Category: snippets

WWW: Richard Madden

(No relation to the Game of Thrones actor.  The name is purely coincidental.)

This comes from Jasper City.  Tag line:  An outlaw seeks revenge against a city’s tyrant Mayor, while the man appointed to stop him begins to doubt the merits of his cause.

In this installment of Weekend Writing Warriors, Cynthia’s father has been hospitalized.  A nurse comes to check on his condition, but apparently she has other motives.

“You’re locked down.  Mayor’s orders… Officially, Citizen 71’s bombing put you in such critical condition that having a visitor would be dangerous.  You’re also in a coma, post-surgery, and because f that your immune system’s been compromised.”

“And unofficially?” Richard asked.  “What’s so important about me that the Mayor had to tell that fairy tale?”

The nurse frowned.  “I was hoping you could tell me.”

WWW: Mayor Calvin Jasper

This excerpt as always comes from Jasper City, my current work in progress.  Tag line:  An outlaw seeks revenge against a city’s tyrant Mayor, while the man appointed to stop him begins to doubt the merits of his cause.

The character here is Mayor Jasper himself:

“A funeral was in order.  One week ago General A-16 was sent into the Wasteland outside on a job, and he never made it back.  It was time to give the matter some closure.  But it would have to wait.
Mayor Calvin Jasper sighed.  Now he needed to find a new body to serve as General… It was a shame that A-16 had to go to waste.  He had potential, but ultimately couldn’t handle his responsibilities.”

Want to take part?  Head over to Weekend Writing Warriors to sign up.

One Word Wednesday: Derived

Today’s exercise comes from One Word.  Every day one word is chosen as a prompt.  You have sixty seconds to write without thinking.
The word of the day is derived.

Math humor tells us never to drink and derive. But that doesn’t make sense. Calculus is difficult enough to understand when you’re not under the influence of alcohol. Why the hell would I try to attempt my math homework while drunk? English, that’s a homework assignment to tackle while tipsy.

My attempt to introduce some humor.

WWW: Dex

This installment of Weekend Writing Warriors focuses on Dexter, his wife Lilith, and their ill child Lillian.

“It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky, then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.”

Because this novel is still in the editing stages, these sentences may be different from the finished product.  This excerpt is part of a newer chapter I’ve written.

“Help me lift her, Dex!” Lilith shouted over Lillian’s screams.
Lillian tried to get out of bed herself, only to have a leg break under her weight.  Her arm and several ribs broke in the fall.  It wasn’t the first time such an accident happened, and it wouldn’t be the last.
“I’ve got her legs,” Dex said, surprisingly calm despite the circumstances. “Grab her shoulders.  Ready?”  One, two, three.”

Dex and Lilith lifted the frail girl with all the gentleness they could manage.  Her screams reduced to whimpers by then.

WWW: Cynthia 2

Cynthia is back for another installment of Weekend Writing Warriors.

“It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky, then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.”

Her first thoughts settled on Dex, and the callous way he left her behind in favor of his career. Let him be! He never cared for you anyway. Still, his complete silence toward her since that day left the wound unable to heal.

She next thought of the way the city changed. The citizens took on darker dispositions. Once they felt bound to each other for the simple fact that they survived. Now, with everything crumbling around them, they only thought of their wants and needs. It was one reason why she rarely went outside.

One Word Wednesday: Blamed

As a reminder, for One Word Wednesday visit http://oneword.com/, see the word for today, and start typing.  You have 60 seconds to write without thinking.

Today’s word is: Blamed.

She blamed me for it, but that was nothing new. Whenever something in the office went wrong, there was always something I missed that would have helped her save the day if I had been competent enough to catch it. I missed a note, I wrote the note but failed to email her an update. I emailed her, but she never checks her emails so I should’ve known to send a text instead. I’d be such a good employee if I knew to catch on to the little things.

This one was inspired by a previous employer.  Anyone else had a boss like this?

WWW #3: Citizen 71

Weekend Writing Warriors is back!  Last week I lapsed in participating, but I plan to fix that now.

It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky, then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

I am continuing with snippets from Jasper City.  Now that I have a copy back from a beta I expect many of the snippets you see will be changed by the final draft, so here they are in a raw, organic form.

We’re returning to Cynthia, in one piece but has found herself in a sketchy crowd.  She’s not out of danger yet.

“If anything happens to us,” he said, ignoring Cynthia’s wide eyed stare, “Tell them that I’ve kidnapped you.  You should not have to suffer with us.”

He didn’t wait for her to answer before turning back to his children.

“I don’t see anything, Dad,” the older brother said. 

Citizen 71 held the boy’s mouth shut and pulled him away from the window in the same motion.  “Quiet!” he hissed, and then turned to Cynthia only to find that she was missing.

He pulled the hood back over his head.  Now was not the time to find her.

One Word Wednesday: Tumble

Today’s word is tumble.


The girl fell down the hill hard, hitting every stone and branch along the way. She yelped at first, but after every strike her cries of pain grew quieter. By the time she reached the bottom all she could do was whimper. The older girl stood at the top of the hill, smirking.

As a reminder, for One Word Wednesday visit http://oneword.com/, see the word for today, and start typing.  You have 60 seconds to write without thinking.

This one is related to no works in progress, just something that came to mind.

WWW #2: Dex

The next installment in Weekend Writing Warriors focuses on Dexter.  As the newly appointed right hand man to the Mayor, Dexter discovers that his old flame Cynthia is in danger.



Dex’s stomach churned and his blood quickly turned toward the boiling point. His best efforts to keep his hands from shaking in front of The Mayor failed. 

“I know that you two were once together,” he told Dex. “I wondered if the circumstances of that relationship’s end would affect your ability to handle this case. I see that I have my answer.” 

“I can’t promise you that I will stay objective in this,” Dex said. 

“Quite honestly, I don’t care if you’re objective or not. I only expect you to do your job. If having an emotion helps you in a case, so be it.”


Want to get involved in WWW?  Here’s the deal:
It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky, then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.


One Word Wednesday: Decompose

Coming back to One Word Wednesday, the word today is decompose.


I was the first to find the body in the canal, but not the first to smell him. The household woke up to that smell, amplified by the summer heat, and assumed at first to be from an unfortunate animal. We never expected the animal to be a person instead, and certainly didn’t expect it to be someone we knew.

As a reminder, for One Word Wednesday visit http://oneword.com/, see the word for today, and start typing.  You have 60 seconds to write without thinking.

The above comes from another idea I’ve been kicking around and considering writing as a TV script.  It’s a bit darker than I would expect the show to be as a whole, but with a word like decompose one can imagine where my mind went.