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Today we have a sneak peek of author Sheron Wood McCartha’s novel, Cosmic Entanglement. This book is available from Amazon US and Amazon UK. This excerpt is from Chapter 1: A Garden Visit:
Lady Salishandra T’Kai shaded her eyes and looked heavenward.
“A lovely day,” she murmured, as she stopped to inhale the floral aromas of her most glorious garden and snip a bud from her favorite white Aloue. Its delicate petals were just now unfurling in the midday sun, giving off a rich sweet perfume. She lifted her face to bathe in the warmth of the sun when a streak of light in the sky caught her attention. She squinted her eyes and lifted a hand to shade them from the increasing brightness that was arcing rapidly toward her.
Please bear with me. I’m in a weird mood this week. Last week I wrote about a long-term outlook on this writing gig. You guys had some great comments on that post. The gist of what you were saying was 1) If I spend so much time getting other to notice me, I won’t have time to write, and 2) Duh, thanks for reminding me, I can’t get rich quick with this thing.
If you’re like me, writing is really important. I want to make a career of writing. I want to leave an imprint with my writing. I want to make people laugh, cry, think and dream. I’m not saying that I do, it’s what I strive to do. This past week I started to think about writing in the grand scheme of things. Get a load of this for a sec:
You finally get the chance to take your son fishing. You tell yourself it’s not about the fish, it is about spending quality time together.
Right. Quality time in the oppressive heat, providing valuable nutrition for mosquitoes—and they were the only thing biting. Seven hours with a sulky, silent, teenager who evidently had other plans this weekend.
You finally give up and pack away the equipment for the day. Some vacation. On the way back to the car, you happen upon the spot the fish were vacationing. Does this turn the trip around? What happens next?
In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.