Sunday, December 1, 2013

Snowflakes & Beeswax Snippet 12/1/13

Hello all! Welcome to December. Personally, I'm still having a difficult time grasping the idea that 2013 is almost over.

I'm still posting from my recently released Georgian holiday story, Snowflakes & Beeswax, though I jumped a few paragraphs ahead of last week's snippet. Don't forget to check out the other very talented writers who are sharing samples of their amazing stories. You can find links to their blogs on the Weekend Writing Warriors and Sunday Snippet sign up lists.


For the first time in his life, Oliver was flummoxed by a door 
He stared at the cabin's door. How was he supposed to open it while carrying Madelyn? She wasn't a sack of flour he could brace against the wall, or a bucket of nails to be set on the ground.  
Jack sat beside Oliver’s feet, his feathered tail sweeping through the snow while he stared up at Oliver, his eyes sparkling with canine amusement. 
Great, Oliver thought, I love providing the dog with comic reliefHe imagined that any minute now the medium sized black and white dog would gather up all of his canine friends and invite them over to watch the idiot human who couldn't figure out how to open a simple door.  
The mental image caused his mouth to twitch. 
It took some creative wiggling and more than a few curses, but Oliver finally managed to undo the latch. 

Both a paperback and ebook version of Snowflakes & Beeswax can be purchased at
Amazon. I'm also giving away a paperback version of the story in the fantastic holiday book giveaway that Hilary Grossman has organized. 

28 comments:

  1. Terrific snippet! I've been in Oliver's shoes -- I often wonder how much of an idiot the dog thinks I am when I do something stupid in the kitchen. LOL

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  2. You know, dogs laugh a lot for a species that doesn't have opposible thumbs. I'm just sayin'.

    This is a different kind of obstacle for a hero to have, and I love it, Jess! :D

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    1. I've always found they have a pretty amazing sense of humor. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. That moment when you wish you have four hands. I like the dog reaction.

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  4. Lovely personal details here, Jess. Very clear scene and we are all in love with Oliver now :D:D

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  5. What a wonderful scene. I could picture both the dog's and Oliver's actions and reactions so well. Isn't that just like a dog to be amused by a human?

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    1. I know a few dogs who seem to think that humans were put on the earth just to entertain them. I'm glad you liked it, the dog is one of my favorite characters.

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  6. Such a cute scene...I could see it playing out in my mind : )

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  7. Jess, nobody can infuse animals into a story in such an endearing way, like you can! Love this snippet! :-)

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  8. Great imagery as usual. I could picture the scene perfectly. Loved it. Don't you just love a dog with a sense of humor. lol

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  9. This was so easy to picture! (I've owned dogs like that...)

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  10. Love the dog, love the practical detail of how to open the door whilst carrying fair lady...great excerpt!

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  11. Good one Jess. Anyone with animals can so relate to that scene. I've had that happen trying to carry in a sleeping granddaughter, and I know when my pets are making fun. A realistic and cute scene!
    History Sleuth's Milk Carton Murders

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  12. I was amused as well by both the human and the canine

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  13. Totally comical in every way. Thanks for a big laugh from this charming post.

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  14. LOL i love the part where he's like "not a sack of flour". Brilliant job!

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  15. I can just see a Border Collie laughing.

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  16. Dogs really can convey emotion. I bet this one was laughing. Nice excerpt.

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  17. Lol, wonderful! Such a great interaction between him and the dog. It pulls you right into the scene;).

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  18. Such a fun and vivid scene you have created here, love the humor in this. :)

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  19. Great snippet! I want to read more!
    And really, how is 2013 almost done?

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  20. Great snippet! I want to read more!
    And really, how is 2013 almost done?

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    1. The year really has flown by. On the bright side, I have high hopes for 2014!

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