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Weekend Writing Warrior – 08/10/14

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 by Maggie Wells   17 Comments | Posted in Blog

I have to be quick because I have company in town this weekend. Here are a fast eight from the first draft of the story I wrote the synopsis for last week. 🙂


Jessica bit the tip of her tongue as she watched him fit the key into the ridiculous heart-shaped cuffs.

One of them had to be sensible. That’s what she told herself each time she stifled the urge to doodle his initials or draw hearts in the steamy bathroom mirror. They’d only known each other six weeks. They’d been together only eleven days longer than the free trial on her Netflix account. True, she hadn’t been completely sold on the need to stream television shows when the membership fee hit her account, but she figured it was a damn sight better than buying season after season on DVD untested. And Langley Sheppard made no bones about the fact that he was looking for the lifetime membership type of relationship. He told her so seconds after their first kiss.


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That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out all the excerpts from my fellow Weekend Writing Warriors!


17 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 08/10/14"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    August 10, 2014 at 9:12 am  

    You are so damn clever, Maggie Wells! Love this! So cute and funny and perfect! Wonderful job!

  2. Comment by Sarah Cass
    August 10, 2014 at 10:21 am  

    I can’t even begin to pin down what I love about this. I just love the whole damn thing. The comparison to the free trial, her wit, the heart shaped cuffs. Damn it, I’m in love.

  3. Comment by Meka James
    August 10, 2014 at 10:41 am  

    LOL heart-shaped cuffs and comparing their relationship to Netflix. hahahaha love it.

  4. Comment by Author Charmaine Gordon
    August 10, 2014 at 11:17 am  

    So charming and she’s a smart one, she is. Thanks, Maggie. We are women-we are strong!

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  5. Comment by Shannyn Schroeder
    August 10, 2014 at 11:35 am  

    I love the comparison to a free trial. I guess relationships really are like that. This is great!

  6. Comment by Eleri Stone
    August 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm  

    Love the voice, so sweet and funny and charming. I like her already.

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      February 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm  

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  7. Comment by Carrie-Anne
    August 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm  

    I love the heart-shaped handcuffs! This sounds like a really fun story.

  8. Comment by bethmatthewsbooks
    August 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm  

    LOLOL. I love the Netflix analogy. Great sense of humor in this. 🙂

  9. Comment by Victoria Davenport
    August 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm  

    Haha! The voice in this is great. And I love her inner conflict of being sensible versus being won over by his kiss. Great snippet 🙂

  10. Comment by veronicascott
    August 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm  

    Well that excerpt certainly got my attention and held it! Can’t wait for more, great 8!

  11. Comment by caitlinstern
    August 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm  

    Well, if you don’t try if before you buy, you might be sorry afterwards. But does she really *have* to be sensible? Sometimes you have to take a chance.

  12. Comment by burnsmillie
    August 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm  

    So fun. I think she’s going to get even more value out of him than her Netflix account!

    • Comment by Yasi
      February 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm  

      Hey, that’s a clever way of thkining about it.

  13. Comment by Tina Christopher
    August 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm  

    OMG, I was in sticthes at the Netflix comparison;). Very well done!

  14. Comment by Gemma Parkes
    August 17, 2014 at 9:11 am  

    Funny snippet full of humorous thought, he told her seconds after their first kiss? Wow!

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