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Weekend Writing Warriors – Heartbroken

 

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This is the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone and thanks for visiting my blog! I’m glad I’ve finally found a free Sunday to be with you all!

I’m sharing a snippet from my YA WIP, Love Conquers. Unfortunately, it’s not a holiday season read. Full blurb can be found by clicking the Love Conquers page on my blog.

This snippet takes place in a flashback where heroine, Melissa, recalls the day after her boyfriend dumped her. She has been in bed all day, heartbroken. Creative editing has been used to meet the sentence limit.

I’m sprawled out in the middle of my king size bed, the side of my face planted on my pillow as I stare at the picture of me and Mom. I haven’t taken my eyes off it for an hour. What I wouldn’t give to have her here right now so she can hold me. “What am I gonna do, Mom?” I whimper with hundreds of memory bubbles bursting at once in my head. They fuel the pain that’s been crushing my heart. Every passionate moment I spent with him over three years is gone. Just gone, and I can never get it back.
My blankets and sheets are twisted like I haven’t left my bed for days as I dig my fingers into the pillow case. Actually, I haven’t left this bed at all except for a couple of trips to the bathroom.

 

Normally, my snippets include dialogue, but I thought a little narrative description would be nice. I consider myself weak in this area, so your feedback will be very helpful!

Anyway, poor Melissa! Her breakup with her boyfriend is important to the story as it plunges her into a rough situation later in the story. More from this scene next week, I hope!

In other news, I have officially decided that I’m going to leave Poland after contract finishes. I like it here, but not enough to stay another year. I’m not sure where I will end up, but I would like some more adventure abroad. Living abroad, for me, the best experience anyone can get – if they are fortunate enough to have it of course!

Thanks for your comments!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Watch Your Step!

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It’s the first edition of 2019 for the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Happy New Year everyone and thanks for visiting my blog!
I’m sharing a snippet from my YA WIP, Love Conquers. Unfortunately, it’s not a holiday season read. Full blurb can be found by clicking the Love Conquers page on my blog.
In this snippet, Melissa accidently steps on a thumbtack at home. Believing it to be a prank by her younger sister, Ashley, she takes it out on her when she comes to her aid. Creative editing has been used to meet the sentence limit.

       I take another step when something hard impales my foot. “Oww,” I grab my foot and hop around on the other, filling the air with every cuss word in the book.

       “Mel, are you okay?” Ashley’s voice sails from upstairs as I eventually lose my balance and collapse on the floor.

       Footsteps drum the staircase, and my eyes catch my sister, clad in a tank top and sky-blue pajama pants, racing toward me with a healthy mix of fright and concern in her aquamarine eyes.

       I spot a thumbtack lying on the floor, and then glare at her. “You little bitch,” I slam a balled fist into her foot, but she manages to jerk it out of her slipper just as my fist pounds the fuzzy black fabric.

       “Hey, what the fuck is your problem?” Ashley demands, sliding her foot back into her slipper.

        “Don’t play stupid with me, I’m gonna need a fuckin’ tetanus shot!”

 

Oh the agony of de-feet! Looks like Ashley is in trouble! What will Melissa do to her? More from this scene next time. Be sure to visit the blogs of other participating writers today.

On a personal note, my trip to Egypt was amazing! One of the best countries I’ve been to, despite the security situation there. I thought I would share a photo from the trip. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Surprise Attack?

Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Happy holidays everyone, or Wesołych Świat as they say here in Poland!

I’m very happy I finally found some time to participate today after all these months. I’m sharing a snippet from my YA WIP, Love Conquers. Unfortunately, it’s not a holiday season read. Full blurb can be found by clicking the Love Conquers page on my blog.

This snippet comes from the beginning of a new chapter, where my heroine, Melissa, comes home late one evening. She suddenly realizes her younger sister, Ashley, is home and thinks she’s going to jump out of nowhere and scare her (which she likes to do). And since their dad is out for the evening, Melissa doesn’t have anyone to help her. She sneaks through the living room, hoping to avoid a surprise attack. Creative editing has been used to meet the sentence limit.

         I tiptoe through the hall, keeping away from the hall closet, my eyes on searchlight mode for any signs of my sister lurking as I pass the dining room on my left. My heart goes wild and muscles tense in the process as I near the living room couch. The motor of the fridge hums peacefully in the kitchen, punctuating the uncomfortable silence.

         “Dad? Mel?” Ashley’s voice startles me as it sails from upstairs. “Is that you?”
          “Thank God,” I let out a sigh, “she can’t spook me.”

           It suddenly hits me I had nothing to worry about in the first place, since Ashley never leaves her room if she’s home by herself. For some reason, solitude in an empty house big enough for a family of five freaks her out, and the company of Troye Sivan and Taylor Swift posters, as well as blue décor and Spotify keep her from going insane until one of us comes home. She’s also got Mr. Whiffles, her stuffed teddy bear that our late mother gave to her when she was two, as a backup.

There isn’t a lot of action, but the reader learns a bit about Ashley. At least, there was no surprise attack.

Your feedback is most welcome and appreciated! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and be sure to visit other participating authors as well!

This will be my last participation on W.W.W. for 2018, as next week is my last week of teaching before the holidays. I’m off to Egypt next weekend to marvel at the pyramids and ancient temples during my break! Veronica Scott, you will likely be interested to hear this! I’ve always wanted to see Egypt as I’ve been fascinated with Ancient Egypt forever!

To my fellow author friends: I’ve been doing very well over the last few months, enjoying life in Poland, though the job can be very busy and stressful at times, hence why I haven’t participated. I take things one day at a time. All and all, it has been a great life-changing experience!

Happy Holidays everyone and Happy New Year! See you in 2019! Do widzenia!

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