Still Cutting Breakfast (Rev. with Hint)

So I’ve been cutting the hell out of the breakfast scene, and it’s no longer 4400 words. Now it’s 3400. Which means I need to go back in there and hack some more, at least another 600 words, plus I need to add a couple of sentences from the lunch scene. So it’s gonna be awhile. In the meantime, there’s an Easter Egg in the drafts you’ve read so far. In all honesty, I don’t expect anybody to get it because the reference is to a book I published more than a decade ago and it’s really, really obscure. On the other hand, you like puzzles. So there’s a single word in the stuff you’ve read so far that ties this book to some of my other stories.

If nobody gets it by tomorrow night this time, I’ll tell you what the word is. And it’ll still be obscure. When I plant an Easter Egg, I plant it deep.

ETA:
Yeah, it’s too obscure. I’ll give you the word:

Giordano

46 thoughts on “Still Cutting Breakfast (Rev. with Hint)

  1. “Double order of potstickers” jumped out at me the first time I read the scene, reminding me of Charlie All Night. But maybe that’s just a theme of yours…

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    1. I don’t really know. If it is, it’s because I didn’t realize it.
      One word Easter Egg. One word.
      Honestly, it’s so obscure I’ll probably end up giving two hints before anybody gets to it.

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  2. So, are you saying that Nick is Tilda’s great, great, great… relative? I’ll check Faking it in the morning.

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    1. Uncle. SO far back. Luca Giordano was Nick’s half brother on his mother’s side.
      It amused me greatly to do that.

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          1. There you go.
            It’s in the first act, but I don’t think I got that far posting. And he was only a Cardinal when Nick’s mother went to see him to plead with him not to prosecute her father for selling him a forged painting. Listen, when I do a back story, I do a back story. 99% of which will not appear in the book.

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          2. No, the Goodnight’s had a crooked painter/forger/conman with a beautiful and equally bent daughter.

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          3. No, I’m sorry, I still have questions (and really sorry for the many, disjointed comments; my mind seems to be working in bursts this last week). Nick’s mom is the daughter of a Giordano…the brother is named Giordano…Nick is named Giordano…I’m assuming the woman did not marry? Cause if she did, then she would have taken her husband’s name? Which I hope wasn’t Giordano?

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          4. She never married. I think I had Artemisia Gentileschi in the back of my mind for a placeholder for her, although Gentileschi married for awhile. Dominica was in a different situation; her father wasn’t part of the aristocracy and her mother was a Moor, so that would have been an issue. But she was very beautiful and very talented as a painter/forger/grifter and her father adored her as did both of her sons, so she had a pretty good life. She lived to 72, still forging paintings and having affairs (think Sarah Bernhardt). And she poisoned the two men who killed Nick. I think she had a pretty good life, aside from losing her son when he was 29.

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  3. Maybe they stole nails at the Crucifixion? Giordano has been ringing in my head like an earworm. I’ll be doing nothing and it pops into my auditory senses. I even looked it up last week. It translates as Jordan.

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  4. I love the back story! I keep giggling to myself at work… If the men with the butterfly nets come and get me, it will be worth it.

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    1. Well, there’s Dominica and the Borgia Pope, and then under them is Nick, and then there’s nothing for five hundred years and then Nick marries Nita.
      It’s not a big chart . . .

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      1. Well, there is a second branch under Dominica. Her second son, a 450-500 year or so lapse, and then Tilda’s dad and the rest of the Goodnights, right?

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        1. There’s also the guy who got caught and necessitated the name change and the move to America. And the greatgrandma who slept with Mussolini to sell him a Van Gogh. I’m trying to remember some of the other things Tilda told Davy when they were, uh, coming clean with each other. She went down a list as I remember, but I haven’t looked back at that book in years.

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  5. Sigh, I know you don’t put backstory into your novels, but yours are so rich and interesting, when you mention them, I always end up wishing you’d turn your backstory into a novel, so I’d actual get to read them.

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    1. But then I’d have to have a back story for that . . . . It’s a slippery slope.
      Really, as long as I know it, most of it can stay in the back. And Button does find some of it.

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  6. Oh! Does this mean that if/when you do Nadine and Alice’s books, there’s a chance that Nita and Nick will make a cameo appearance?

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    1. Nope. No reason. Plus mixing supernatural and every day is probably not a good idea. It’s just an Easter Egg. Most people aren’t going to notice and it’s not important to the story.

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