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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 – The Good Sister

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Greetings all and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the place to share 8 sentences with like-minded writers. I just returned from Spain and I’ve missed you all!  I was traveling a lot over the last month, hence why I was absent from W.W.W. I’m offering an eight from my YA horror short story, The Burning Night. Many of you will remember the previous snippets from this, but this eight is from the beginning of the story – sort of ‘calm before the storm’ bit.

The set-up: 18-year-old Melissa is angry with her dad for making her spend a few days at a rented country house in upstate New York. She moping in her new room, when her younger sister comes in to check on her. This is in Melissa’s POV.

The eight:

Ashley walked in clad in a tank-top, and rainbow-dotted baby blue lounge pants. Her euphoria-draped face made me cringe as I wrinkled a brow.

“We’re in a creepy house in the middle of the woods, not at a slumber party, retard,” I uttered under my breath.  She ran one hand through her damp blonde hair before laying down on the bed beside me. Her smooth arm pressed against my arm, warming it instantly. I gazed at the fluffy black slippers on her feet as she crossed her ankles.

“Thought you’d be headin’ out with mom and dad,” I said.

“Nah, kinda awkward and when dad told me you were stayin’ here, I didn’t want ya to be alone.”

 

Aww, kinda sweet don’t you think? I’d love to know what you think, keeping in mind this is a first draft and I’m editing it as we speak. I look forward to reading your snippets, too. I may not get to that until this evening as the World Cup final is on today and my attention will be on that as I’m a soccer fanatic. I’m pulling for Argentina.

Click on the link above for the official list of participating authors. Happy Sunday everyone!

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