Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Double Dog Dare)

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When last we left him, our hero Tom—former army sniper, current PI, and born wereduck—was visiting stately Rhombeck manor, home of the leader of the Talbot City werewolf pack, in order to interrogate Travis Rendall, the west coast werewolf who attacked him in the first chapter.

Tom was led to the lower level “retaining rooms” by Merrok, the pack’s Seneschal and one lady who does not suffer fools.  At all.

She’s speaking first:



“I’ll wait in the rotunda; Press the red button if you need anything.”

“Thanks,” I said, carefully not watching her walk away.

Travis Rendall smirked. “That’s a fine piece of tail,” he said.

I raised an eyebrow. “I double dog dare you to say that without these bars in the way.”

He huffed in contempt.

“I smell you haven’t taken advantage of the showers, yet,” I said.


Tom has to suffer fools all the time, but that doesn’t mean he likes it.

I have no idea why I bothered to write “Travis Rendall” every single time his name comes up.  I’d like to say that I wasn’t sure whether Tom was going to call him Travis or Rendall, so I wrote it all out to make it easier to do a universal change later . . . but that’s giving me far too much credit.


I think there are four or five spot still open in the cabin Christina Ochs and I started over at Camp Nanowrimo.  Most of us are going to easy route with a monthly goal of 30,000 words (or in my case, 30 hours of editing), but you can set it as low as 10,000 words, which is only around 334 words a day.

Won’t you join us?


42 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Double Dog Dare)

  1. Shouldn’t that be “double wolf dare you”? I love the humor in this and can’t wait to read the whole book. Need a beta?

    And I just took total leave of my senses re: Camp NaNoWriMo — in addition to doing NaPoWriMo (30 poems in 30 days) I set my word count goal to 60k.

    I haven’t lost my mind — it ran away in self defense.

    • Probably, Paula, but it was my try at being subtle. 😀

      I don’t need one, yet, but when I do, I’ll ask. Thank you!

      And good mercy, that’s ambitious–I’m just hoping for an hour a day editing, on top of my usual stuff!

  2. Oooh, sounds like Tom is having a bit of fun taking advantage of the situation.

    I hear ya on the first and last name issue. I have a few characters where I can’t decide, or alternate, or forget . . .

  3. Haha! I love this scene already. Those bars certainly give Tom some freedom to have a little fun with Travis Rendall.

    As to the full name, some people are always referred to by their first and last together. It happens. You could make that part of the story. He’s not just Travis, or Rendall, he’s Travis Rendall. Not to be confused with his cousin Travis Johnson, who is also a werewolf but a fairly hapless and hilariously ineffectual one.

  4. Tom is wonderful. Sometimes there are people that you just automatically call by both of their names. I’ve done it before too.

    • There are, that’s true, Elaine. And if I call Travis by both names, I can avoid my usual problem with choosing how to put a possessive on a name that ends in ‘s’! 😀

      Thank you!

  5. I love your characters’ dialogue and back-and-forth. It always flows so well.

    If I could belong to two cabins at once, I’d join yours. My goal is to complete my final edits and revisions of a manuscript that’s been around for a long time, thankfully under 58,000 words at this point. It’s such a relief to have shorter books to work on in between doorstoppers.

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