I'M SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE WITH THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE BADLINGS!!!
One more chapter done today, two more to go. Here is a little except:
"Forgetting danger, Bells slowly pulled herself to standing, first one leg, then another. The ground held her. Assured, she propped both hands on her hips, raised her chin up, and stared at Mad Tome, hoping it felt the heat of her wrath. “I’m saying, you’re just a pile of stupid pages.”
“Stupid pages, am I?” Rustled Mad Tome.
“No, I’m sorry. I got it wrong.” She flipped her ponytail for confidence.
Mad Tome gaped, curious, torn corners of its mouth curling.
“You are a dumb wart on the face of literature.” Bells cleared her throat and raised her tone a notch. “You’re not even a book, you’re a helter-skelter mindlessly put together heap of misplaced story fragments that is shamelessly boasting and bragging about its grandiose importance of making children read more books by dragging those of us who for some reason abandoned one book or the other inside and making us suffer through bits of stories, when in fact it does nothing of the sort. It has, I’m sorry to inform you, a diametrically opposite effect.”
Mad Tome stared.
“You have terrified us out of our minds, and we will now avoid these books like a plague.” She paused. “Well, maybe not. I kind of liked Bluebeard, actually, as gory as it was.”