Creepy Faces Has A Real Title. Also, A Small Adventure And Manuscript Fights

Happy Sunday, all! How was everyone’s weekend? Good? Yes? Excellent.

First things first: I’d like to report on my latest Small Adventure.

I’ve never been a Nail Person. Fingernails, I mean, not the kind you put on a block of wood right before smashing your thumb with a hammer. In my opinion, fingernails are on my hands for two reasons: 1) So that I have something to bite when I get nervous, and 2) to give the phrase “my claws are coming out” a bit more weight.

So anyway, I’m not really into Nail Care, as it were. But last night, while Rob and I were out partying like animals (read: walking around a shopping center), we happened upon a store called . . . well, I can’t remember exactly, but it was something about Christmas, and then we looked in the windows and Rob said, “Oh, it’s one of those Flags And Useless Seasonal Crap stores.” And then we thought that was so funny, we had to go in.

As it turned out, they had quite a selection of Seasonal Crap–and also a lot of super fun nail polish. Remembering my vow to be adventurous in the small things, I spent, oh, the better part of ten minutes picking out a polish to try.

(What did Rob do for those ten minutes, you ask? Well, mostly, he watched me pick up bottle after bottle and say, “Meh,” which is a tribute to his Longsuffering Husband Spirit. But he also picked out some body lotion for me that smells like vanilla cupcakes. Yes, he IS the best, thank you for pointing that out!)

Finally I chose my nail polish and gave myself a manicure when we got home last night. And here you have it:

Well, okay, you can’t really see the color. It’s a deep reddish brown and it’s sparkly. The brand is Sinful Colors (yes, really) and the color is Mercury Rising, which I basically bought just for the name, but I ended up really liking the color, so it was a win.

By the way, taking a decent picture of your fingernails? NOT EASY. But seeing as this was my first manicure since I got married in 2008 (and that was my first manicure since, um, ever), I figure the struggle was worth it.

So anyway, HOORAY for small adventures.

Now, for the moment you’ve been (probably not) waiting for:

CREEPY FACES HAS A REAL TITLE!

But before I reveal it, let me say this: The manuscript and I? We’re in a fight. I’ve got a rough draft of 17 chapters so far, but I’ve hit the wall and have no choice but to go back to the beginning. The plot just isn’t focused enough and I need to see what sort of loose ends I’ve left untied plot-wise in the beginning.

Spoiler: There are several of them.

Also, my MC’s voice is supposed to be on the dark and serious side, but in this most recent chapter I found that she was starting to sound a little too much like ME, so I’ve got to make sure I’m keeping that consistent, too.

Serious=not easy for moi.

ANYWAY.

Okay, so the Real Title At Least For Now for the book formerly known as CREEPY FACES is . . .

Are you ready?

No, ARE YOU?

OKAY STOP SHOUTING JEEZ. The title I’ve chosen is . . .

BENEATH THE DARKNESS

*cue streamers, marching band, small rodents scurrying about and Flappers bursting from cardboard cakes*

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? If you hate it, please don’t tell me, because Lord have mercy it took me forever to come up with. So if you don’t like it, then comment on something else, like the weather or your delight in the lack of actual scurrying rodents and cake-bursting Flappers.

Have a good week, everybody!

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22 thoughts on “Creepy Faces Has A Real Title. Also, A Small Adventure And Manuscript Fights

    1. Anne Riley says:

      Thanks! And yeah, me too. It’s not a knock-down-drag-out kind of fight, but like… I’m just afraid anything else I write will end up being deleted, and I’d rather just go back and figure out where I need to go with the rest of the story, ya know?

  1. Alicia says:

    Sounds like a book I want to read! Love that color too by the way. And props to you for such a nice looking manicure. I get mine done but only because when I do it myself I look like I just dipped my finger in the bottle. What can I say? I never could color inside the lines!

    1. Anne Riley says:

      This was my 2nd attempt, and if the photo were taken a bit closer up, you’d see that it’s not all that nice looking! But thanks!

  2. Jamey Stegmaier says:

    “Beneath the Darkness”–I like it! It’s mysterious, short, and memorable. Well done, ma’am.

    Also, I want to obtain some of that lotion that smells like vanilla cupcakes.

  3. Jessica N says:

    Love the title! Congrats on choosing one. 🙂 Also , this is the second week in a row I’ve painted my nails. It’s one of my new year things. 🙂 Too bad they’re chipped within a few days of painting them.

      1. Jessica says:

        Of course after telling you that, I picked all my polish off and bit my nails during class. *Sigh* Hold habits die hard.

  4. Ali says:

    I like the title…seems mysterious! Definitely makes me want to read it. And I have to say that it’s way better than “Creepy Faces”, which I know was never the real title, but still…Yay for you! 🙂

    I like the nail color too. I hear that dark red/brown/black color is “in”.

    1. Anne Riley says:

      Thanks! And, wait a second–are you saying I am IN STYLE? I’m pretty sure that violates every mom and teacher code, EVER.

      1. Ali says:

        I’m a mom and teacher too, so I’m definitely not “in”. My husband actually told me the other day that my sweater was kind of teacher-y. So I said, “NEWSFLASH…I’M A TEACHER”! And no, it wasn’t a jean romper or anything. Just a cute (or so I thought) gray and white striped sweater.

  5. Jodi says:

    Love it! Both the nail color and the title. I’ll always love Creepy Faces, though. FYI, there’s a professional manicure you can get where they bake on your nail polish (gel nails). It lasts forever…or until your nails grow out. Whichever comes first. Figure out your plot holes, and it’s my treat. XOXO! J.

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