Posts Tagged With: sisters

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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Weekend Writing Warriors – “Why You Little!”

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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. Hard to believe we’re into the iconic last weekend of summer. Alas, it’s my last weekend in Canada. Bags packed, passport, plane ticket in hand.
I’m continuing with my YA WIP entitled, Love Conquers (I can’t believe I came up wiith a title so fast). Full blurb can be found here.

Last week, the story kicked off with Melissa reminiscing about her late mother. This week, she discovers that her little sister has snuck into her room. POV is entirely in Melissa’s. Please note that this is a first draft and the snippet is formatted to meet the ten sentence rule.

      A snort fills the air from below, followed by familiar laughter exhaling through the nose.
     I suddenly notice my door is open just enough for someone to peek inside, which shouldn’t be because I always shut every night before going to bed.
     Sitting up, my eyes furrow at the door. “What the hell?”
     My body freezes as I hear a chuckle, my eyes following it downward. Someone’s in my room! Someone five-foot-something with my banana blond hair, aquamarine eyes and a small mole on her chin.
     “Ashle-”
     My younger sister, Ashley, springs from the side of my bed like a Jack-in-the-Box, squeals, and pounces on me as I let out a shriek. My heart goes into a storm of pounding, a struggle ensues as I try to wrestle my sixteen-year-old, soon-to-be dead sister off me.

Ashley has a habit of pranking her sister. And Melissa not being a morning person won’t be pleased. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome.

I’m spending my last weekend in North America volunteering at a local ribfest (a festival dedicated to ribs). I’ve done it the last two years and absolutely love it. I will continue to share snippets once I arrive in Poland. Depending on how my arrival goes, I plan to participate next weekend. I might be physically far away but I’m with you all in spirit!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Dirty Little Secrets

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Thanks for visiting! The weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the links for participation guidelines, as well as the official list of participating authors.

Well, this is a record. I’m participating for the second consecutive week! I’m offering an excerpt from my new WIP, Do for Love (formerly Cruel Summer), a coming-of-age YA contemporary that takes place in Cincinnati.

This weeks’ snippet starts a few lines down from last week’s one. Melissa’s dad insists on meeting Ashley’s new beau. Fumed at her little sister for messing with her phone, Melissa threatens to tell her new boyfriend about her dirty little secrets.

The snippet begins as Melissa lists Ashley’s secrets. Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit:

“Like how you never went out trick-or-treating on Halloween cuz the costumes freaked you out,” I tower over Ashley with folded arms.

“Oooh, big threat,” she paws the air.

“And how you used to wet your bed.”

Her brows fly up as she twists the hem of her pajama pants.

“And that you’re really, really ticklish.”

With both eyes bulging, she cringes in her chair as I reach for her feet, wiggling my fingers.

“Aaah, no, don’t”, she cries, leaping out of the chair like it suddenly became hot and burned her butt.

“May I remind you that you are also ticklish,” Dad cuts in, “a trait which you both apparently have inherited from your late mother.”

My mind instantly travels back to the days when Chris would pin me on the couch and tickle my feet relentlessly, while my dad and Ashley would delightfully watch me struggle and squeal.

“Damn it,” I utter under my breath.

 

Blurb: When her younger sister starts dating a young man with a dark side, life turns upside down for Melissa. She’ll need the help from the last person she would go to – her ex-boyfriend.

Looks like Melissa has got some secrets of her own! Guess she better hush if she knows what’s good for her!

Thank you in advanced for reading and providing constructive feedback!

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