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「戌年」連載小説 第8章

キャミー・タング著「戌年」連載小説 プロのドッグトレーナーであるマリ・ムトウは、厄年を迎えている。 犬小屋と訓練所の改築をしながら、いつも不服そうにしている家族と同居することになった。母と姉に言わせれば、犬の毛とよだれかけにまみれる仕事は、家族にとって恥ずべきものだという。彼女は元カレを説得し、数ヶ月間犬を預かってもらうことにした。しかし、彼の兄は、数週間前に彼女が誤って車に追突した、怒り狂ったセキュリティ専門家であることが判明する。 アシュウィン・ケイトウは十分な問題を抱えている。叔母が玄関先に現れ、同居を希望している。彼は彼女にすべてを借りているので、断ることができません。母親が家を出て行った後、ネルおばさんはアシュウィンと弟を引き取り、愛のあるキリスト教の家庭で育てた。しかも、弟のダスティもアパートを追い出され、居場所を求めている。しかし、彼は犬を飼っている。そして、その犬の飼い主は誰だと思いますか? しかし、旧友でオアフ島のノースショアでデイスパを経営する私立探偵のエディサ・ゲレロから依頼を受ける。マリの施設で奇妙な破壊行為があり、3年前に失踪したエディサの妹の財布を発見する。エディサはマリが危険な目に遭っているのではと心配する。警備の専門家であるアシュウィンがすでにマリを知っていることを知ったエディサは、忙しい若い女性を密かに監視することを彼に依頼する。 アシュウィンは、活発でのんびりとしたドッグトレーナーに不本意ながら惹かれていく。彼女は、幸せそうな母親を思い出させる。その母親の裏切りによって、彼は人と距離を置くようになったのだ。マリは、アシュウィンの冷たい外見を見抜き、彼が家族に忠実な男であることを認める。彼は、彼女のキャリア選択を批判するだけの母親や姉とは違う。 マリのバラバラな家庭とアシュウィンのバラバラな家庭の中で、過去を隠そうとする人たちから、彼らの周りに危険が迫ってくるようになる。彼らは、影で動く秘密に光を当てることができるのか? 過去に発表されたパートへのリンクはこちら。 *** 第8章 - 恐ろしくも真っ白な不動産書類 『みんな仲良くできないのかな?』 マリは無用に力を込めて箱に本を投げ入れた。最近、なぜ彼女は人生の中で全員と言い争いをしているのだろう?もしかすると、これは本当に悪いアイデア

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Captain's Log, Supplemental

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1. What is your occupation? Full-time writer with major procrastination disease
2. What color are your socks right now? none
3. What are you listening to right now? nothing, although I was listening to the Creative Mind System that's supposed to have theta waves to make you think creatively.
4. What was the last thing that you ate? tuna fish sandwich
5. Can you drive a stick shift? yes, love it
6. If you were a color what would you be? pink
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Robin
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? love her
9. How old are you today? 34
10. Favorite drink? English Breakfast tea with cream and sugar
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? volleyball or baseball
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? pink (as in berry pink) highlights (college years)
13. Pets? Snickers
14. Favorite food? aged steak
15. What was the last movie you watched? X-Men 3
16. Favorite day of the year? birthday
17. What do you do to vent anger? Call Robin, Heather, or Cheryl
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? books
19. What is your favorite, fall or spring? fall
20. Hugs or kisses? hugs
21. Cherries or Blueberries? fresh bing cherries
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? they don't have to
23. Who is most likely to respond? Dunno
24. Who is least likely to respond? Dunno
25. Living arrangements? hubby and dog in a small house
26. When was the last time you cried? probably yesterday at some sappy commercial or TV show.
27. What is on the floor of your closet? my laundry basket
28. What did you do last night? read a bad book
30. What inspires you? music and the Bible
31. What are you afraid of? confrontation
32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheese
33. Favorite dog breed? mutt
34. Number of keys on your key ring? 7
35. How many years at your current job? Biologist: 10 Full-time writer: 1
37. Favorite day of the week? Monday--a whole week of good intentions ahead of me.
38. How many states have you lived in? 2
39. Favorite holidays? none. Maybe Easter
40. Ever driven a Motorcycle or heavy machinery? no
41. Countries you have traveled to? Japan, China

TMI:

Bible in 90 Days:
Day 8. I was struck by a very short phrase in Numbers chapter 5:

If any of the people—men or women—betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty.

This shouldn’t be new to me, right? But I couldn’t help but realize that whenever I—or anyone else—wrongs someone, that’s betraying God. That’s actually kind of frightening if you think about it.

Writing: I posted another "Health and the Writer" post at WriterQuotes, and I also posted a short article on Terry Whalin's new Writing Tip of the Day on my Story Sensei blog.

I also posted another "Write Time" article at WordPraize. And in case you missed it, my review of Calm, Cool, and Adjusted by Kristin Billerbeck is posted at the Fab Four Book Picks blog.

Had my "Sabbath" yesterday. After reading the Old Testament again, I've been feeling convicted to take a personal rest day from my writing. Hopefully it will inspire me to write more today! I spent most of Saturday plotting my story. I hate all the gaping holes I'm seeing. I need writer's duct tape. Somebody needs to invent that.

Diet: Since getting sick, I've gained 3 pounds!!! {Camy sobs into her keyboard} Who knew cough syrup would have so many calories? Well, and I guess the whiskey-honey-lemon-juice mountain cough syrup recipe isn't exactly low-cal (but it really does work).

I did Denise Austin on Friday and Saturday, but not on Sunday. Please God, help me to have discipline to exercise every day the rest of this week.

Comments

Unknown said…
If you find any of that writer's duct tape, let me know!
I'm 34 too:) You have me so curious as to which "bad book" you were reading. I know you'll never tell!
Anonymous said…
Ha, yeah, I'd stand in line for some of that writer's duct tape!
Geekwif said…
This meme is perfectly narcissistic! I'm stealing it.
eileen said…
Seriously sad knowing I am old enough to be your grandmother. sigh. But a proud one I'd be! Hugs to you!
Pammer said…
I liked your answers. That was fun.

Awww on the gaining three pounds. (Try ten!)

I'll pray that you keep on your exercise track and you can pray for me to do the same.

Love ya!
Pammer said…
Hey, this joker stole my comment.

I like the meme answers. That was fun.

Awww on gaining three pounds, but I do hope you feel better.

I'll pray for you to stay on track with your exercise (pray for me the same thing, please.) :D

Love ya!

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