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117 Days of James Patterson – Day Four

This is what I get for being clever and not reading ahead – the 3 “chapters” I have already reported on were not actual chapters, but just parts of the prologue. The real Chapter One appears on Day Four, making the 117 days into 120 unless I start to double up.  Crap.

Day Four, The Real Chapters One & Two  (Part One is called “Sneaky Pete”. Seriously.)
Chapter One: Peter Gordon, who appears “healthy and clean and wide-eyed and trustworthy” follows a woman and her infant in a parking garage, where he uses his “all-American good looks” to trick her into loaning him her cell phone so that he can call Triple-A for a flat tire.  By the way, “his all-American good looks were an asset, but he wasn’t vain. No more than a Venus flytrap was vain.” Hmm, I don’t know, I’ve met some pretty vain plants in my day… Anyhow, then he shoots her in the neck with a silenced pistol. Oh, snap! What about the baby?! The chapter ends with Pete just looking at the kid, with its “mouth sticky with cotton candy”. What’s gonna happen?!

Chapter Two: I think Chapter Two could have fit onto one page, but it’s spread over two, of course. Pete decides to leave a message in lipstick on the windshield of the woman’s car. He tosses around some ideas – “For Kenny” or “Petey Was Here” – before settling on “WCF”. I presume this stands for “Who Cares, Friend?” but I’m probably wrong.

It had been a long time coming, but he’d finally launched his master plan. He was exhilarated, because he was absolutely sure it would work. WCF, people. WCF.

In case you weren’t counting, that excerpt was 28 words, so imagine what a whole chapter looks like. I’m just sayin’. Most writers (or editors for that matter) would have included the events of chapter two in chapter one as there’s no change of scenery or character, so no need to waste paper with a chapter break. Sorry, I’m really trying to let go of this chapter length thing. 

OMG, did Pete kill the baby?!  Tune in tomorrow and (maybe) find out!
Go to Day Five.

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4 comments on “117 Days of James Patterson – Day Four

  1. Naomi Johnson
    May 3, 2010

    You're the bravest reader I know.

  2. Reggie Style
    May 3, 2010

    . . . or the most self-loathing.

  3. aaryn b.
    May 5, 2010

    WCF: Whole Corpus Flagellation.
    This is masochism, my friend. Pure altruistic masochism.

    Thank you.

  4. Nate
    May 24, 2010

    Is it not telling that — by the time we've read all 117 of your entries — not only will we have been much more entertained than you were, but you'll likely have exceeded his novel's word-count by quite a stretch.

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