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Notes on a scene from ‘The Bakery Assistant’

Here are some of the best reviews I got on a party scene at the end of Chapter 5 of ‘The Bakery Assistant’.  I appreciate the Houston Writers Guild and their critique circles for all their help.

By the end of the month I’ll post another scene from the novel I wrote for NaNoWritMo-50,000 words in 22 days.  I hope that you enjoy reading about Claire as much as I enjoy writing about her.

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A selection from ‘The Bakery Assistant’ written during NaNoWritMo

This is a scene I wrote during the NaNoWritMo challenge during November 2015.  Writers strive to write 50,000 words in 30 days-but I did it in 22.  Below is something that I find to be very good, and doesn’t ‘give away’ all of Claire Fischer’s secrets.  I’m still working on ‘The Bakery Assistant’ but I’ll finish it in 2016.  Until then I plan on posting tidbits so you can get a fell for my newest character.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.





There was something truly American about watching the fireworks celebrating our Nations birth while lounging on a picnic blanket under The Washington Monument. The irony wasn’t lost on me that my father would love this newfound country pride that had encroached around me after he died. My mother always found the nuanced traditions of the country overstated, she would have preferred to tour The National Zoo, or take a stroll around The National Botanical Garden.

If they were still able to take me to Baltimore I would have demanded to go to The Aquarium. My mother always told me that I must have been a mermaid in a past life considering my obsession with the entire universe under the waves. I’d never gone scuba diving because my father was claustrophobic, and submerging his entire body in water was not his idea of a good time. Although I could stand up right now, leave Aaron and our friends behind to travel to Bora Bora and live out my dreams of living under the sea.

Instead I gazed into my boyfriend’s ocean blue eyes.

“You know it’s not polite to stare,” Aaron said.

“You’re the one who’s staring,” I giggled and threw a handful of purple grapes at him.

Aaron chuckled in the late afternoon sunlight. Even in the heat he wore his beanie, and black jeans. Although he wore a plain white t-shirt that stuck to his abs when he leaned back and lay on army green picnic blanket and looked up at me.

He closed his sketchbook and put it under his head like a pillow, tossed the grapes in the air and caught them in his mouth, then threw me an overstuffed smirk before he crushed their tender skin with his teeth.

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Latest Feedback from ‘The Bakery Assistant’

I wrote 50,000 words in twenty-two days in the month of November, completing the NaNoWritMo 2015 challenge, and won first place in the Houston Writers Guild.


Last Wednesday I brought the first scene in the infamous ‘party scene’ that I wrote which includes characters named after two friends I’ve had since the eighth grade: Nikki and Corinne.

As with any first draft there will be some additions, subtractions, and spell checks that need to be done, but I did get some amazing feedback.  Here are some of the high praise that ‘That Bakery Assistant’ the tale of the tragically isolated Claire Fischer.


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Feedback on Chapter 5 of ‘The Bakery Assistant’

I took part on #NaNoWritMo2015 in which you write 50,000 words in thirty days.

I wrote 50,931 words by November 22.  All I did was write.  I didn’t go back to edit, nor did I check my spelling.

I brought the first nine pages that I wrote on November 1 to my critique circle.  They had been lightly edited before I posted them, but I’m currently brain dead so it was rather difficult.

Even though it needs to be edited further they were very pleased with the story and dialogue in particular.

You can check out my #NaNoWritMo stats here

See an excerpt of my New Adult novel ‘The Bakery Assistant’ here

Some of the best notes I received from my critique circle can be viewed below:


Where In The World Is Melissa Algood?

I’m having a busy month, not only am I participating in #NaNoWritMo (check out my word count NaNoWritMo)

but I will be participating in some signings, a poetry reading (as my alter ego Elizabeth Harris), and the release of my fifth short story ‘The End’.

Here are the dates/places/and times you can catch me.

Sunday November 15, 2015-  HWG Selling/Signing Books

City Center Houston, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024

The Houston Writers Guild will have a booth Fall Art Series from 2-6 PM. All books are by local authors, and I’ll be happy to sign any of mine you buy.

Houston Writers Guild

Thursday November 19, 2015-Release of ‘Eclectically Vegas, Baby’

The Wilde Collection, 1446 Yale St, Houston

My fifth short story, and first venture into sci-fi ‘The End’ is included in the latest release from Inklings Publishing. I’ll be there to sign and celebrate with the other authors included in the collection. There will be card games and amazing prizes other than the joy of getting me to sign your book.

Inklings Publishing

Sunday November 22, 2015- Spider Road Press Poetry Reading

EQ Heights (Café), 1030 Heights Blvd., Houston

Spider Road Press is celebrating its collection ‘In The Questions’ which was the hard work of many different women. I’ll be reading my poem ‘Snowfall’ along with other accomplished poets while we snack on treats.

Thank you to all the donors that made the collection possible.

Spider Road Press


Watch me write a novel in a month

I’ve been writing since I was eleven, and I never thought that I’d be able to complete a novel.  Before my 30th birthday I’d finished my first novel ‘Blood On The Potomac’ which is currently in the editing stage with my publisher.  It took me two years to write.

My second novel ‘Everything That Counts’, which I’m currently sending out to agents, took me a year to write.

I’ve been working on ‘The Bakery Assistant’ for about five months, but I plan on finishing it in one month.  When November is over the novel will have 81,681 words, hopefully they’ll all be in the English language, and I will begin editing for my critique circle.

Accepting my award for my flash fiction piece 'Thomas' shortly after my 31st birthday.
Accepting my award for my flash fiction piece ‘Thomas’ shortly after my 31st birthday.

You can read the first chapter of the novel ‘The Bakery Assistant’ which I’ll be finishing during NaNoWritMo here.

Check out my word count here.