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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Love You, Mom.”

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Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors Click on the link for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors. Thanks for including me in your Sunday reading! In just a couple of weeks, I leave to start my new life teaching English in Poland!
I’m sharing a snippet from an untitled Young Adult WIP, which is formerly Due For Love. Same characters, just a different plot thanks to the advice of an author friend. This snippet takes place at the very beginning of the story, with the heroine, Melissa, waking up talking about the most precious thing to her. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

     I open my eyes, turn over in my bed and stare at a five-by-seven picture on my nightstand of my mother holding me in her arms when I was a year old. My dad used to take us to this park every Sunday, back in the good old days when we were living in my nation’s capital before life brought us to Cincinnati. During the warmer months, he and my mom would bring a blanket and a picnic basket and set up shop on the grass with the backdrop of the Potomac and the Washington skyline. One day, he decided to take a photo of her and I while we were sitting on a blanket.
     Dad says it’s the best photo of us and she’s never smiled so much in any other picture of her.
      It’s the only picture I have of her, and it’s the first thing I see every morning when I wake up no matter where in the world I am, and I never get out of bed without looking it. Her bright youthful smile and the way she caressed me, gives me the strength to face whatever crap life wants to throw at me that day.
     I trail a finger along the glass that protects the picture from dust. “Love you, Mom,” I whisper just I do every morning for the past thirteen years since her life was taken away from me by that drunk driver. I’ll continue the tradition every morning in my new dorm at UCLA when I move there in a few months.

Not a lot of action, but we learn quite a bit about Melissa in ten sentences. For the full blurb about the novel, click here.

Thoughts and feedback are most welcome as they will help with the revision stages. I will share more next week.

Sorry I’ve been away most of the summer. Busy getting ready for the big move, but it’s been a grand summer. I plan to keep participating once I’m across the Atlantic, so don’t fret! Enjoy your Sunday!

Question for my author friends: can anyone recommend some good online writing groups? Ones that help with perfecting writing craft/promotion, cover designs, etc. Feel free to include your recommendations in your comments? And thanks!

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Bitter End – A Definite Goodread

I write young adult fiction, and one way I research the genre is read YA books – lots of them. I learn the style as well as current adolescent trends. I also read novels from a variety of authors and one which I’ve recently finished reading stood out: Bitter End, by Jennifer Brown. I won’t go into the details of the synopsis, but the theme is abusive relationships.

I thought the author did a great job portraying the character’s emotions throughout the novel. Additionally, the dialogue between all the characters not only moved the story, but was powerful. What can really hook the reader is how the main character continued to stay with the abuser after each incident. Of course, when you read about the main character’s history you understand. I’ve always been told to create characters your readers will feel for, and I think this character fits the bill.

As I read the story, I recalled my previous marriage; my ex-wife isolated me a lot from my family and friends and even questioned where I had been. I reminded myself of how wise I was to stand up to her and end things before they got really bad (as if they hadn’t been bad enough). Having been in a similar situation, I could feel for the character and everything she went through. It shocks me at the number of people who stay in abusive relationships; I had several college classmates who often said their boyfriends got jealous of male friends. I knew one girl whose boyfriend wouldn’t let have any friends – he wanted her all to himself. When I asked why she didn’t stand up to him, she said, “I just want to make him happy.” I think she also lacked self-confidence and esteem. Anyways, even if the partner is just ‘jealous’ that can even lead to big problems down the road.

The book was published back in 2011, but it’s still worth reading. I definitely recommend it to anyone who’s been in an abusive relationship. Teens in general can learn what it’s like and how to prevent it. The author certainly knows her subject! So add this book to your reading list and click on her name, Jennifer Brown for more info on the book.

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Six Sunday – 01/20/13

Only one more round of Six Sunday after this week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Sundays won’t be the same. But thanks for spending part of your Sunday to check out my six. There are so many authors whose works I’ve enjoyed reading, even if it’s only six sentences. This week I’m sharing a six that features one more devastating detail about Cammy’s dad. I’m glad to see that many of you are feeling for Cammy as this how I’d like my readers to feel. In this six, Cammy has just told Ryan that after her mom died her dad developed a drinking problem and would often get drunk and hit her.  Ryan is the first to speak:

“Didn’t you tell anyone?”

“Wanted to, but he threatened me, saying he was the only one who could take care of me – such a load of shit!” She wiped a tear from her puffy face.

“Got to the point where I was afraid to go home after school. Course one night when I came home from my boyfriend’s house, he was wasted. Got pissed at me for bein’ late, so he threw me against the wall and punched my arm.”

Your comments are greatly appreciated, so thanks in advance. Visit the Six Sunday link, for the complete list of many authors, like myself.

 

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