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

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 Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live by 9:00 AM Sunday, EST.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!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors July 29, 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 with Theusand (not a slaver--an apparent rescuer) has just told her that Earth was destroyed and her husband and children are dead.    
          This week's snippet picks up directly from last week's--which ended with:  Her goal to get back home was all she'd been clinging to since the filthy slavers grabbed her and dragged her off into space. Her reaction continues this week:
 
God above, it hurt like nothing else in her life ever had. If she could find a way outside the ship, she’d do it--step out there among the stars, minus any protective suit, and the universe could have her.
 Strong hands gathered her up and held her. She didn’t have the strength to push him away. She didn’t even try to close her mind to him.  What did it matter? He was welcome to her anguish. She cried until she had nothing left.  She'd found the end.
Then, in the way of the universe that few accept until it is thrust in front of them, she discovered that the end is merely a place where the new beginning starts.

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekend Writing Warriors July 15, 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 with Theusand (not a slaver--an apparent rescuer) has just told her that Earth was destroyed and her husband and children are dead.    
          This week's snippet picks up directly from last week's--which ended with Theusand offering a kindness...sort of:  “I can take away this pain, this… what your people call heartache.” Her reaction continues this week:
 
“My people? My people don’t call anything…anything anymore! Your people killed them. Killed them all!” Her hands flew up to his chest and she started pounding on him. He made no attempt to stop her. When she finished pommeling him, she crumbled into more sobs. 
Once again, time lost all relevance. Where she was going no longer mattered. Her goal to get back home was all she'd been clinging to since the filthy slavers grabbed her and dragged her off into space.

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