Sunday, July 21

The Antique Photo Challenge

I stumbled across a fun new writing challenge,and I'm so excited! Ritty's Writing Challenges seems to be just the thing to spark my writing fuse and light a fire under my muse.

This challenge is called "Antique Photo". 
(Okay, the title alone was enough to get my interest.
I love old photos.)

The challenge:  Write an "excerpt from a story. This can be from a current work in progress or one you have not yet created." 
Imagine, the photo above is representing a moment, frozen in time, from the life of your characters.
Ask yourself: What might my characters dialogue sound like, if I were to reach in the middle of my story, and pull it out? What intriguing excerpt would draw the reader in and cause them to read more?

My imagination took off, and this was the result. Thanks for reading!


Millie pushed past the clump of sawgrass and caught up with her energetic youngest child.

"Mummy, what are they doing?"

"Hmpf." Millie quickly grabbed the boy's shoulders and turned him around. "Come Samuel, let's take the other path."

"But, Mummy! Why? It's so much longer. I'm hungry."

A swat to the rear silenced Samuel and got him moving. "Never you mind," she said. "You just mind me."

As he trotted off, Millie looked back and scowled. "Hmpf."

Discraceful. In broad daylight! I would never kiss my Arthur anywhere but behind our closed bedroom door. With the lights off. And I would never kiss him like that. And if he ever kissed me like that, why, land's sake, I'd… I'd… Oh! Well…

A flush rose from Millie's neck to her cheeks, and she swiveled on her sturdy heels. Never mind. Where's that boy got off to now?


© 2013


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Thursday, July 4

Jewels of Encouragment: FREEDOM!

Happy Independence Day, America!!

Come join me at Jewels of Encouragement, where I'm talking about the 4th of July, fireworks, and what freedom really means.

Catrina Bradley
"God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes." Psalm 18:24 (Msg)