I had a bit of a blunder

I think we can all safely say that we’ve made at least one mistake in our lifetimes centering around timing and deadlines, yes?

Yes.

Good.

Today, nerdlings, I had a bit of a blunder with time.

Basically, my original plan for today’s blog post was to try out 8Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors and post an 8-sentence excerpt from my work-in-progress novel, My Life as a Mayonnaise Jar. I’ve seen a couple of my blogging buddies do it multiple times, so I figured I’d give it a shot, too!

Except I didn’t think to check when I’m supposed to post my excerpt.

Oops.

I only realized that I should probably check out the website after the deadline to put my name on the list thingy had passed.

Lesson here?

Make sure you know your deadlines, because sometimes they can lead to missing opportunities.

HOWEVER, there’s always next week for me! And this time around, I know exactly how it works, so I won’t be missing anything 😛

And since my original plan to post an 8-sentence excerpt through WeWriWa failed, I’ve decided that I’ll share an excerpt anyways because I am quite excited about this story.

So, without further ado, here’s Kat from My Life as a Mayonnaise Jar.

The construction going on in our neighborhood might be loud, but sometimes I feel like our neighbors are even louder.

There are the Bakers, a filthy-rich family of three (two parents, one kid) who just happen to have a rather extravagant house in our rather average area. Then you have the old people retirement home right down on the edge of the block (they always go above and beyond when decorating for holidays- they even had tree-themed decor for Arbor Day). And of course, every neighborhood has to have the lady with seventy-two cats (her name is Glenda, she lives across the street).

The only reason I know all this is because of David. Honestly, if he weren’t around, I’d probably forget that we even have neighbors at all.

That boy makes friends like how one would run screaming from a ravaging tyrannosaurus rex that was after your buns (despite whether you were having a barbecue or not). Very fast. He knows not only all the people in our neighborhood, but everyone in the next one over, as well. He even greets all the construction workers by name when he walks over to my house.

David will accept anyone for who they are.

Except for the people who live across the street from him.

So there you have it, the very first official excerpt from my novel! I’d love to know what you guys think down below 🙂

Have a fantastic day, nerdlings, and don’t forget your deadlines!

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5 comments

  1. Desiree B

    Makes me wonder why David doesn’t want to be friends with the people next door. I really like the humorous/light voice of the narrator. Good luck on getting it finished! 🙂

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  2. thepaperbutterfly

    Awwww! Well I’m sure you’ll get it in next week. I post it on Saturday so I don’t forget, lol. I really liked this piece 😀 There was so much personality that I feel like I know David, Kat, and their whole neighborhood, lol. I can really feel Kat through the narration. Now I’m curious who lives across the street. . . This excerpt had a humorous vibe, so I’ll be shocked if this turns dark. Looking forward to finding out more!

    I think this line is a bit awkward, “That boy makes friends like how one would run screaming from a ravaging tyrannosaurus rex that was after your buns (despite whether you were having a barbecue or not).” You are comparing David’s ease at making friends to the speed at which one would run away from a T-rex. It doesn’t work for me. I would phrase it like, “That boy makes friends with the same ease as _________.” And describe something that is natural and easy. I’m not sure if you are trying to say that he makes friends fast or easy. Because if he makes friends fast, then I would use a different analogy than the T-rex one. Since this is from Kat’s viewpoint, maybe something like, “He makes friends faster than I can scarf down __________.” Seems to fit with her personality.

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    • thatnerdyartaddict

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it 😀

      Also, thank you so much for the crit!!! I really really appreciate it, that’s a fantastic point that I didn’t think about when writing and I’ll definitely keep that in mind for when I edit *makes a note to self*

      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

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