Workshop Exercises, September 2013

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!

September 2, 2013

Excerpt:

“Hannie, it’s so good to see you,” he said into her shoulder, his words wavering with emotion.  “I can’t believe I’m seeing you all grown up.  The last time I saw you, you were my gorgeous 15-year-old.  And now look at you—a parent yourself.”

The shock of his sudden presence had made Hannah tense, but as he spoke she found herself melting in that familiar spot in his arms that had belonged to her and her alone: his only daughter.

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September 9, 2013

Excerpt:

Cindy and I, believe it or not, actually spent the second half of sophomore year as BFFs.  At least, that’s what we used to scrawl in each other’s notebooks and on little notes we would drop in each other’s lockers.  We went everywhere together, talked about everything with each other, and gushed over boys in our own exclusive boy-gushing sessions.  Including gushing over Michael.

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September 16, 2013

Excerpt:

Then came the Reality of life after the Wedding.  Laundry, dishes, scrubbing toilets, paying bills.  It brought you down from the flight of ideas you shared.  Reality meant that you drifted apart.

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September 23, 2013

Excerpt:

“I’m sorry,” she said after a few minutes, her cheeks warm with embarrassment and—she had to admit it to herself—a shot of fear.  What if he took this to mean that she had had some sort of malicious ambitions—what the prosecutor had called “premeditated intentions”—about Rick?

***

September 30, 2013

Excerpt:

In the last four weeks I had only found old birthday cards with checks I never got to see.  I never knew my aunt and uncle had given me those checks.  My parents never told me.

Or, more accurately, my mother never told me.  But then that didn’t surprise me.  She had made it her personal mission to keep the family apart.  And us kids paid the price for it.

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