NaNoWriMo – Day 5: Abysmal

Words written today: 432 (squeezed in during a 35-minute lunch break)

Argh!

But at least I’ve managed to torment my heroine for a bit (my heroine, the Dowager Lady Clifford, has just arrived at a dinner party & is announced by a footman) (excerpt that follows is rough – just so it can’t be said I haven’t warned you!):

The party, Frances saw with relief, was indeed a small one. There were no more than ten or twelve people present. In one corner of the room a small gaggle had formed around a tall, blond man, who stood with his back to the door.

Frances frowned. A small shiver of foreboding slid down her spine.

“—and the Dowager Lady Clifford.”


The man turned.


He was older, of course, and his face deeply tanned by the Eastern sun. There were new lines in his face that had not been there seven years ago.


Their gazes met and clung—for one endless, awful, wonderful moment.


Her breathing stopped, perhaps even her heartbeat. Oh Alex, she thought. Alex…

But the moment passed, and his eyes slid away, and he gave no sign that he knew her at all.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo – Day 5: Abysmal

  1. Anna Bowling

    Ah, but those are lovely words, and already have my appetite whetted. Love the romantic tension that is clear in that sample.

    Still early days, and lots more for all participants to write. 432 words are 432 more than someone who didn’t go for it.

  2. Sandra Schwab

    Thanks for the kind words, Anna! I’m so glad to hear you like the snippet. 🙂 (I’m wallowing in my mid-book blues, so at the moment everything sounds ghastly to me… *tragic sigh*)

    And I *am* glad I managed to get at least 432 words on the page: my goal for November is to write *every* day even on the days when I teach.

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