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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors: May 3, 2015

Hello all. Happy May! Before you scroll down to my post for this week, could you take a minute to read about some changes to Weekend Writing Warriors?

We've tried different ways to keep participants from posting over the limit. The latest has been for the moderators to leave a comment stressing that the only way to be fair to everyone is to expect everyone to stay at the sentence limit. It still doesn't seem to be enough.

Let me stop here and say, we love all of you. We love your writing. We love keeping up with all of the stories. And we'd love to take all kinds of things into consideration when a post goes over the limit. But it gets subjective and seems like favoritism when rules get bent for some and not for others.

So, after all moderators and admins chatted about it, this is what we think is the best approach for everyone involved. We're increasing the number of sentences permitted to 10. The rules read "Eight to ten sentences for the story excerpt, please." Poetry remains 150 words.

We feel this is a good step, and it also brings us in line with the Snippet Sunday group on facebook--of which so many participate in as well by utilizing the same post. 

It was a unanimous decision among mods and admins to take this step when a post goes over ten sentences: we will delete that participant's/blog  sign up  from our linky list... without notice.  This will be just for the week the post goes over ten sentences.
 
We all wish this wasn't necessary. But we do want to keep it fair for all who take the time to participate. We want to keep the sentence number low so that participants have time to read and visit many blogs. And we need to streamline the modding process for all of the people who generously donate their time to moderate week after week-- simply for the love of writing. 


If you're unsure what constitutes a complete sentence--what we use for the sake of our count, we are putting together a brief explanation and hope to shortly have it on our main page @wewriwa.com 

The new 8-10 sentence rule takes effect next week on the 10th of May post.

We will continue using the #8sunday hashtag on Twitter. :-)


Speaking for myself, I really hope that the new guideline which allows up to ten sentences is enough to curb going over the limit. I hope we never have to delete a link.


On to fun things :-)

             Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop. Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, to go live between noon, Saturday, and 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 is Chapter 2 from my SFR WIP, Across The Night Sky  where we're introduced to the male main character, Kuylrh--second in line to the throne in the Rialtan Empire.  The previously posted hunting scenes now segue into his meeting with the female MC. He's been collected (abducted) by an alien ship.  He's injured.  It's not important to know what a Sezketchee is right now. It's explained over the next two chapters in fleeting references. Last Sunday's snippet ended with: "A Sezketchee warrior?  He really was confused. There was no such thing.". I've skipped a couple of lines. The ferabest was driven off and this is in the moments following. I've been creative with my punctuation because this is the end of the second chapter.
 
She was short, which was odd for any warrior, and dark hair hung over her shoulders; her clothing was the strangest he’d seen a scrapper wear, a thin yellow shirt, and blue pants that would be worthless to save her hide in a good fight.
            He managed to bow his head in gratitude before surrendering to the pain again. His mind wandered in the delirium that suffering brings. He couldn’t think of any Sezketchees he’d done that had eyes like that, stormy gray eyes that burned into him.

He remembered them all, beautiful shades of violet and pink.  He’d looked at each and every one when he was doing them.  It was a quirk of his that he watched his partner’s eyes just to see the look of satisfaction he never failed to bring.  And he’d never watched gray eyes looking back at him while he drove his point home.

That's it. What works. What doesn't?  I'm grateful for every comment you leave. :-)
 

48 comments:

  1. Boy, he sounds like one experienced guy. And I thought he was little more than a kid. A little cocky too (no pun intended). But I sure have a better handle on his character now. :) Fun 8! And thanks for the update on the sentence parameters. Yay! More to include next week!

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    1. Jenna, it's hard to keep track of details while jumping from one snippet to the next. He's just about to turn thirty. Marissa is 23 when the story begins.

      Cocky? lol. I agree. And he has a lot to learn. She'll be at once, the most wonderful thing to come into his life, and ultimately, the greatest heartache he'll ever experience.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  2. so is she a Sezketchee or not, hmm. Interesting perspective to read his thoughts about the eyes.

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    1. There's an underlying theme in the book, about the things that divide people. Skin color, religion, and in this culture, they judge a lot by a person's eye color.

      The Sezketchee question gets cleared up for the reader pretty early in the book. :-)

      Thanks for visiting, Chelle!

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  3. I am so enjoying this story as it unfolds, Teresa. This lady is much more than meets the eye. I can't wait to see how she surprises our hero. (I did appreciate the pun, too.)

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    1. Thanks, Kim! I'm glad you liked the pun. It was in the original draft, and I considered removing it, but my daughter thought I should leave it in. :-)

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  4. Yup, I too am waiting to see how this woman surprises him. He's cocky, and I have to admit I look forward to watching her surprise him. lol Excellent excerpt.

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  5. Hah. I have a feeling he's going to have his hands full with this one. I was also a bit surprised to find him so experienced!

    Yay for the rule change! I hope it makes the mod's lives easier and maybe I'll have to succumb to wonky punctuation less often. :-)

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    1. Yep. He didn't waste time while he traveled from world to world. :-) Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Interesting eye colors!
    I may be at 9 sentences since I read the guidelines of 8-10 when I signed in.

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    1. Aurora--you're absolutely fine. No worries. :-)

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  7. Great use of colors in this engaging snippet, Teresa! I forgot to sign up but I still have a post.
    I like the new changes, but it may take awhile for me to get used to the 10 sentence limit. I've been so used to 8 sentences only.

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    1. :-) You don't have to go to ten, Frank. As long as the post is ten or under. Maybe I should change the wording in the announcement above. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Thanks for all the work you and the other moderators do. WWW is by far the best hop I've participated in. Another great snippet, though I have to admit I was thrown by the phrase "Sezketchees he'd done" -this is embarrassing for an erotica writer to admit- I wasn't sure what he meant until I read the part about looking his partners in the eye. I guess "done" sounds a bit quaint to me.

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    1. Hmm...you have me rethinking "done". Thanks for sharing that observation, Alexis!

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  9. I have a feeling that her eyes aren't the only thing about her that's going to throw him off balance:)

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    1. Hehe! You're right. :-)

      Thanks, Eleri!

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  10. I love how gray eyes are exotic to him, while purple and pink are common (if lovely). The boy has certainly sowed some wild oats, hasn't he? :)

    You and the other moderators deserve all thanks for the work you do, Teresa. So thank you! <3

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. Yes, wild, royal oats.

      ~blush~ We couldn't do it without you guys!

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  11. I definitely feel there will be a learning curve for him fairly soon. He certainly is self assured about his um ablities LOL.

    The new change sounds good - I appreciate all the efforts you and the other mods and admins make to keep this such a fun hop for everyone! Thank you :-)

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    1. Thanks, Veronica! We do love our writers. I think you guys are the nicest group of people!

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  12. I also love the use of colors here.

    It'll be interesting to see how the change works. Wherever you set a boundary, people will push against it. That's simple human nature. Makes me wonder how we ever managed with "Six Sentence Sunday" :)

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    1. Thanks, Ian.

      Yep. I've wondered so many times how we managed with only six. :-)

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  13. Wow, this guy is so full of himself. I have a feeling his comeuppance has arrived. :D

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    1. He is, lol. It's on the way, for sure. :-)

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  14. I loved this snippet - We get a peek into the character and yes, he's arrogant, but clearly those grey eyes have touched him deep.
    Great snippet, Teresa! And cool about the 8-10 sentences new change! :)

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    1. Thanks, Elyzabeth!

      I think the change is an improvement. :-)

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  15. Fascinating tale thus far and the young leader is about to find a change in his royal life.
    Regarding the limit, I'm all for it. I tend to overdue with long sentences but no more. I promise. Thanks for all the work you have put into WEWRIWA to make it a friendly hop. .

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    1. A big change coming. :-) Thanks, Charmaine.

      You're welcome for all the work. We do it for the love of writing (and the love of our writers) :-)

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  16. This snippet is packed with tantalizing hints of what's going on in his mind.

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  17. Love the use of colors here, and I think the new change will be very positive.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine! :-) I think so too. :-)

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  18. He jumped to that train of thoughts that fast, huh? Something tells me it won't be that much of straight line once she gets involved. XD

    Thanks for the brief on the rule change and thank you for all the time you and the other mods put into WeWriWa.

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    1. A very curvy line, indeed! Thanks for visiting, Aheila.

      You're welcome. Writers helping writers has been a guiding force since I jumped, feet first, into writing. :-)

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  19. Vivid Imagery. Gotta love a man who is confident. :)

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  20. He's in pain, but his mind is still wandering down some interesting paths!

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  21. An alpha by any other name is still...an alpha :D And let the lesson begin.

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    1. Ha! Indeed. Thanks for visiting, Lisa!

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  22. He sounds like a cocky little bastard, the type of character who's so fun to read or write. Sounds like this woman will give him a run for his money and knock him down a couple of pegs.

    The new 8–10 limit sounds very reasonable, though there will probably still be some folks who feel the rules don't apply to them. I remember one person who sometimes participated in the indefinitely hiatused Sweet Saturday Samples, and frequently had to be removed from the live list because she posted erotica and other scenes which were definitely not sweet.

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    1. Haha! He definitely was fun to write.

      The intricacies of an active website has turned out to be even more complex than originally imagined. People dynamics are always a challenge, but fortunately, almost always rewarding. There are those other times, though...

      Thanks for visiting, Carrie-Anne!

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  23. YAY!!!!!! 10 Sentences!!! Right, short warriors are uncommon, but don't put it past them, standing at 5'3, I'd have to say we're the feisty ones. :) Love the snippet!

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    1. Yeppers, 10 sentences. :-)

      The might of a man (or woman) is not measured in inches and feet. ;-)

      Thanks for visiting, Neva!

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  24. Love how you give us a glimpse inside his mind--and an interesting mind at that. lol Wonderful visual and wonderful way of giving us his personalty as well. Enjoyed the snippet and I'm sure I'll enjoy how the 'short warrior' will put him in his place. lol

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    1. :-) Adventure ahead. Thanks for visiting, Karen!

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