I thought you might enjoy reading an excerpt from my latest fiction writing project for grownups. The story is titled It Was Her Eyes. It is un-edited and likely will go through multiple more revisions, but several of you have said you enjoy experiencing my writing at various stages of it’s creation, so here goes:
I was fortunate the moon was so bright. I could avoid at least some of the major the obstacles in my path. It seemed my toes and the soles of my bare feet managed to find every sharp rock and prickly plant along the way, and whatever I didn’t step on, I tripped over. I cursed under my breath through chattering teeth, as my whole body shivered.
I took stock of my situation. I didn’t know where I was or how (or even if) I’d ever get home. I was in little more than my underwear, walking in the dark, in a place I’d never been, about 125 years before I’d even been born. I couldn’t be seen in my current state of undress without probably being shot or arrested, yet somehow I had to quickly get clothes, a horse, tackle, guns and ammo, food, and everything else I’d need for a two-week round-trip hard ride, then race against several ruthless men into unknown territory in a foreign country whose people spoke a language I couldn’t speak or understand. Worst of all, I’d just left an enchanting naked woman after making a promise to her that I had no way of knowing whether I had even the slightest chance I could keep. But if I failed, her sister and other young ladies were likely to suffer the same terrible fate as Isabella.
Sounds good…. more please
Thank you, Ute. I plan to share more as the project develops.
Thank you, Mimi! I appreciate your feedback.
Russ, your writing skills are multi facetted! I loved this.
I appreciate your kind comment, Colleen.
Thank you, Quiall.
I love seeing how you have evolved as a writer. Great description in paragraph one…might want to change your soulful soles into just plain ones. That typo stopped a beautiful description dead in its tracks. 😉 Thank goodness for editors who allow us to just spill out from our hearts and then help make sense of it. 😀
LOL! Thank you for the feedback, Mrs. P. Good catch! I’m changing it now!
Wow, Russ- that pretty darn good
Thank you, Joan. It will be better when my editor gets a hold of it.
Very nice… next course, please
I serve no course before it’s time! ;-D! Thank you, Annette. I plan to send other excerpts as I go.
nice writing, russ. keep us updated with new pieces as you go along. always nice to read what you’re working on –
Thank you, Beth. I plan to share more excerpts along the way.
Wow – talk about a hook!! Actually, this could be your excellent 3-minute blurb while speed dating an agent. Really!
Thank you for your kind encouragement and suggestion! I’ve never speed-dated an agent but I think it would be fun. Do you have any suggestions as to sources of info regarding when speed dates are being scheduled in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Try googling the San Francisco Writers Conference. Good luck, and let me know if you decide to attend one!
Thank you. I’ll give that a try. I plan to announce if I’m going to one.
Here you go: https://sfwriters.org/
I see two conferences listed: Sept ’16 & Feb ’17. The first one indicates “Opportunity to pitch your book to agents and editors.” Do you know whether that involves speed dating or just the “try to catch ’em at lunch or in the hallway-type opportunities? (Sorry to be such a pest. I hope to be able to return the favor some day.)
I don’t know, Russ. I’m pretty sure the week-long conference in February includes the ‘speed dating.’ I’ve never attended this conference, BTW. But I know many authors really like it.
Thank you! You’re comments inspired me to investigate and consider submitting work to agents (which I’ve never don before.) If I end up with an agent there’s a good chance it will be your fault! ;-D!
As long as I’m listed in your “Acknowledgments page”, I’m good with that. 🙂
P.S. You’re never a pest! I always enjoy connecting/encouraging/inspiring and being inspired by fellow bloggers. 🙂
(BIG SMILE!) Thank you.