Monday, January 01, 2007

The Beginning of a Brand New Year!

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It's officially 2007 and I've begun the new year with a bang - a writing bang anyway. I actually got six pages written this morning before the cafe got too crowded and I needed to leave.

Also heard a great bit of conversation this morning that quite frankly, scared the hell out of me. This was a conversation at the table behind me and it was all I could do not to turn around and see the woman speaking.

Woman behind me: "I'm just saying, if he hadn't a bit off my finger, I would have killed him. And I don't know why he's going around bragging about it now when he knows I still can."

Woman's friend: "You wanna go on and say that any louder."

Woman behind me: "He knows. I ain't gotta yell it from here for the coward to know."

After that she griped at some poor kid who probably has the misfortune to be related to her about not eating his black-eyed peas and saying as how she figured he just wanted bad luck. Because having your finger bit off is all good, right?

Then she went on to chastise her friend for not keeping her fingernails clean. Oh sure, it's easy to chastise when you've only got nine to tend to instead of ten.

Good God Allmighty. I just don't have anything else to say.


Wendy Roberts said...

I swear, Jana, you're just gonna have to write a book that only contains snippets of conversations LOL.

Kimber An said...

There is a novel there, I'd wager.

Tori Lennox said...

You hear the most fascinating conversations!

And, frankly, I think that whole black-eyed pea thing is gimmick put out by the black-eyed pea growers to bolster their wallets. *g* I can't say that I've noticed any difference between a year with and one without.

Of course, I'm not a big fan of black-eyed peas, so I may be a bit prejudiced. ;)

Jana DeLeon said...

I'm afraid if I wrote the truth, no one would believe it. I tried that in my very first novel - taking stories from real life and working them into scenes - and people kept saying "no one would really do that." I didn't even bother to defend my story or I'd have to admit that most of the unbelievable items were done by family. :)

Tori - I'm not a big black-eyed pea person either. I'm also not superstitious at ALL. I ate a bite of them because a friend was gracious enough to bring them over for the celebration, but it was a very small bite. :)

Sassy Sistah said...

Whoah Nellie! Yep, I think there's the germ of a novel in that snippet. Good Lord, indeed!

But YAY for you! You got six pages written and that's fantastic! Good for you!

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