Weekend Writing Warriors – Melissa’s Dilemma #8Sunday


Thanks for visiting me on this gorgeous Sunday! The weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the links for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. First time to Weekend Writing Warriors? Not sure which blogs to visit? May I suggest you visit Amy Braun, Jessica E. Subject, Veronica Scott and Caitlin Stern.

I continue with my YA novel, Due for Love (tentative title for now). We are at the start of a new chapter, where Melissa is pacing through every room at her house while looking for a job. The stress of trying to earn some much-needed extra cash has her restlessly pacing around her house, when she suddenly remembers a chore she needs to do. The snippet is in first-person and has been formatted to fit the 10 sentence rule:

       I’ve toured every room in the house including the bedrooms of Ashley and Dad, risking verbal beatings from both whilebrowsing through job postings and Facebook. My heart is racing like one of those Japanese bullet trains as I pace around the kitchen, and I’m now regretting that fifth cup of coffee at breakfast. On top of that, my eyes are stinging from an overdose of blue light, increasing the already likelihood of needing glasses by the time I’m 25.

       After putting my tablet on sleep mode, I suck in a breath as my eyes meet a message to me from my dad on the dry erase board by the fridgereminding me to water all the plants today.

        “Aw shit,” I pound the countertop, causing Dasher to jump and scat out of the kitchen. “How the fuck did I forget?”

        It’s my turn to water the plants, and because Dad checks to make sure Ashley and I have done our chores, I’ll be grounded if I don’t.
         I’m greeted by the sun’s UV rays stinging my skin as I come through the door frame into my backyard with a full watering can. Intense heat quickly seeps through the bottoms of my feet the moment I step onto the deck. “Aaahh, ow, ow,” I hop around, enduring a blistering hot foot.

Ouch! Guess she should’ve put one some shoes! Luckily, it will be be a very brief hot foot. I’ll continue with this scene next week where someone from Melissa’s past will appear. In case you are wondering, Melissa needs to earn extra money as she is moving to California for college, but her father refuses to help her move her stuff so she needs to find another way. FYI, Dasher is Melissa’s cat.

Well, I have some exciting news for you all! I have accepted a new job teaching English in Poland. I’ll be living in a small city 40 miles from Warsaw. The job starts in September and I’m very excited as I have been dreaming of teaching English abroad for many years! Don’t worry, as I will continue to share snippets from across the Atlantic. Since I’ve had a rough year in Ottawa, I feel that this opportunity has come as a blessing! Though I will miss living in the capital of my country.

Happy Sunday everyone!

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21 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – Melissa’s Dilemma #8Sunday

  1. I never knew that watering plants could be hazardous to the feet. Learn something every day.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Thank you for the recommendation! This is a cute insight into her life, and the setting. 🙂

  3. Nice snippet. Great visuals here – it’s easy to picture this scene.

  4. Congratulations on the new job! Enjoyed the snippet – she’s certainly ratcheting up her own anxiety as she moves through the house. Thanks for the mention 🙂

    • Thank you, Veronica! Melissa’s preoccupation of raising funds is part of what is stopping her from achieving what she wants in the story.

  5. Nice use of the senses, Frank.

    Congrats on the new job! How exciting! I am so glad, though, that the internet has made the world much smaller. 🙂

    • Yes, I’m very excited as well! Thanks to the internet, we’ve got participants from around the world, so I’m happy I’ll be able to keep on with the action!

  6. julieevelynjoyce

    Wow, congrats on the new job! What an adventure that will be. I’m sorry Ottawa has been rough on you. 😦 We’ll have to make good on that meet-up before you head off to Poland. Oh, and excellent work on this snippet!

    • Thanks for the comments! I’m very excited to be doing something I’ve always wanted to do! I will miss living in Ottawa though, it’s been a great city. It was more the job that I came to that let me down.

      Make that meet-up soon! I leave town in July.

  7. Congratulations on the new job – how exciting! Great snippet, I’ve never had that problem watering indoor plants myself – but then I live in the chilly UK!

  8. Congratulations on the new job – how exciting! Great snippet, I’ve never had that problem watering indoor plants myself – but then I live in the chilly UK!

    • Melissa lives in Cincinnati where the summers can get excruciatingly hot. Thank you for the nice words!

  9. I kinda feel like the poor kid is trying to hard haha

    • Melissa is trying too hard. She is the kind of person that will do whatever it takes even if it means doing it herself.

  10. Diane Burton

    Congrats on the new job. Poland will be quite a change from Ottawa. Good snippet. I’m curious where this is going.

    • Thanks Diane! Poland will be a big change, but I’ve lived in several countries before so I am ready for the challenge!

  11. Last minute chore completion. Wonder if she’ll get it done in time!

    • Oh she’ll get it done. She’s just mad that she forgot to do it in the morning when it was a bit cooler.

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