Sunday, November 9, 2014

#WeWriWa Snippet 11/9/14



Wow! I knew it had been a while since I last participated in the Weekend Writing Warrior Blog Hop, but I had no idea three months have passed. All I can say is that I’ve been really busy.

Earlier this week, a friend sent me an article which gave me an idea for a short story, which than morphed into an idea for a longer project, which is where this week’s snippet came from. Since I already have more pressing writing projects I need to complete, my plan is to write a scene or two, and then let the idea sit on my hard drive and ferment for a few months.

So far, all I really know about this, still untitled story, is that it’s set during the Victorian era and that I think it’s going to be a cozy murder mystery. Some creative editing has taken place.

Ivy Taylor stood at the bottom of a short flight of steps that led to the front door of the constabulary’s office, a location she’d held for fifteen minutes, and stared up at the heavy wood door. She reached up and twisted her right earring.  
This shouldn’t be so difficult. All she had to do was march up the steps, go through the front door, and locate someone who could tell her why her sister now rested in local cemetery, just like she’d promised her mother.
Ivy’s gazed shifted from the constabulary’s office, moving down the street to the nearby inn, where a room, a hot meal, and a soft bed waited for her. It was getting late, too late to be disturbing the hardworking people inside the office who most likely wanted to finish up their daily duties before going home; she’d only delay them. The best thing she could do right now was to settle into the inn for the night and start over in the morning.
Maybe, by then, she’d feel brave enough to handle the matter of her sister’s death.

So how's everyone doing with Nanowrimo? I fell behind the last few days, but hope to get caught back up this afternoon.

28 comments:

  1. I am very fond of Victorian cozy mysteries! Keep writing. :) you already got us started with a mysterious death.
    (Nothing for me this week)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It's a step away from my comfort zone, but that's half the fun.

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  2. Excellent job of showing! Twisting her right earring is a perfect example. Nice!

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  3. I like a good mystery with a female sleuth to lead the hunt. You have me hooked.

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  4. Ooooh a Victorian mystery. I loved the way you showed the heroine's nerves. Looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks! Soon I'm going to have to decide exactly what year the story takes place, instead of just stating it's Victorian.

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  5. I really like the earring twist too. Such a nice little detail that makes it seem more real:)

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  6. Wow, what an interesting situation. I like the way she's talking herself out of going inside today...very realistic. This should be a terrific story, can't wait for more!

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    1. LOL, When it comes to things I don't want to do, I have two approaches, I either get the out of the way immediately, or I put them off as long as possible. In her situation, I would put things off as long as possible. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. That's really intriguing, you do a great job at pulling the reader right into the heart of things and make them feel Ivy's tension.

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  8. A sibling's death is never easy to get over, much less handle. I hope things will be better for Ivy in time.

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  9. Hi Hess, It's good to see you back with one terrific start. All the ingredients for a mystery and already I care about her.

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    1. LOL, no worries! I know the feeling. I always catch the typos after hitting send.

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  11. She really doesn't want to go in, does she? Welcome back to Wewriwa.

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  12. Love the tiny detail of her twisting her right earring - such a intimate personal thing.
    Tweeted.

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  13. Tweeted, G+'d, Pinned.
    Welcome back!
    We missed you.

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  14. Ooh, now I want to know what she's going to do. Personally, I think she should just get it over with, but I'm a little worried about what she might find out.

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  15. Great way to throw the reader into things. Looking forward to seeing where it goes (whenever that might be!).

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  16. Great start! I'm already concerned for her and wondering about her sister's death.

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  17. That's a good beginning. I'd keep reading.

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  18. Welcome back! Very interesting start on this. You've done a great job setting the scene and adding in that air of mystery. I'm attempting NaNo, as I always do, but I tend to go at my own pace. Hope to reach 30k by the end of the month. :)

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