Weekend Writing Warriors – 10/20/13

www_bannerWelcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! For those new to this, fellow writers post eight sentences from one of our works. I’ve been revising my New Adult steampunk romance, STEAM ME UP RAWLEY, so I thought I’d share and give the next eight sentences following last week’s where the heroine (Adele) is at a fancy outdoor party, talking to her pet monkey and Claire (the hostess) catches her and orders her to make note of a delicacy she got from out West. The first to speak is Adele in response:

Adele gritted her teeth. “I’ll be sure to do so.”

“See that you do.”

Adele wanted to roll her eyes, but the years of training in comportment held sway, so she imagined Loki doing so. Big deal. So Claire’s family was able to conduct trade with The West. The flaunting of wealth was nothing new, though given their politics and position in society, it was surprising they associated with the lawless and free-thinking West. Ever since the Late Great Unpleasantness, the political and economic polarity had shifted from North vs. South, to an East vs. West alignment.

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I’m looking for Beta readers for this story, so let me know if you’re interested!

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  1. Such an interesting premise. I’m looking forward to reading more. Great job!

  2. It’s a difficult social occasion she finds herself in to be sure. I am enjoying reading your work.

  3. The tension between these two continues! 😀 My one nitpick is that last sentence: it feels “tell-y” to me, in the sense that I’m not sure why Adele would be thinking it in quite that way. The idea behind it is great and maybe there’s a tweak that could be applied to make it as seamless as everything else. Then again, maybe once I read the whole chapter, I won’t nitpick 😀

  4. Hmm, I wonder what west she refers to? Sure sounds like America. 😛 Great, intriguing eight!

  5. Whoever said catering a party had anything to do with politics?

  6. Fascinating world building, hints at a lot more to come. Excellent excerpt. (You’re my first ever steampunk novel LOL.)

  7. Nice! I wonder how Adele’s personal beliefs align?

  8. Well in Canada the issues are east to west and as far as the “telly” part it is part of back story and someone like Adele would think about the recent change in that context (?)

  9. Nice working in of background information!

  10. Wow, nicely done. Can’t wait for more.

  11. Interesting that it’s East versus West now.

  12. Julie

     /  October 20, 2013

    Can feel the tension between Claire and Adele.

  13. l haven’t read any Steampunk so this is new for me. l like your writing.

  14. Things aren’t any better between those two. Nice 8.

  15. I grew up in the Deep South (Lousiana) so I’m happy to she the polarity shift!
    Nice 8!

  16. historysleuth1

     /  October 21, 2013

    Great world building. I love the Late Great Unpleasantness. Just the line, “see that you do” put an image of a snooty Claire in my mind.
    History Sleuth’s Milk Carton Murders

  17. I’m ready for another helping please…I really dislike that snotty host…so well done : )


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