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Weekend Writing Warriors – the Mystery Man

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for the official list of participating writers. You’ll also find me on Facebook’s Snippet Sunday. Happy Holidays all! I’m continuing from last week’s snippet from Driving Me Wild. In case you missed it, the previous snippet can be found here.

In this snippet, Melissa’s friend, Cass, tickles here for not telling her about the guy she met on a dating app. Cass eventually lets Melissa catch her breath but keeps her pinned down. Melissa hands Cass her phone so she can see the mystery man’s profile. She discovers more surprising things about him (she and Melissa saw him in a restaurant). So here it is:

She brings the phone closer to her face, jaw falling again. “It’s that guy from Skyline! You matched with him? And accordin’ to this, you’ve been, like, textin’ him for a week?” She turns to me with eyes flashing with frisky evil.

I gulp. “Oh no!”

“Oh yeeeees, now you’re gonna get it!”

“Nooooooo!” I try to grab her wrists, but she’s too fast, and goes for my feet. I burst into a Category 5 laughing-flailing frenzy, flapping my arms like crazy, as her sharp nails wreak havoc on every nerve ending in my feet.

That’s the snippet. The rest of the excerpt goes like this:

“Caaaaaass, you-your naaaails! S-s-stoooooop!!”

“You brought this on yourself,” she cheeps.

I can barely breathe and I’m twisting and like I’m being electrocuted. My ribs are throbbing from laughter overkill, and you could probably hear me from the parking lot.

Melissa is getting let off easy, but she wouldn’t agree. Maybe this will learn her, huh? More from this the next time I participate. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome!

Unfortunately, me and the little lady didn’t go skiing. Stupid lack of snow; never comes when I want it to. Thanks for visiting! Wishing you love and peace this holiday season. COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate it this year, but it hasn’t taken away the magic of it all.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Opps!

Hello and Happy Holidays! It’s great to be back on Weekend Writing Warriors after my hiatus! Many apologies, but I’ve been working two jobs these past few months! I hope you are just about set to celebrate what will be a “different” Christmas this year!

Today, I’m sharing a snippet from my WIP Driving Me Wild. The blurb can be found on the My Novel tab of my homepage. In this snippet, my heroine, Melissa, is spending a Cincinnati summer’s evening with her best friend, Cass, in a park. She has an upcoming date with a young man named Logan, and she wants to tell her friend about it. However, Melissa has been keeping Logan a secret from her (she met him online).

The snippet begins with Cass’s reaction after Melissa breaks the news of her date. This is in Melissa’s POV, and has been modified to meet the 10-sentence limit. So here it is:

Cass blinks rapidly before dropping her jaw, revealing a fully coated blue tongue thanks to her blueberry slushy. “Shut up? That’s so…hey, wait? You, like, hooked up with a guy, and didn’t even tell me?”

I swallow a big lump in my throat and shrug. “Uh…oops?”

I catch mischief glowing in her eyes just before she pounces on me, knocking me off my feet. The second I land backside on the grass she pins me down and tickles my stomach and armpits relentlessly. I go into a squall of uncontrollable guffawing and flailing. “I-I-I’m sorry,” I cry out in between laughing.

Well, ‘oops’ is certainly an understatement here. Oh, that Melissa. Keeping things from people is something she has to learn from. Will Cass give her a break? Find out in next week’s session!

I’d love to know what you think, as it will help during the editing stage!

I hope to participate next week before Christmas. I’m off to do some skiing with my girlfriend next week! Other than work, I’ve been keeping sane during the pandemic, and hope you have too. I’ve been learning acrylic painting for the last few months, and last week I finally finished my first painting (I worked on it for 2 days). I’m really into tropical seascapes.

Anyways, enjoy your Sunday, and thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Frank

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Weekend Writing Warriors/#Snippet Sunday – The Question

 

Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for the official list of participating writers to get your fix of snippets. I’m also participating on Facebook’s Snippet Sunday. Thanks for visiting my blog!

I’m continuing from my WIP, Driving Me Wild.  We’re into a different chapter of the story. Melissa is texting what will soon be her new boyfriend, Logan, via a dating app (they haven’t met in person yet) while shopping in a grocery store. At this point they are getting to know each other. One question catches Melissa off guard, resulting in a faux pas. Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit. Enjoy:

 

      I wince as the sound of cans clanking into metal carts and whining kids break my concentration. I pass the dairy section, my face glued to my phone, earning me ‘hey, watch where you’re goings’ from shoppers.

      Another question flashes on the screen as I enter the beverage aisle, asking me if I’m ticklish and accompanied by a winking emoji.

      I stub my toes on a stack of boxed soda cans, yelp and hop on one foot, winning a cackle and teasing gestures from a couple of small kids.

      I shift away from them, grimacing until the pain subsides.

      “Oh no,” I moan as I read Logan’s question. My nerves rush like rapids because my feet are extremely ticklish, and one brush with a feather is more than enough to make me squeal and twitch.

      Just great, I finally meet a decent guy on this site, and he’s tickle-happy.

      Three and a half years of random, relentless tickling by my ex is enough, so I end up texting Logan I’m not. “Wait, what I’m I doin’?”

 

Lying to someone you haven’t even met? Not good! Unfortunately, this isn’t the only time Melissa lies in the story. Still, a little humor helps with the COVID-19 situation. Constructive feedback is always appreciated!

I have some happy news to report during these uncertain times. After a couple of months of studying, I passed my travel counselor’s exam this week. This means I can legally sell travel services in my province. I used to be in the travel industry, and I want to return to it after this whole thing calms down.

Happy Sunday!

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