Workshop exercises, January 2014

Below are the links to the Workshop exercises from this month.  Check out the excerpts, and then click on the date to read the full exercise.  Enjoy!

January 6, 2014


“So, Brian, about this adventure…”

Brian waited a few moments as he clicked his seatbelt and started the car.  Karen barely suppressed another moan when she heard the engine turn over.  She caught Brian out of the eye grinning at her misery.

“Anyway,” she went on, rolling her eyes, “um, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I really don’t—remember what we decided.  About the adventure.”


January 13, 2014


The model in the catalog didn’t have a funny bluish color coming across her face from lack of oxygen.  But then again she also didn’t look much older than twelve.  And she looked like she might—just possibly—hang out on street corners after dark.

But what do I know?  I’m not her mother.


January 20, 2014


Suddenly the wizard became serious.  “Are you sure?  You’re asking for something that could have grave consequences.”

Benny scuffed his feet in the dirt.  “It can’t be any worse than what’s going on right now.  Yes, I want to take it.”

The wizard examined him closely.  He looked Benny in the eye for a long time as if searching for something.  Finally he nodded slowly.


January 27, 2014


She felt her face get warm and stopped.  Her husband-to-be—oh, wait, scratch that: my husband—grinned as he came and tucked his arm into hers.  Something in his smile made her smile back.

“All right, Arjun, all right.  Do you have the annulment papers?”

He nodded.  “In my pocket.  I think we’ve gotta wait about a year for it to be final, but we can go ahead and sign them now and post-date it.”

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