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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday – Melissa Can’t Win

The first Weekend Writing Warriors of November is here. Click on the link to see how you can join us, or to see who else is participating today. I hope you all had a great Halloween, whether it was trick-or-treating with the kids, or a classic Halloween party. Time to look to Thanksgiving, Christmas and most of all NaNoWriMo. I’m offering a snippet from The Burning Night. This will be the last snippet I share from this story before moving on to a WIP.

In this scene, Melissa is arguing with her dad about staying at the country house. This is in Melissa’s POV and she is the first to speak:

“Why couldn’t you let me stay home? I’m eighteen!”

He looked up with his signature intimidating smile. “My teenage daughter…alone for three days in our house that’s worth three hundred thousand, hmmmm…”

I let out a heavy sigh, knowing where this was going. Gee Dad, way to be a dick!

“I fail to see the logic in that scenario, so if you think I’m going to take that chance, you’ve got another thing coming, young lady. Besides, this is a family vacation, and I want us all together. You want to go to college in Los Angeles, but you can’t take in a few days out in the country, this I cannot di-”

“Don’t make that comparison, Dad!”

Lots of tension here. It seems like poor Melissa can’t win. Their relationship changes as the story progresses. Well, I’d love to know your thoughts. I will be away from W.W.W. as I will be out of town for the weekend. Have a fantastic Sunday!

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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8sunday – “Mommy’s Here”

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This is Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly snippet-sharing blog hop. Go to the website for the list of participating authors. Today is also my birthday! My fourth in the United States, and I’m celebrating it with my surfing club. I won’t tell you how old I am, though.

I’m offering another snippet from The Burning Night. This is an earlier scene from the previous snippets. Here, Melissa’s mother comes into her room and informs her that she and Melissa’s dad will be going out for the evening, leaving Melissa with her sister, Ashley. This is in Melissa’s POV.

A waft of perfume floated across the room. Estee Lauder. It had to be. It was her favorite.

“OK, have fun,” I deadpanned. She pushed my hair away from my face. A tingling of peace raced through me as her fingers trailed down my cheek.

“Come on sweetie, what’s really bothering you?”

“I’m…really scared, Mom. Somethin’ about this place, like, creeps me out, I…I dunno what it is.”

Too bad her mother thinks it’s all in Melissa’s head. You kinda feel for Melissa at this point. Well what works, what doesn’t? Thanks for visiting my blog. I probably won’t get to commenting until tonight, given my busy day today.

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Giving Thanks

As we all settle down to a lovely turkey dinner with our loved ones today, we all should give thanks. And I mean this on a deeper level. Yes it’s great to give thanks to all in our company, but the thanks should go beyond the household. Give thanks to all those that have made an impact in your lives, as well as all the great things you have in the world. If you think about this for a minute or two, you’ll be able to come up with a lengthy list.

For me, I am thankful for my family and friends, both near and far away. I am thankful for all my professors who have helped me learn this semester and for their never-ending efforts. I am grateful to be living in a country under democracy with one of the highest standards in the world. A country that allows me such great freedom. And most importantly, I thank this country for allowing me the opportunity to earn my second college degree, which I hope to return the favor one day.

I am thankful for the wonderful writers I have met through Romance Writers of America and Weekend Writing Warriors. Your constant support and critiques have influenced my stories and my writing skills. You also assure me that I am not alone in this world of story-telling. Even though I have not actually met a lot of you personally, you are still my friends.

I give thanks for being in great health, and being able to walk everyday. I give thanks for having food to eat, and clean water to drink. I am just grateful to have these things, which we often take for granted. I give thanks to my country, Canada, for giving me a great start in life and allowing me to grow into the man I am today. Finally, I give thanks to God, who is always there guiding me, challenging me and loving me. He listens to me, even when I don’t actually speak to Him because he knows that I am thinking of Him – Thank you Lord!

So I hope you will eat well, and give thanks to all the people and things you have in this world.

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