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Fiction Friday #169 – Kate and the Karaoke

The note taped to the door said:

 See you at Wild Notes Karaoke Bar x

Part of me is pissed off with him, I know I said go on without me, but really, he could have waited. If I was his girlfriend he would’ve waited. How’s that going to look to his parents.

 After my shower I stand looking at my clothes, trying to decide what to wear. I’m trying to wipe the thought of Walt and Simon from my mind. American guys are so much fun. I need to keep telling myself that’s it. I just like American guys. I need to tell myself that I don’t fancy Simon. Not at all. I can’t. He’s Dan’s brother’s mate. I’m pretending to be Dan’s girlfriend. I can’t like anyone else.

It wouldn’t be so bad, but the way Simon looked at me… No, I can’t think this. Dan’s my boyfriend, Dan is my boyfriend. Simon’s just a nice guy like Walt. The fun American guys. That’s all. Me and Dan. Me and Dan. I’ll just drill it into my head.

As I’ve been for a run today I justify getting a taxi down to the bar. My irritation with Dan for leaving me hasn’t left yet. If I’m completely honest it’s probably more than that. I’m irritated he’s putting me in this position of pretending to be his girlfriend when there’s a rally nice, funny, sexy guy here too. It’s so not fair.

When the taxi pulls up I pay him, and look up at the bar. Strains of ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ come from the bar in someone’s terrible singing. At least I know I can do better than that. I walk in and see the group at the back of the room. The first person to catch my eye is Simon. Typical. He smiles at me, all the way up to his eyes, which makes my stomach lurch. As I smile back I can feel trouble brewing.

 

I had so many different ideas for this week’s Fiction Friday prompt from Write Anything. Too many that I couldn’t decide which one to use. When I finally sat down to write it, it became something completely different to all the ideas I had. typical.

If you’ve been reading my FF pieces over the last time I hope you’ll recognise this as Kate the MC from my novel ‘Holiday.’ This is a bit which may make it’s way into the novel! You might also recognise me kind of using a previous FF prompt – I’m well chuffed with myself for getting Don’t Worry, Be Happy in there too!

Walt you’re only mentioned in passing, but I hope you like your character 🙂

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My Thursday Rambling

It’s Thursday and for the second week running, I’ve started my FictionFriday piece before Friday. I don’t know what the world is coming to.

I started writing it as Kate – the MC from one of my novels, the character from my last few FictionFriday pieces. But, I had to stop writing from her POV because it sounded like it might be personal. It wasn’t, but I imagine some people reading it could have taken it to be. That’s the pain writing from a POV of a character that’s in the same situation as me. I know that’s a little cryptic, but I’m afraid it’s going to stay that way.

So, I took the same idea and swapped over to using Dan as the character. Dan’s the MMC from the novel – Kate’s best friend. However I’m a bit stuck as to who the girl he’s with should be. There’s an exact place in the novel I want this story to fit in. Although I could never use this in the book (it’s 1st person from Kate’s POV), now I’ve got this idea in my head I NEED to write it. But I don’t know if the girl should be the one that turns into his girlfriend, or just a random girl.

Oh yeah, this piece isn’t going to be a complete story, it’s going to have to be something taken out of something bigger (that probably won’t be written), so sorry in advance. Actually I might be able to make it a self-contained story.

I read about 10k of ‘Holiday’ last week. I quite like it. I want to keep writing it, but think I need to put the bits together before I start on it. That’s why I’m loving these Fiction Friday pieces, little glimpses into Kate and Dan’s lives without getting into the novel.

I entered a ‘competition’ to ‘win’ a ticket to Rowan Coleman’s book launch party for The Happy Home for Broken Hearts (which I will review soon, it’s sooooo good). You have to write a short review of your favourite book of hers, then she’ll pick the 40 (yes 40) she likes and they get to go to the party. At the moment there’s only three reviews, so I’m totally going. I may have to warn my friends they won’t see me much this month, I’ll be at loads of author events. Woop!

Before I started writing, there was so much I wanted to say, now I’m here I can’t think of another thing. As soon as I press ‘Publish’ I’ll remember at least one. How annoying.

Ok, got some things…

I started Jane Green’s Girl Friday yesterday – I’m already on p124. I did read A LOT yesterday somehow. Oh yeah, it was raining on my lunch break so I sat in the canteen and read. It’s really good, but I’m having a bit of a problem settling into it being in the present tense. This happens quite often when I read a book that’s past, then straight away swap to one that’s present. I can’t really pinpoint why, but something in my mind just doesn’t like the swap over.

Other than that, I’m loving it – as I totally expected to with a Jane Green novel. She’s definitely one of my favourite authors. Straight Talking is possibly my favourite novel of all time. Oh, after The Time Traveller’s Wife and Twlight (I’m still freaked out a vampire/teen book is in the top 2). I guess it’s possibly my favourite Chick Lit book ever.

Speaking of which, I read something on Simon & Schuster’s Facebook page recommending a survey to find the top 10 Chick Lit novels of the last decade. It’s run by Chick Lit Central on Facebook…. Actually, I’ve just looked and it’s closed. Damn, I didn’t give my opinion. To take part you had to list your top 5 chick lit novels. I couldn’t think of my top 5. I got top three – Straight Talking by Jane Green, Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella and Angels by Marian Keyes. But 2 more? Ooh, that’s hard. So I didn’t add any, and now I’ve missed my chance  *stamps off in a mood*

A few weeks ago one of our computers at work crashed and lost everything that was on the desktops. Yes I had loads of stuff. I had thought that it was probably stuff I’ve emailed myself anyway, but I’m now not so sure.

I’m 100% sure I’ve lost my list of books I’ve read. I was compiling a list of all the books I can remember reading as an adult – just for my own amusement. I was up to 90 odd. And have lost it. I am so annoyed with myself for not saving it somewhere else too.

I think, although I’m not sure, I’ve lost a load of research I did on Italy. Damn.

This should teach me a lesson. I need to buy an external hard drive to save all my stuff on. I know you can get them online and stuff, but I just want one. However I do it, I should do it soon, every 3 days I get a reminder pop up telling me to do it. I’ll be so annoyed at myself if I lose everything and haven’t backed it up. Just another thing for the ‘To be done’ list!