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Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/15/15

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 by Maggie Wells   9 Comments | Posted in Blog

Well, I’m trying another project on for size. I’m calling it Play Dates and I’m hoping it will be the first in a series featuring single dads. Here’s the scene in which our heroine, never-married-never-wanted-to-be, Monica Rayburn first spots Colm Cleary whilst on an outing to the park with her niece.


Monica Rayburn inched closer to the picnic tables littered with diaper bags and juice boxes and lifted her cell just a centimeter higher. The angle was just right. Years of after-work happy hours had allowed her to acquire a skill most people never master—the sly snapshot.

A quick glance at the enormous play structure mounted in the center of the playground verified that her niece, Emma, was safely ensconced in one of the numerous hamster trails that lead from one slide to another. Wiggling her thumb over the screen as if frantically typing a text, Monica tipped the phone up just enough to ensure that her quarry was centered in the frame. The whir of a fake shutter marked her success, but just in case, she gave the photo a surreptitious glance as she lowered the phone.


Now all she had to do was determine the handsome hunk of a man leaning against the wide trunk of an oak tree was predator or parent.


That’s all I have for now. Be sure to check out all of the Weekend Writing Warrior posts here.

Happy Sunday!


9 Responses to "Weekend Writing Warrior – 3/15/15"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    March 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm  

    Heee! This is perfection! Monica Rayburn is my hero. Can’t wait to read more about these two! 🙂

  2. Comment by Eleri Stone
    March 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm  

    Oh, she’s good! Love it:)

  3. Comment by Laurie
    March 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm  

    Got to say, I love the hero’s name. And I’m sure he’s going to be a bit of both predator and parent. Love the series idea

  4. Comment by Carol
    March 15, 2015 at 4:38 pm  

    Hee, I love sneaky gals! “Play Dates” is an awesome title!

  5. Comment by Veronica Scott
    March 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm  

    Fascinating premise going on here! Enjoyed the snippet, could really visualize her as she gets her sneaky photo.

  6. Comment by Jess Schira
    March 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm  

    You’ve done a great job setting up this characters in this snippet. Well done. That last sentence is compelling.

  7. Comment by Caitlin Stern
    March 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm  

    That’s quite some skill she has with her camera. It’s a little scary to think anyone who looks like they’re on their phone could be taking pictures, though.

  8. Comment by KC Lowe
    March 16, 2015 at 12:11 am  

    I really like how realistic your heroine is; but all I could think was “don’t take that picture.” Great snippet!

  9. Comment by Michelle Howard
    March 18, 2015 at 3:28 am  

    I love it. I’ve had a couple airport moments where I wanted to snap a pic of a hot guy to cute to be believed. She’s bolder than I. LOL

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