anyone

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

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~ Earl Chinnici ~
From my first published book, Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You, which will be featured as a Kindle Free Book Deal on the days leading up to this year’s Great American Smokeout (November 19, 2020).
As the nicotine levels in my body decreased, I would sometimes feel very strongly that I could quit smoking. Obviously, this was one of those moments. Other times, I imagined that it would be nice to smoke only three or four cigarettes per day and to smoke a cigarette only whenever I made a conscious choice to do so. Remember, I had inhaled poison for more than a quarter of a century. It should not surprise anyone that I was at times nervous and uncertain.

Direct

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

Photo by Günther Schneider

Brush

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

Photo by Aida KHubaeva

Relaxed Friday 56

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

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Stroke

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

Photo by Earl Chinnici

Respond

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

Photo by Earl Chinnici

Escape

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

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Crime

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

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Vision

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

Watercolor by Evren Ozdemir

Relaxed Friday 55

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

Photo by Rene Rauschenberger

We’re a day late seeing this, so don’t wait until tomorrow. Get it now.

Scratch

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

Photo by Daga Roszkowska

Thrill

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

Photo by Frank Winkler

Life

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

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~ Laurean Brooks ~
Once upon a Trick-or-Treat. Click this link to enjoy a hilarious Halloween adventure via Smart Girls Read Romance. A gorilla mask and a scary old man made this night memorable.

Background

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

Photo by Quang Nguyen vinh

Face

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

Photo by Ian Lindsay

Relaxed Friday 54

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

Photo by Larisa Koshkina

In case you missed it…

Cane

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

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On our THEMES page, we post new themes each Thursday for the week ahead Sometimes this occurs before sundown. We post these chronologically descending to prevent the need to scroll through the many past themes to find the current and approaching themes.
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Thursday, October 22: SCRATCH
Wednesday, October 21: THRILL
Tuesday, October 20: LIFE
Monday, October 19: BACKGROUND
Sunday, October 18, 2020: FACE

Second Chance in Summit County Word Search

Second Chance in Summit County is the first book in the Summit County series by Katherine Karrol. This word search puzzle is made possible by a special collaboration with the author. There’s no way we can do this contemporary Christian romance justice by trying to describe it here so be sure to check out the book’s blurb on Amazon by clicking its title or series link 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.

Summit County
Welcome to Hideaway
Shoreside Inn
Apple Pie
Autumn leaves
Tea Party
Handyman
Bellows Vineyard
Tree trimming party
Sunset
Joe
Emily
Lily
Life after loss
Single father
Widowed
Thanksgiving
Christmas shopping
Evelyn
Burst pipe
Remodeling
Home improvement
Second chance
Lake Michigan

Connect with the author: Katherine Karrol

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherinekarrolauthor
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/katherine-karrol
Instagram: https://instagram.com/katherinekarrol

Bring

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

Photo by Michael Gottwald

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Hugh grunted. Henri glanced up at the brown-haired former prince of Galilee. His was not a face that hid his annoyance well. His hawk nose lent him a fierce look that marched his piercing blue eyes. “My lord, I was born in those hills. I know the land. If the Germans meet no resistance, they will for certes find themselves riding down into lands patrolled by Muslim riders. We must ride out after them before they succeed in their raid. Perhaps, we can bring them back before they endanger the peace.”

~ Earl Chinnici ~
My words were not as well-received as I’d hoped. “You must be out of your mind, Jenny. You think I should apologize after the way that country-clubbing jerk treated me? Whose side are you on anyway? I should have known you’d bring up my temper again. You never let things be. Most people put in their two cents, but you always manage to donate a dollar.”
I nearly lost it then and there, but managed to recall the second chapter of my first book where I wrote about my “Live Happy This Second” theory and I replied with every bit of stoicism I could muster. “That’s not very nice, Charlie. If you didn’t want my opinion, you shouldn’t have asked.”

Train

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

Photo by Liselotte Brunner

Kick

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

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Earl Chinnici ~
Many people kick the habit and addiction of “Tobacco Cigarettes” each year and a lot of those people choose the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout as their quit date.
Planning ahead has been proven to greatly increase the rate of success—which is one reason I’m mentioning this today. There’s plenty of information online on this topic and I will offer the book I wrote as I quit gradually as a Kindle Free Book Deal during the days leading up to the smokeout which this year will be held November 19.

Full

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

Photo by Myriam Zilles

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Isabella wore only a thin chemise, but the heat of the candles brought beads of sweat to her brow. She swooned a little, but tightened her grasp on the beads. A pain lanced through her back. Nothing uncommon with this child. “Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum…” she said, wincing, mouthing the words of the prayer in a murmur. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee…

Relaxed Friday 53

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

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Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Isabella woke with a gasp and a cry. Sweat matted her hair to her brow; it dampened her chemise as well as the sheets and pillow. Her hands trembled. She had dreamed of Henri, a terrible dream that shook her with fear even as it began to fade from her memory. She remembered only the glint of knife.

Touch

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

Photo by Valeriia Miller

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Ernoul stumbled to his knees, weak with exhaustion. His element of surprise had failed him. Ismail stormed closer and batted Ernoul’s sword from his hand. It flew spinning to fall on the stone flagging and slid to rattling stop some distance away. The light of the blade faded without his touch.

Mark

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

Photo by Paul Brennan

~ Earl Chinnici ~
I began writing as I quit smoking “Tobacco Cigarettes” gradually. Here are a couple paragraphs from a chapter of the book I eventually published (MAYBE…) called Tips, Tricks, and Dramatic Visualizations.
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Make lists. For example, you might list things you could buy with the amount of money you usually spend on a couple of cartons. You could make a list of reasons you would like to weaken your addiction or entirely break the habit. Maybe you could list your triggers and then plan ways to respond without cigarettes the next time you encounter each trigger.

Perhaps one of the most beneficial lists you could make would be a long list of substitutes and diversions that you believe might work for you. Do not be afraid to add something to the list that you are not sure would work. You can always mark a substitute or diversion off later if you find it does not work well for you.

Hat

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

Photo by Eduardo Aquino

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades… (helmet for hat)
She looked out from a helmet eyes that others saw as fierce and green and set within a wide face weathered from years of long exposure to the sun of Outremer and whiskered from a long day at its post. She grunted as the other soldiers did and laughed at the serjeant’s jest as he dismissed them. Warm ale awaited most of them once they were off duty. She begged off this time; she had other duties to attend that did not require her guise as a soldier of the king’s guard.

Coin

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

Photo by Gerd Altmann

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy…
“Peace is gift enough, my lord Levon,” Henri said. His eyes lifted to the bright blue skies and the hawks overhead. One of the hawks plummeted through the air like a falling arrow toward its prey. “I would rather look forward to good relations between our peoples in the near future.”
“Still, I would have you blessed with a gift for your efforts,” Prince Levon said. “I thought perhaps ten thousand gold pieces would be appropriate.”
Henry’s gaze swung down toward the prince. “Ten thousand?” He shook his head. “I cannot accept such an extravagant gift, my lord. It might be perceived as payment to work the truce to your favor.”

From the Book of Luke
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find {it}? And when she hath found {it}, she calleth {her} friends and {her} neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. (KJV, Luke 15:8-10)

Smile

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

Photo by Silviu Georgescu

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of an historical fantasy…
He stared sidelong at her. A smile played across the handsome dark features of his face. He backed away through the columns toward the outer door of the Dome and disappeared into the darkness of the night.
His voice came back to her, echoing in the octagonal hall of the Qubbat al-Sakhra. I am the chosen one, my dear Mariamne. The beginning and end of all things in heaven, and earth, and under the earth. I am the Great Power…

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(from a WIP with a female author/mechanic/hero protagonist—book’s title not yet public)
One day while I was working and the bosses were off having lunch, a handsome young man pulled up to one of the open bay doors. I recognized the parking decal in the windshield immediately; we attended the same college. I also recognized a sound coming from his truck indicating the engine wasn’t firing on all eight cylinders. In the engine repair business, we commonly refer to this telltale noise as a “miss” or we’ll say it is “missing on one of the cylinders,” so I didn’t give it a second thought as I welcomed him with a smile and said “Something seems to be missing.”
“Not any more,” he replied with a slow side-to-side shaking of his head as though he had discovered one of the universe’s best-kept secrets. “Not any more.”