#SOLSC20: Day 6

A quick knock on the door.

A creak as the screen door opens.

Soft thud as a package lands on the ground.

Another squeak.

A pause.

An engine roars, forward motion, beeping reverse, driving out . . .


Nothing ordered.


As I open the package, I remember the conversation from #ILA19. I begin reading. I’m finished with chapter 2 before I remember that I was making another cup of coffee.

Coffee now cold.

Mind nourished.

Plans derailed in a good way!

Time to make a decision . . . more reading? coffee? or the day’s original plan?

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When have your plans been derailed? 

When has a new book totally captured your interest? 

How do you revise your plans?  Or do you?

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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9:33 pm

Plans “detoured”

Not derailed!

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14 responses

  1. I crave a day of derailed plans!

    1. Margaret,
      It was a good day. But now today already feels impossible! LOL

  2. Wow, lovely post! I wrote a short story recently and would love your feedback on it. You can find it here https://iamgayatriblog.wordpress.com/

  3. Whilst reading I could see exactly what was happening. The pace and the fast forward was also noted. I like the questions you always include. It makes the reader connect with your piece. Thank you

    1. You are welcome, Juliette. I was hoping that images match the “events”. And of course, I love questions to connect to my readers! ❤

  4. A book can do that for sure! What book is it?

    1. Erika,
      The book is a new Debbie Diller one. Series from Corwin Press. Simply Stations – Listening and Speaking. For folks still using Daily 5, it has some key specifics for setting up stations aligned with standards and high expectations.

  5. I do sometimes get derailed. I can u understand how a good book keeps you reading. I am like that with mysteries, my favorite genre. Once I begin, I want to finish it. Interesting format, Fran. I really like your structure for this piece.

    1. Lynne,
      OK, who is your most favorite mystery writer? I love mysteries (Plus if a bit of conspiracy theory as well.) And thanks – structure has been my focus this first week of slicing!

  6. Maybe not derailed but a slight detour. Unexpected packages can be the best.

    1. Oh, yes! Detoured sounds so much better than derailed. Thank you!

  7. How lucky for you to have the time to enjoy a new book! Nothing like quiet reading time!

    1. So true. Reading time is valuable time!

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