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A collection of snippets of the books I write and, occasionally, my life and the things that inspire my writing...

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors August 26, 2018


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!


It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is in a room on the ship with a portal she can see the outside through. She's recalling Earth's alien invasion. Last week's snippet ended with:
And that had to be done not by soldiers, but by housewives and teachers, mill workers, grocery store clerks...moms, dads, and grandparents, fighting for our lives."
          This week's snippet continues from there:
 
Even if we’d found a reliable way to make kill shots through their armor, that helix weapon they used was unbeatable. It was some kind of directed energy, and nothing, nothing at all could defend against it.

Tears ran down her face. Maybe if we’d gone nuclear on them? But we’d waited, fearing detonation on our own soil. Then we’d waited until it was too late, and instead of self-destruction, they destroyed us.

Behind Lily, the door opened. She didn’t turn to see who it was. It could have been any of the Chays or the Sand. Thoughts were silent.  Clawed hands came from behind, resting on her shoulders.


  That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors August 12, 2018


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is in a room on the ship with a portal she can see the outside through. She'srecalling an astronomy class she'd taken, and how young and idealistic she and her classmates had been, how they would have welcomed E.T.s with open arms.
          This week's snippet continues from there:
 
Then their teacher had shared an essay by a well-respected scientist. In it, the author posited that when we’d launched our little welcome wagon, the Golden Record, out into space, we’d essentially sent an invitation to be conquered. We’d notified any aggressive cultures that we were weak, na├»ve, and incapable of self-defense. We were ripe for the harvest—whatever they wished to take from us, including ourselves.
God, he’d been right.  Why hadn’t the powers in charge realized that?
Once they were on our doorstep--orbiting Earth, no human weapon could have stopped the bulragers, save for the nuclear option--something utterly devastating to our planet.
But when the invaders reached the ground, there’d been a better chance defending with smaller arms. Still, they had to be hit in the right spot. And that had to be done not by soldiers, but by housewives and teachers, mill workers, grocery store clerks...moms, dads, and grandparents, fighting for our lives.

  That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors, August 5, 2018


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

It's time for snips and bits of amazing tales by talented writers! Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST. Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good. 
             Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE
            This week's snippet is from "The Sands of Dhor".  Lily, abducted from Earth by alien slavers, is in a room on the ship with a portal she can see the outside through. She's recently learned that Earth was destroyed and her husband and children are dead.    
          This week's snippet begins a new chapter:
 
Like so many other days, Lily was in the star room trying to picture where home had been.  It wasn’t as if she’d actually know if her eyes did happen to rest the direction of Earth. But she couldn’t stop her thoughts from going there, or her eyes from searching for home.
 Was it all gone, she wondered—like they’d used some super-nuke on it and melted it into oblivion? Or was it still there, a sheet of glass, or a smoking hulk… a reminder of what had been? A charred warning for all to heed of  what waited out in the cold darkness of space?
She remembered an astronomy class she’d taken, and how many times the conversation had keeled off course. Young, idealistic students imagining what was out there in that vast vacuum, and she’d been one of them. “Extend the hand of friendship. Welcome alien visitors with open arms, if and when they arrive.”


  That's it for this week.  All opinions greatly appreciated. :-) Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting!