Sunday, June 05, 2016

Dear Dead Diary

Time again for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!




Here's a little more from my YA paranormal thriller After Me. (You can catch up on the earlier excerpts here.) Despite all her protests, Jada knows she can't get out of her obligations. As we join her this week, she's gotten all her instructions from Flo and has assumed her new fake identity. One of her requirements is to periodically check in with Afterlife Admissions by entering a journal record of her activities on a special blog accessible only to Transdead Trustees. Here's a little from her first entry.


PAYING IT UPWARD Blog
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Okay, so here’s my first week as Jada The Pervert Slayer.

I woke up in an old warehouse somewhere in Miami, surrounded by empty Thunderbird bottles, syringes, and used condoms. I couldn’t resist testing what Flo had told me, so I broke one of the bottles and stuck the jagged edge into my palm. Nothing—no blood, no pain, and the cuts started to close up almost immediately. It would’ve been kinda cool if not for the whole being dead part.

I found a purse beside me (a hideous pink sequined thing) that held my new ID cards but no money. The character profile for Gwen said I had been living on the streets and prostituting myself to pay for my meth habit, and once I got outside in the sunlight, (which neither fried me nor made me sparkle) I realized they’d dressed me in my work clothes—a black shirt tied in a knot between my boobs, hot pink booty shorts, and silver stilettos. Actually, the purse matched the shorts perfectly. Gwen was color coordinated at least.


Next week we find out how she gets to her new foster home. Can't wait? You can buy After Me here. And please do also check out the other Snippet Sunday folks and the Weekend Writing Warriors. Something for everyone among these talented writers!


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16 comments:

  1. Hmm. There are lots of ways to get hurt other than by broken glass. I wish her luck.

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  2. I'm intrigued by this story. Loved the photo too. :)

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  3. Wow. Quite an entry. Great snippet! Also, the post title and the photo are amazing. Good choices!

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  4. Interesting new development! The color co-ordinated thing is funny. Can't wait to see what she's expected to do next, which makes it an intriguing snippet.

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  5. Well, this is an interesting twist! I suspect she has the attitude to go with that outfit. :-)

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  6. Fun snippet. Sounds like she's not too thrilled with Gwen's color choices, coordinated or not.

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  7. LOL! "Which neither fried me nor made me sparkle..." love it! Great snippet. Tweeted.

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  8. Loved the excerpt. So humorous in parts.

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  9. Loved the outfit, Joyce. And the fact that she has to earn her own money... Dirty trick that, one of those pesky fine-print terms and conditions... Still smiling

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    1. She doesn't have to actually "work" in her "work clothes." Those are just part of the fake ID she has to assume. The next step is to get taken to juvy and then a foster home.

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  10. Great first entry ... like the descriptions. Great snippet.

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  11. "which neither fried me nor made me sparkle" hahahaha hilarious.
    So she is not even coming back at herself, that's getting weirder and weirder.

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  12. I love her inner thoughts about this one! The sunlight bit, the part about no pain, cuts, or blood being cool if she wasn't dead. She even gives herself a nickname, so at least she's trying to find some humor in this situation. Great snippet, but I hope she doesn't have to live up to that profile to make some money. Or was that her real job after all when she was alive?

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    1. No, she was just playing a part online out of boredom and feeling numb after her best friend died. She's a good girl with a bad attitude. ;-)

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