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The Menu for Romance All-Out-One-Week-Blitz

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

As you can see in the progress meter over in the side-bar, I’m about 30,000 words from finishing Menu for Romance. Which is a good thing, since it’s due December 1 (five weeks from yesterday). But I don’t have five weeks to finish it. I have about four . . . because Thanksgiving is the week before it’s due, and I want to be able to enjoy myself while I’m in Arkansas with my family and not worry about a looming deadline. I want to get it turned in before I leave.

So this week I’m blitzing the end of the novel and trying to write about 6,000 words a day so that I can have the manuscript finished by the end of the week, take the weekend “off,” and then spend the first three weeks of November in revisions.

Since that means I won’t really have time for in-depth, thought-out blog posts, I thought I’d share a little snippet each day of what I wrote the day before . . .

(And remember, Menu for Romance is available for pre-order on Amazon, so be sure to reserve your copy today!)

The setup: this is the evening before their huge, black-tie, Valentine’s Day banquet. Everyone is supposed to have taken a dinner break (for pizza). Major has just come down from the event venue on the top floor of the building, to the corporate offices where the food is set up in the executive dining room. When he saw Meredith wasn’t there, her assistant (Corie), sent him to Meredith’s office to see if he could talk her into taking a break. Naturally, he found her deep in a project.


Meredith left the seating chart on the table and went around to collapse in her desk chair.

Major followed and grabbed her hands. “Nope, come on. You need something to eat.”

“I’m too exhausted to eat.” She resisted his gentle tugging for a few seconds, then, with a sigh, got back out of her chair. “All right. I’m coming.”

It was all Major could do to let go of her hands once she was back on her feet. Her hands fit perfectly in his, felt just right clasped there. He tried not to think about Ward Breaux, with his big catcher’s mitts, holding Meredith’s hand.

Corie passed them on their way into the dining room, and she grinned at him. “See, I told you that you would have better luck convincing her.”

Meredith didn’t seem to hear—or care about—what her assistant said. “Corie, do you mind staying until I get back? I’d hate to think what would happen if someone else calls and I’m not there to answer it.”

“I already told you I can stay as late as you need me.”

The fatigue in Meredith’s face vanished when she smiled. “Thanks. You’re sweet as a Georgia peach.”

“And twice as sassy.” Corie cocked an eyebrow and laughed.

Meredith went over to talk to her event planners, so Major fixed plates and grabbed sodas for both of them. He chose a table a little bit away from where the few remaining kitchen staff sat, wanting to give Meredith a few minutes’ peace before she dived back into work.

Making a full tour of the room, speaking to everyone [. . .] Meredith looked as if she were just starting her day—shoulder-length hair perfectly in place, cream-colored pantsuit not in the least rumpled or wrinkled, skin as luminous as ever. [. . .]

His chest tightened with pride in Meredith and how she thrived in a whirlwind like tonight. Finally, she joined him. He asked a blessing, and then with no other words spoken between them, they launched into eating.

4 Comments
  1. Jess permalink
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008 12:02 pm

    I really like this! Good flow.
    This kind of reminds me of The Office, before Jim and Pam got together, when Michael they had grilled cheese on the roof, ostensibly to get away from their annoying coworkers, but really because they enjoyed being together.
    What do the ellipses mean? And Corie ate, right?
    Can’t wait to read more tomorrow.

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  2. Tuesday, October 28, 2008 12:17 pm

    Oh, yes, don’t worry. As someone who spent nearly 13 years as an assistant, I make sure Corie is well taken care of! She was in the dining room finishing her supper before Major went in search of Meredith.

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  3. Tuesday, October 28, 2008 12:19 pm

    Wow! I like it a lot! Great! Can’t wait for the whole thing 😉 Good luck on writing…and thanks for all the help with mine!!!

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  4. Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1:05 pm

    Keep cranking it out! You can do it 🙂

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