Just thought I’d report that I now have 30,000 words for Force’s story. It’s still going slow but I’m hoping to get a lot of writing done in November. Here’s a short snippet (Camie is going to ask her friend, Mama Chan, to give Force a job):
“What’s your name, anyhow?” I asked, and slipped his stuff behind some cardboard boxes resting against the brick wall. “Mama will want to know.”
“Force,” he answered.
“No, really,” I snorted. “I need your name.”
“It’s Force,” he repeated.
“I mean your given name. The name your parents gave you.”
“Is there something wrong with your hearing?” he growled.
My head whipped around and I gave him a wide-eyed stare. “Are you serious?”
His scowl told me he was.
“Force?” I exclaimed. “Your name is Force? As in “force-of-nature”?
His brow creased into a thoughtful expression. Then he shook his head and smirked. “Nay. More like “brute-force”.
“Oh,” I answered, snuffing out a laugh. “Okay. Glad we cleared that up. What about a last name?”
“What about it?”
“Do you have one?”
He forced out an impatient sigh. “Do I need one to wash dishes and clear tables?”