Relaxed Friday 53

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

Photo by Brin Weins

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]

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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.”

Relaxed Friday 52

It’s our fifty-second Relaxed Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

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Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, and historical fantasy… Wrote this today…
The massive stone walls of Masyaf loomed against the dark spring night; two towers crowded a long, narrow stairway that ascended into darkness. Ernoul called up a ball of bluish-white handfire and drew his sword. The slender ancient blade of silver glowed with a similar light…

~ Earl Chinnici ~
Many people join in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout each November. If this is something you’re considering, planning ahead can greatly increase your probability of quitting forever.
I’m sure some of you wonder why I’m mentioning this here in CleanWIP Magazine. Well, I began writing as I quit smoking that product commonly referred to as “Tobacco Cigarettes” gradually and published a book on the subject two and a half years later. This new career—if we can just call it that for my own amusement—caused me to connect with authors around the world to learn marketing techniques and better writing skills. This eventually led to the creation of this e-zine. But, I’m off on a tangent here and I don’t want to lose the point of this…. If you’re considering joining the Great American Smokeout this year, I urge you to start joining the smokeout today by learning more about it and about the addiction and by making some type of change to your cigarette habit.
You can find my first book on Amazon. (Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You) I will host a Kindle Free Book Deal just prior to the smokeout if you’d rather await a free copy. Either way, I wish you great success on your quit.

Hair

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

Photo by Ruan Schoeman

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, an historical fantasy… (I even slipped in the word coffee—kaffé—from the other day!)

The master assassin inclined his head. He sipped a cup of kaffé. “No more of my men will die this day, Sayyid. I give my word. I cannot say the same for this man.”

Snapping his fingers, two assassins strode across the garden toward the tent dragging a bound and hooded man. A man who wore a bloodied and torn surcoat of a Templar. Forcing him to kneel before the master and Henri, they tore off the hood, and pulled his head by back by his hair. A twisted strip of cloth gagged his mouth. His eyes widened at seeing Henri lounging with the master of the Assassins.

Fit

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

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Coffee

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

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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.

Relaxed Friday 51

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“There are moments of grief, disappointment, regret and anger.” from On the Road to Remission by Keith D Guernsey

Rest

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

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In case you missed it…

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

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

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

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

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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]

Photo by Johnny Briggs (subsection… cropped for this article)

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]

Photo by GLady

Read

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

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Relaxed Friday 48

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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]

Photo by Tim Hill

Prevent

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

Photo by Silvia

Match

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

Photo by Alicja

~ Laurean Brooks ~
Ryan’s Reckless Bride: The questionnaire she’d received from the agency puzzled her. Ryan McKay could not be the right match. The paper stated that her match was “…an adventurer looking for a like-minded spouse who loves to travel. Neither culinary or other domestic skills required.” His live-in housekeeper performed those tasks. So far, Mr. Mckay hadn’t mentioned a housekeeper.

We simply couldn’t resist this seemingly perfect opportunity to mention the Granny Pact Matchmaker Series by Jessica Marie Holt. The fourth book in this romantic comedy series is expected to be released in early October. It is now available for pre-order.

Beach

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

Photo by Elizeu Dias

Relaxed Friday 47

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Photo by Denis Doukhan

~ Keith D Guernsey ~
We are honored to announce a joint promotion with the American Cancer Society where we will be donating 25 cents/copy for any of our books (including our newest “Overcoming the Odds“) ordered between 8/26/2020 and 10/31/2020 to this wonderful organization.
Will you help us cure this dreaded disease today?
Thank you, Keith
(2X cancer survivor)

Cause

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

Photo by Iva Balk

~ Earl Chinnici ~
Sharing a few lines from one of my works-in-progress. This one’s a fictitious adventure about an author named Jenny who became an uncanny hero and symbol of America’s resilience after terrorists accidentally ruined her debut book signing. Here, she writes about the first date with her fiance, Charlie.
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We stopped at a burger joint as we made our way to the rodeo. I don’t remember exactly what we ate, but I recall ordering two number sevens all the way. It’s funny how my mind works sometimes. I often remember something trivial yet forget a seemingly more important detail from around the same time. Maybe it didn’t matter in the first place. I suspect this happens to me more often when I’m excited. I tend to focus on the ludicrous to avoid thinking about whatever is the cause of my excitement. In this case, it was Charlie.
~~~

Woman

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

Photo by Myriam Zilles

Park

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

Photo by Quinn Kampschroer

Lost

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

Photo by Bere Von Awstburg

Ride

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

Photo by Pam Patterson

Relaxed Friday 46

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Photo by Rebecca Tregear

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen: Book Three of the Magdalen Cycle (historical fantasy)…
Northward, where it traversed the forest, the trees had encroached the road; tall grasses and brush choked the sides of the hard, dry track. Saplings grew at the edge, intrepid advances of the old forest eager to reclaim the land with its dark shadows.

Next Week in CleanWIP Magazine

Each Thursday, we post the themes for the upcoming week to the Themes page of this site as well as in the CleanWIP collaboration group. Here’s some of what we have planned. Several Special Edition articles are also currently works-in-progress.
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Thursday, August 27: CAUSE
Wednesday, August 26: WOMAN
Tuesday, August 25: PARK
Monday, August 24: LOST
Sunday, August 23, 2020: RIDE

Pie

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

Photo by Bernadette Wurzinger

Main

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Main. In addition to relevant lines from a WIP, we’ve encouraged authors to tell us about a primary writing/publishing goal or some other *main thing* they are willing to share. [More info]

Photo by Pam Carter

~ Scott R. Rezer ~
People often ask me why I write historical fiction. The answer is simple. I can’t change the facts of an historical story (I could, but I digress for this little exercise!), so my goal in writing—whether it is historical fantasy, fiction, Biblical, or romance—is to convey an accurate historical setting, but create unpredictable backgrounds to the story that history didn’t bother to record!

~ Laurean Brooks ~
The main thing I’d like to convey to beginning writers is, “Don’t give up.” Even when it looks like you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere. If God has given you a desire and a gift with the written word, pursue it. Forget what others think. Write in your own voice and write for your own pleasure. Be true to yourself. Don’t try to copy a famous author’s style. You are unique. God only made one you. Surround yourself with encouraging people and avoid Dream Stealers—those who try to discourage you. Hang onto your dream and keep pushing forward.

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
I think the main theme in all of my work is homecoming. I even have a literary fiction short story series called “Homecoming,” where three older people, each longing for a sense of home, meet by chance and help each other find what they’re looking for. All of my books, in one way or another, are about reconciling, coming back to the heart of things, and remembering what truly matters. In every one there’s some sense of longing for a connection—for family, roots, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Even in the spy series I’m working on, Arthur’s only true goal is to protect his wife and take his life back so he can have his dream—a cozy little existence, where he can live in peace, sitting by the fire every day, and kissing his wife good night every night. I personally believe that every author and artist has a main “theme,” something they are trying to work out and process in their own hearts, and it comes out in all of their work. I guess you could say coming home is mine.

Mail

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

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina

~ Laurean Brooks ~
HALF-PRICE BRIDE: The spoon in her hand dripping, Louise spun around. “Marriage proposal? Who’d be proposin’ to you? Why you ain’t even courtin’ nobody.”
Anger burned in Emily’s chest. “If I was, it would be my own business.” She immediately regretted her harsh words.
Before Louise could retort, Roy asked, “Who’s the letter from, Sis?”
“A dentist. I answered a mail-order bride ad in the Commercial Appeal.” She handed him the letter and envelope.
Louise threw up her hands. “Well, in all my born days! I ain’t believin’ it. Let me see that letter.”

Shop

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

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Roll

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

Photo by Dominic Alberts

Relaxed Friday 45

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~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
Excerpt from Totally Yours, aka Granny Pact Book 4!
“Livvy, you weren’t there. You didn’t see her.”
Olivia looked at her with wide, unblinking eyes from across the breakfast table. “I was there, and I did see her.”
Janet sighed in frustration. “Okay, you saw her during dinner. But you didn’t see her in the kitchen. The way she batted her big green eyes, and tossed her flouncy hair.”
Olivia wrinkled her nose. “Flouncy hair?”
“Oh, you know what I mean.”
“I sometimes know what you mean. This is not one of those times.”
“Oh, Livvy,” Janet moaned, crossing her arms over the table and putting her head down on top of them. “This is it, this is the end of me and Mitch. I just know it.”
“Hmmm. Yeah, you’ve told me the whole story twice, and I’m still not coming to that same foregone conclusion.”

Previously in CleanWIP Magazine…

Left

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

Photo by Hugo Petitjean

Earl Chinnici ~
In yesterday’s article, I mentioned how I started writing as I quit smoking gradually. Since my first paragraph that was later included in my debut contains today’s theme, I decided to share it. Other than my enthusiasm about removing some ashtrays from my home, I don’t know why I wrote this paragraph on a jagged scrap of paper and then jogged a quarter of a mile in less than five minutes and performed three chin-ups from a dogwood tree in my yard. Here is the first paragraph of my career as an author. Laugh if you want, but I wrote it with passion.
I have been smoking mostly outside for a while now. Sometime during the day today, I removed all but three ashtrays from my home. I washed eight ashtrays outside under a water hose and left them in the shed for my next yard sale!