Faux French
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River Novel Notice

Enjoy these rough excerpts from the novel that I am writing (I refer to it as my River novel, or River Cuts), and please leave feedback here, or at Google+ where I am developing these scenes. Everyone who “Likes” and makes suggestions motivates me to continue exploring this story. Some of the most effective comments ask for more detail about a moment, event or character.

Image of River with knife, and title, "River Cuts"

Morning Fruits – added March 28, 2013

Interview – added February 14, 2015

After Interview – added February 21, 2015

Del’s River – NEW! May 2, 2015

Yoga – added November 29, 2014

The Dance Begins – added October 4, 2014

Love The One You’re With? – added January 24, 2015

NASCAR – added December 17, 2014

Just Ducky – added November 1, 2014


Big Frog In A Small Pond – added December 27, 2014

Sex With the Stars – added December 20, 2014 – abridged for general adult audiences

Sex With the Stars – added December 27, 2014 – full adult version

Wine, Part 1 – added January 1, 2015

Wine, Part 2 of 2 – added January 17, 2015

In The Woods

At The Park

Full Moon, Part 1 –  added November 29, 2014

Full Moon, Part 2 – added December 6, 2014


Like Alcoholics – added March 14, 2015

Migraine – Warning: some of the goriest writing I’ve done


The Next Morning – added October 11, 2014

To Milly’s – added October 18, 2014

Discovery – added October 25, 2014


“the best horror… forces us to confront ideas we might rather ignore, and challenges preconceptions of all kinds.”
Elements of Aversion, Elizabeth Barrette

I am updating this page every couple of weeks or so with my progress on my book.

Check out the rest of my blog while you’re here.



Photo credits:
Top photo: Ukraine dnepr at krementchug by Lutz Fischer-Lamprecht. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported.
Kissing Crane Leg Knife, by James Case. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.
Both images modified by Grace Buchanan.

Bottom photo: Dnester_Rozvadiv by Szeder László. Licensed by Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0. Modified by Grace Buchanan.

25 responses to “River Novel Notice”

  1. I was running through, it is coming out well…this is the best part of writing a book, when we have feedback flowing in and inputs are with us, we are able to control the flow and craft the scenes in a more profound manner…best wishes!!!

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    1. I must admit, Nihar, that I agree that “this is the best part of writing a book, when we have feedback flowing in”. As much as the act of writing is like breathing for me, feedback makes my heart beat.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this Grace! I had this bookmarked and will read and leave feedback whenever. 😀 Is it near completion?

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    1. Thank you Ker for looking for time in your CRAZY BUSY day to relax with some light horror 🙂

      It reached over 19,000 words today, and still more bones keep showing up for the story skeleton, so I don’t know how near it is to completion. I’ll keep you informed, though.

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      1. You are most welcome! 😀 I guess it’s because my mind is tailored for literature so I find reading pieces like this after a long day of immersing myself with business talks.

        Wee! More to read!

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  3. Brilliant Grace – write on! It’s going to be a great book, so don’t stop now.

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    1. Jo, when I read your comment, the song came to mind, “Ya really gotta hold on me.” There’s no stopping it. You know what I mean. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement.

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  4. Grace, my sincerest apologies. I need to come back to this when I have the quality time to give it because it truly deserves my complete attention. And also, irony of irony….I have had a migraine for two days straight and then I see that’s the name of one of your sections! You are really garnering tons of fans at Google! So very proud of you. Will bookmark this and come back.

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    1. My dear Steph, no apologies needed. You must know that I understand the need to respect the work of other writers whom we especially value. I’m sure that you noticed that I have not been active at your blog lately. I am DELIGHTED that Huffington Post published you, and look forward to when I can savor your latest posts, not just blast through them. I’m just having trouble reading lately.

      The migraine that I had this past Monday corresponded with unusual visual disturbances, unlike the ocular migraines or auras that I sometimes have. Yesterday, my eye doctor found that it was “just” a floater. I’m aging! Then, his optician told me that my eyeglasses need frequent adjustment because my heat flashes melt them. I thought you’d appreciate that one 😉

      I hope that the Migraine section helps to relieve your migraine…in a safe way! After all, I a not driven by a need to simply horrify anyone, but to confront ideas and challenge preconceptions.


  5. Bravo, Grace! I am so pleased to learn that you’re writing a novel. Fabulous work thus far! I look forward to reading more. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Brandi. I’m glad this caught your eye 🙂


  6. Grace! I finally had some time to read Sewing. I wanted to comment on your G+ post but I didn’t feel like creating ‘noise’ as I am certain everyone else who commented on your post would get notified. :p

    I didn’t think you were being too technical or detailed. As a matter of fact, I was wondering what you were sewing. And you said your grandma taught you how to sew but you kept saying ‘he’. Is there an explanation behind that? 😀

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  7. Dear Ker, thank you for finding time to chip away at my novel. I especially appreciate your feedback. I understand what you mean about creating “noise” at google+.

    I’m glad you were wondering what was being sewn! 🙂 I’m glad you weren’t dragged down by the details. Thanks for letting me know.

    The first sentence, “My grandmother taught me to sew.” is in quotes, indicating that the narrator didn’t say it, but “he” did. I can see how this might be confusing. I appreciate your pointing it out. Hugs


  8. Well, I have NOT had a headache this long, rest assured. My goodness, how much you’ve added to this since I was here. But none of the additions ever show up in my Reader?? Full Moon and Yoga were spectacular (crotch scene not too crude but actually brilliant!) and your writing has reached a meditative depth that is almost ethereal. I applaud you but how do I know which order to read all these excerpts in? And as usual, I am still locked out of my google account but is that the same as gmail? I see you have a lot of avid readers there. Bravo to you my friend! You’re going places!

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    1. 🙂 Thanks for reading so attentively. I arranged these excerpts in tentative, sequential order from top to bottom. I’ve been skipping around and rearranging them as I write and edit them, so the final result will be somewhat different. I’m finding that sharing this book as I write it is making each excerpt almost able to stand alone as flash fiction.

      “A meditative depth that is almost ethereal.” Wow. Head-swelling. Thanks for all of your support.

      Unfortunately the Reader doesn’t show updates, just new additions.

      You can access all of your Google accounts the same way. I wonder what you need to do to unlock your Gmail.


    2. People who follow me on Google+ can get notifications when I add excerpts

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  9. I read a couple of your stories at random and then read the comments here (as well as google+). I just came back from reading Migraine, and wow, I’m so impressed with that piece – so powerful and horrific in a compelling way – I was convinced you had experienced it yourself! You are part of a valuable support group there.

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    1. Christine! Thanks so much for stopping by and nibbling.

      I did experience the Migraine part, but only as I wrote it, and as a detached writer. I have always had vivid dreams, entertaining my family during breakfast since I was a little kid. I learned to tell my dreams in the first person present tense, so that helps a lot with this kind of writing.

      I am glad that I found the Google+ writing group. In addition to the public comments on each others’ work, we have private conversations within the community site where we discuss ideas for how to share our writings. Come join us!

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      1. I can imagine as you got older you’d have to keep some dreams back from breakfast conversation! When I’m writing I can get right into the zone and I find myself sighing just before I write it! If I can’t see it in my head and can’t feel it, I can’t write it.

        As to the Google+ group, I thought I’d lurk a bit until I decided to ask to join. Thanks for your kind invitation.

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        1. Christine, you are so funny. Guilty as charged: I don’t always share all of my dreams , though I am not inclined to avoid any topic during breakfast.

          I’m glad that you’re lurking. I did the same.

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  10. Hi Grace! I haven’t yet read them all, but isn’t it interesting how we can be so addicted to one thing or another, whether it be alcohol or love? Keep up the work it’s coming along wonderfully! ❤

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    1. Thanks Michelle. Thanks for stopping by and nibbling at my novel,especially the part titled Like Alcoholics. I’m working on revealing a character who is more like you: good at setting limits and boundaries.

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      1. Oh yay! So happy I inspire! I think it’s very important to learn how to set those limits, especially for young girls. It’s so easy for them to get involved with bad people with all the access to the internet. It can be scary stuff. Sorry, I’m still in work mode. 😛 I’m looking forward to see how your characters develop! 🙂


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