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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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Weekend Writing Warriors – Sibling Revenge!

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Hello and Dzien dobry! as they say in here in Poland! Thanks for visiting my blog. The weekly blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for participating guidelines and the official list of Writing Warriors.

I present an excerpt from Love Conquers, my YA WIP. This snippet picks up several lines from the previous one. Having been summoned to the kitchen by her dad, Melissa walks and lets her sister have it for sneaking into her room and teasing her. It’s what she did in the last snippet I shared. Creative punctuation has been used to fit the 10-sentence limit, and is in Melissa’s POV:

Ashley and my dad turn to me as I enter the kitchen. Ashley is perched on the kitchen island, swinging her legs, and thumbs working away on her smartphone. 

I slam a balled fist into her arm as I pass her as she flashes me a smug-filled smile.

“Ow, what the fuck was that for?!”

“Melissa, what on earth has gotten into you?” Dad demands, jerking his coffee mug.

“She snuck into my room while I was sleepin’ scared the shit outta me,” I protest, pointing to the cause of my morning misery. “That’s the third time this week! Tell her to stop!”

His eyes shoot over to my little sister. “Ashley, did you tease your sister, again?”

Typical sibling rivalry! For those of you who’ve been in Dad’s situation, you can appreciate and understand! Your thoughts and feedback are most welcome! I’m visiting a mutual friend in Warsaw today, so I won’t be able to respond to comments until later.

On a personal note, I have been settling into my new life in Poland. It’s been a learning curve adjusting to a new culture, language as well as the new job! I have to admit it has been very stressful and challenging, but overall I am enjoying being abroad and glad I took this plunge. I’ve always wanted to teach abroad, and now I’m doing it!

Have a good weekend! Do widzenia!

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