Author Archives: Frank Fisher

About Frank Fisher

Canadian author of YA and contemporary fiction, living somewhere in Kentucky.

Weekend Writing Warriors – Dirty Little Secrets

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Thanks for visiting! 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.

Well, this is a record. I’m participating for the second consecutive week! I’m offering an excerpt from my new WIP, Do for Love (formerly Cruel Summer), a coming-of-age YA contemporary that takes place in Cincinnati.

This weeks’ snippet starts a few lines down from last week’s one. Melissa’s dad insists on meeting Ashley’s new beau. Fumed at her little sister for messing with her phone, Melissa threatens to tell her new boyfriend about her dirty little secrets.

The snippet begins as Melissa lists Ashley’s secrets. Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit:

“Like how you never went out trick-or-treating on Halloween cuz the costumes freaked you out,” I tower over Ashley with folded arms.

“Oooh, big threat,” she paws the air.

“And how you used to wet your bed.”

Her brows fly up as she twists the hem of her pajama pants.

“And that you’re really, really ticklish.”

With both eyes bulging, she cringes in her chair as I reach for her feet, wiggling my fingers.

“Aaah, no, don’t”, she cries, leaping out of the chair like it suddenly became hot and burned her butt.

“May I remind you that you are also ticklish,” Dad cuts in, “a trait which you both apparently have inherited from your late mother.”

My mind instantly travels back to the days when Chris would pin me on the couch and tickle my feet relentlessly, while my dad and Ashley would delightfully watch me struggle and squeal.

“Damn it,” I utter under my breath.

 

Blurb: When her younger sister starts dating a young man with a dark side, life turns upside down for Melissa. She’ll need the help from the last person she would go to – her ex-boyfriend.

Looks like Melissa has got some secrets of her own! Guess she better hush if she knows what’s good for her!

Thank you in advanced for reading and providing constructive feedback!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Ashley’s New Boyfriend

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Happy Easter! 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.

Guess who’s back? I’m so glad to be participating after my longest absence ever! I’m offering an excerpt from my new WIP, Do for Love (formerly Cruel Summer), which is a coming-of-age YA contemporary that takes place in Cincinnati.

In this snippet, Melissa and Ashley are eating breakfast when their dad asks to meet Ashley’s new boyfriend, Logan.

This is Melissa’s POV and creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit:

Ashley looks at Dad with surprise as he goes on about how Logan’s parents are likely curious to meet her. The funny thing is, she hasn’t mentioned one word about them yet.

The pink in her cheeks vanishes instantly, replaced by milky paleness. She tucks her legs under her, sitting cross-legged in the chair and blinking rapidly at Dad, while twirling her hair with one finger. A piece of black fabric from her slippers falls off the bottom of her right foot and tumbles to the floor, as she rubs her toes.

I’m not sure why she’s nervous about Dad wanting to meet Logan, especially since she’s been dating him for almost two weeks. Dad insisted on meeting Chris after only a week. If he knew about the pics of her and Logan making out on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, he’d surely have wanted to meet him sooner.

“This is your first boyfriend, honeycake,” Dad says soothingly, “I simply want to meet the special boy in my little princess’s life.”

Since when is she his little princess? I’m the eldest, why can’t I be his princess?

 

Blurb: When her younger sister starts dating a young man with a dark side, life turns upside down for Melissa. She’ll need the help from the last person she would go to – her ex-boyfriend.

Well I think Melissa is entitled to being the little princess. FYI, Chris is Melissa’s ex, who will play an important role in the story. Thoughts and feedback are much appreciated!

I’m so sorry I’ve been away for all this time! The new life, which I embarked on last September, has not been as kind to me as I was hoping, and as a result kept me from participating and writing in general. However, I will soon embark on a new chapter, one of which I have been dreaming about for many years. Details of that will come at a time of my choosing. I hope you are all well! Life has not been the same without the magic of W.W.W.

Thanks for visiting me today, and I look forward to reading your lovely snippets!

Frank

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Be Responsible on St. Paddy’s Day

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I thought I would take a different approach to blogging about St. Paddy’s Day. In the past, I’ve talked about its significance and what it means to me. But this year, I thought I’d focus on why most of us look forward to it: drinking!

With St. Paddy’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, you’ll likely plan on a day-long party with your friends and/or significant others. And by no means am I against you drinking! It’s Saturday, go out, paint the town black. Just be responsible and have a plan. Ensure you have a designated driver, and have someone watch out for you in case you end up doing something you wouldn’t normally do when you’re sober.

I do want to stress on having a D.D. You can be sure the police will be out on full force, and you wouldn’t want to wake up with a criminal record. If you know you’re going to go all out, leave your car at home, use Uber or whatever your poison is to get home. It might seem like a hassle, but it will be totally worth it. Oh and…

Honor Thy Bartender

Mike_Fisher (2 of 4) Seriously. Wherever your watering hole happens to be, please nice your barkeep. They’re going to be overworked. Tip them well, and if you happen to be unlucky enough to be cut off, don’t argue. They’re not being mean, they’re just doing their job and making sure the law doesn’t get involved. I was a bartender for a few years, and I remember having to work a St. Paddy’s Day. It was one of the most stressful days as a bartender, and I almost passed out from constantly ringing orders. I even got a mouthful when I cut a few patrons off, or refused to serve them because they showed up at my bar already intoxicated. So please, please, love thy bartender this St. Paddy’s Day.

So stay safe this St. Paddy’s Day, and be sure to have a pint of the black stuff. It’s not St. Paddy’s Day without it!

Cheers!

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