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** 8 Sentence Sunday Blog Hop **

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A weekly festival of writers sharing excerpts from their work. Many different genres; something for everybody. Enjoy!

This is a continuation of “The Visitation”; a short story based on actual events that happened in the summer of 1971. Last week, I received many excellent suggestions and may do a re-write in future. Thank you Marcia, Teresa and Jess for your advice.

Previous instalment HERE.

As they entered the visitation room, she could feel all eyes boring into her. Some people were whispering and she guessed what they were saying. “That’s the slut he was involved with.” Older generation Italians didn’t take kindly to outsiders and she wasn’t even Catholic – the ultimate sin! Her friend gripped her arm and muttered: “Ignore them!” Shaking now. They slowly made their way to the casket. He was wearing his best dark blue suit, with a white shirt and striped tie. She’d never seen him in a tie before. *

[*This was the era of colourful printed shirts and open collars.]

Have you ever had a memory that haunted you for life? Stay tuned to find out what happens next!

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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21 thoughts on “#8Sunday WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: JUN. 29/14

  1. Hi Debbie 🙂 I’m a day late, but didn’t want to miss your post.

    Joyce has some good ideas, though you came up with some great imagery yourself. I like this post better than last week’s, in the sense that it feels more immediate. You could take it a bit further depending on how deep you feel able to go. When you get down to the nitty gritty, your writing can be very evocative.

    And consider simply dropping “slowly”. For me, the whole context of the scene in addition to the mention of the girls shaking presents an image of them moving slowly toward the casket. It can be easy to drop in adverbs but other techniques can work better.

    1. Hi Marcia; Thanks for dropping by. Apologies that I wasn’t able to be more active this week. Hopefully next time! More good suggestions and I will keep them all for a future re-write.

  2. I loved the snark. I can picture all the judgment eyes on her as she’s approaching the casket. I’m happy she has some support with her.

    Keep smiling,

  3. This sounds like an interesting hop. I’m always looking for honest critiques of my writing. Let’s see what I can suggest for yours.

    The interesting scene brings out a great concept of a woman at the funeral of a man she loved in a way that perhaps she shouldn’t. Rather than have her “enter” the visitation room, I’d look for a verb that shows the emotion of the event as she enters. Perhaps she stepped lightly with a glance in either direction or hesitated before dragging herself forward. I’d also work to remove the ‘be’ verbs. For example, instead of saying, “Some people were whispering,” why not start the sentence with “The whispers of, “Slut” by the older generation Italians failed to hide the obvious disdain for (MC), who had never held a Rosary or something else to show she’s not a Catholic. You want to show how these people feel about her rather than telling us. I’d also show emotions when she comes upon the stiff through internal dialogue. Seeing a dead person is a powerful scene, so you need to bring the pain of it to the reader by putting us into the main character’s head and heart. What was your purpose in mentioning that she’s never seen him in a tie before? Make sure there’s a reason for this rather than just a detail.

    Good luck. I hope this is what you’re looking for.

  4. Oh Debbie, this brings back the saddest of memories. I’d like to say thanks but no. Your writing touches me and hits all the right tones except for the Shaking now etc. Consider, “Trembling inside where no one could see, she moved toward the coffin.”

    1. Hi Charmaine. Yes, I realize that line is problematic and your suggestion works well. Thanks! Sorry to have stirred up sad memories for you.

    1. Welcome to The Den, Botanist. 🙂 Yes, it was intense and about to become even more so. Stay tuned! Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

    1. HI Sue Ann 🙂 Yes, the undertaker dressed him up. Those were the days of three piece suits and open collared shirts. (70s) Thanks for visiting.

  5. This is heartbreaking, Debbie. You’ve conveyed that she feels like an outsider here–on several levels. And now we know how difficult it was for her to go. That last line…how poignant. This snippet, I think, is particularly well-written. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Teresa. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Things get even worse, as you’ll see in due time. 🙂 Have a good week.

  6. Very nice, although the two sentences “Shaking now. They slowly made their way to the casket.” for me personally don’t make sense as stand alones. Perhaps they could be joined together with a comma?

    1. Good morning George. You’re right – it does look a little awkward. How about “She was shaking now”. Slowly…..” I don’t like the sound of that either. Let me think on it – need more coffee. Thanks for visiting and have a great day! 🙂

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