Sunday, February 24, 2008

What I'm Working On Right Now

I've just finished a rewrite of a manuscript and have to decide which of two new story lines I run with next. I'm leaning toward the one that will be more fun. The working title is Wake-up Call. It's about a woman who, after being unceremoniously dumped by her fiance, slides headlong into a relationship with a Texas rancher she meets at a conference. She's an executive director of a childrens' services agency; he's got money and a dream to open a summer camp on his ranch for children from divorced families, but doesn't have a clue how to run such a program. He's at the conference looking for the right person to do so; she's there to schmooze benefactors and garner funds for her agency. Her fiance, who works in the legal department of a large grant-funding organization, is also there. The sight of him opens still-tender wounds. In an effort to show him she's moving on, she attaches herself to the rancher at the annual awards banquet. She also has more than one-too-many glasses of wine. When she picks up her phone the next morning, expecting it to be the wake-up call she had requested, she hears a deep Texas drawl wish her a good morning. Fuzzy memories of the night before seep into her consciousness, and she is mortified.

Linda Rettstatt

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