Spring: Failure to Launch

Posted Mar 22 2012, 11:51 am in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Spring has sprung, right?

I think in this case, Spring has failed to launch.

Of course, if you live in Alberta, in the shade of the Rocky Mountains, you know that spring or summer for that matter, is never a sure thing.

Case in point.

This morning we woke up to snow. (Insert sigh here)

I stopped on the way home to take this picture of my favorite running path.

To be fair, it really isn’t unusual to get a lot of snow in March. But…it doesn’t make it any easier.

Since it’s snowy and chilly outside, I’ve decided it’s the perfect afternoon to hang out in my office and take care of my growing to-do list. But before I run off to start accomplishing things, I thought I’d play along with a little game. Jillian Dodd tagged me in a fun game. There are lots of rules, BUT I believe rules are made to be broken (ssh, don’t tell my kids) so I’m going to cheat a little bit. The main rules are:

1. Go to page 77 of your current MS.
2. Go to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines ( sentences or paragraphs) and post them as they’re written.
4. Tag 7 writers and let them know.
So…without further ado…here are seven lines from my upcoming book, Sugar Crash: (There might be 8 lines)

“It’s not always going to be easy,” Michelle repeated. “And I expect that you’ll probably have candy occasionally. Very occasionally. But when you do, it’s super important to monitor your blood sugar levels very closely. A chocolate bar isn’t worth getting sick, is it?”
Taylor agreed, but Darci could see that her enthusiasm had wavered.
“Why don’t we take a break?” Darci suggested. “I know I could use a stretch and maybe you can find your friend for another card game, Tay?”
After Taylor left the room, Darci turned to Michelle and said, “I think it’s all too much for her. Maybe we could cut things out slowly?”
The dietician put the papers she was holding on the counter and met Darci’s eyes squarely. “Mrs. Johnson, diabetes isn’t a diet that you can implement to lose weight. These diet changes, they’re not optional. They’re necessary for your daughter’s overall health and well being. Her life, Mrs. Johnson.”
Darci swallowed hard.
“I’m sorry to be so harsh,” Michelle said, her voice softening. “And I know it’s hardest on the kids. But it’s not impossible. And it’s worth it.”
Darci thought back to seeing Taylor playing cards with her new friend Kerri. The girl who didn’t have a choice of making some changes to her diet in order to be healthy. The girl who’d accepted that she would never be a teenager.
“Yes.” Tears came to Darci’s eyes. She wiped them away before they could spill. “It’s worth it.”

Okay, so that’s that. I hope it makes you want to read the actual book, which is coming soon! Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to know when it’s released and there ‘might’ be a coupon code for it.
So, part of the rules are to tag seven other authors and have them do the same. Well…Jillian did such a good job tagging everyone I was going to, that I’m totally going to bow out of this one. EXCEPT I’ll add some of the super talent members of my writing group, The Easy Writers to this list.
TAG you’re it:






Let’s see what ya got!

So tell me…spring sprung where you are? Are your tulips up? Birds chirping? I may need to live vicariously through you…



20 responses to “Spring: Failure to Launch”

  1. Amber West says:

    Is it bad that I am jealous of your snow? Florida is so lacking in seasons.

    And your excerpt sounds good (I would expect nothing less 😉 ).

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thanks, Amber. 🙂

      And the snow….you can HAVE it! I’m done with winter. Although, truth be told, our winter was pretty mild this year. STILL!

  2. Fallon says:

    We’re actually having unseasonably warm temperatures here in PA. It’s very strange to be able to wear shorts in the middle of March when we’re usually still getting snow.

    Loved the excerpt. Can’t wait to read more of it.

  3. Ha. This will be my next Wordbitches post, so I should thank you!

  4. Rebecca says:

    Truly it may have been snowy but it was a BEAUTIFUL day for a run. Not to cold, hardly any wind. Bright even with sunglasses on. Improved my mood immeasurably. I’ll take this kind of a day to howling wind or +20 any day.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      It was fairly warm-ish…BUT I don’t like getting my feet slushy. ha ha. And I was just being lazy. 🙂

  5. Snow? It’s pretty, at least. 🙂 Enjoyed the excerpt, and looking forward to reading the book. A topic which means a lot to me.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Thanks, Bridgette! It was pretty. Then it all melted…then…it snowed again this morning. Crazy weather!

  6. See, for me that picture is gorgeous. I rarely get to see snow unless I drive to it, so I always love snow pics that are all haunting and mysterious.

    Love the excerpt! I’m so excited for you to get this done and out there.

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Tameri, you feel free to come on up for the drive any time you like!

      Thanks for the kind words too. I’m really excited to get this one out there!

  7. Ali Dent says:

    Snow! It’s 80 here. I love snow. It looks so pretty. The excerpt whets my appetite for the book. When’s the release date?

  8. I hear ya. By March we are so sick of snow. Thankfully, we are having a VERY early spring here out east. There’s just about none of the white sh*t left. Phew!

    • Elena Aitken says:

      At least with us it snows-melts-snows-melts. And to be fair, we had an awfully brown-ish winter. So I really shouldn’t complain too much. But…

  9. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    I so agree about March weather. I’m looking forward to next week when I’m heading to the sunny warm south.
    Can’t wait to read your new work! Send it!

  10. Judy Welch says:

    Sorry about the snow, loved the book teaser, can’t wait till it’s out.

  11. Cassia says:

    Oddly enough when this posted we were enjoying an early spring/near summer weather. Last Thursday went right up to 90! Of course, this week we are having 32 degrees overnight and barely reaching the mid-fifties, which is still a bit high for Michigan.

    Wow to the WIP reveal. I didn’t know you were delving into children with Type I diabetes. I will be tweeting this post on Twitter. 🙂

    Sorry for your snow. I know what a bummer it is.

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