By Leslie Lindsay
Holy bonkers, Batman…it’s been awhile! Between getting a 2nd grader and kindergartner prepared for back-to-school and breaking up all of their squabbles and bickerfests beforehand, I have been a regular decapitated fowl. Nevermind, just trying to keep up with the house, the dog, and personal hygiene (oh, too much information, you say…). So, I am now a happy writer-mama at home with a basset hound as a quiet–unless she’s snoring–companion.
I have plans. I have big plans. I just finished reading THE BREAK-OUT NOVEL (Maass, 2001) and I am thoroughly enthralled to crank out a break-out book. If you are just now joining us, I have been working on a novel for about 2 years now. I know that sounds awfully long, but after reading this book, I think I am right on target. It takes a while to master the complex art form of the novel. (In the meantime, I did manage to write and publish a non-fiction book on childhood apraxia of speech, so guess I wasn’t completely slacking).
The plan is to share with you some of my fiction here on Fiction Fridays. Feel free to comment, suggest ideas for improvement, or just like it! Remember: this is original work and not to be borrowed or stolen without first getting permission–or paying me big bucks : ) Here goes:
“She was young and cute. Her lithe body propped up on a pub stool in the student union, her backpack resting at her feet. A laptop opened, a pen in her mouth. Her hand reached down and touched her tummy. It was full of baby.”
Okay–that’s it. Short and sweet today. Could this be an opening paragraph?