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What Happens When I'm Trying to Work:
kid just texted from school to say she can't stay late like she
planned because the teacher she had to talk to was out sick today. I asked her if she could still catch bus. Her response?
magical unicorn is taking me me home."
What did I say? "Excellent.
Buckle up. They're known to buck unsuspecting riders."
No response so
far. I guess I should go be the magical unicorn now, huh? So much for getting any work done...but I guess if I have to be interrupted for anything, being a magical unicorn is one of the more interesting options.
Life has a way of putting me in my place. I had grand intentions to post weekly, and three months later....
So I think it's great that people are talking about fake news these days, because fake news is at the heart of Off the Record. I have a sleezeball paparazzo named Derrick Fuchs (it looks like a swear word, but it's pronounced 'fooks,' a purposeful play on words to immediately show what a douche nozzle he is) in the novel. He writes his articles based on the latest gossip without really caring who he hurts or how much of it is made up. I haven't decided yet if the reader gets to meet him, but the excerpt today is the first article we see from him. Enjoy!
If you haven't noticed, the format for Off the Record isn't in regular chapters. Main character Devi Madrigal is looking back in an interview for Rocker Chic mag, something I made up because every sleezeball papparazzo antagonist needs a place to work, right? So instead of chapters, you'll see questions and articles about her. It's a fun format to write in.😍
When we last hung out with The Streakers, they were trying to figure out how to make the finale of a live reality show after their lead singer Raina Sky ditched them that morning. They heard Devi singing after her shift at the coffee shop and want to sneak her in to sing for them. Will Devi tell them they're crazy? Can they sneak her in to a studio with tight security? Will this girl with a guitar and a dream steal the chance she's been trying for three years to reach?