Final Challenge of the Third Writing Campaign

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

Newsflash: I just found out that my sensual paranormal novella, Little Red Riding Wolf will be released on February 18th, 2012! Thank you Passion in Print Press!

Today I am posting my attempt at the final challenge of the Third Writing Campaign. It’s been fun and exciting to try to not only write extremely short, but to make it interesting, add a twist and incorporate weird words into my efforts. Here are the parameters for this weeks challenge:

Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:

  • that it’s morning, 
  • that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
  • that the MC (main character) is bored
  • that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
  • that something surprising happens.

Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: “synbatec,” “wastopaneer,” and “tacise.”   (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).

Tacise at the Beach

Cerise sat and extended her long bare legs in front of her, pushing her fingers high into the sky. Reaching for the streaks of iridescent color that heralded the dawn, she strove for enlightenment. It was elusive.

She bent at the waist. Bowed to the flat early morning ocean till her nose scraped the black sand between her thighs, and yawned.

This should be sacred time. Time to prep for her day as a synbatec. Without this time she knew she would lose it, as she applied the syntha-skin to each victim’s body.

But it wasn’t working. The repetitive lap, lap, lapping of the waves seemed repressive. Day after day the bright sun started as a glow, billowing out into a glorious sunrise that did nothing for her. And today was even worse.

Usually she could ignore sounds and scents that distracted her from her early morning tacise exercises, but today the stench of something caught between dead fish and excrement teased her senses.

She attempted ignoring the smell, but the best she could achieve was a flat un-involvement with her environment. This wasn’t working.

She stood, focusing her attention on the salty ocean smell, but it proved elusive, drowning under the putrid stench that wafted through her open mouth and choked her throat.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

“That’s it!” Cerise whirled around, hitting the button on her mini-holo sythiziser. The beach disappeared. Her apartment balcony burst into view, a wastopaneer lurching its way down the alley below.

“I’ve had it!” She slammed into her apartment. Shut the door on the noise of the automatic trash collector as it sucked up her roommate’s corpse from the alley pavement.

This wasn’t working. She’d thought getting rid of Tanya would help, but she still couldn’t get into the rhythm.

She’d have to move.

If you enjoyed the post, please vote for me at Rach Writes, I’m number 74. And be sure to check out some of the other fabulous entries and vote for them as well. All of us have worked very hard during the campaign to not only keep up, but write interesting content. And check back on October 24th for the first day of the Choose Your Own Adventure Bloghop, starting at midnight EST on Kerri Cuevas’ blog HERE.

While you’re here, don’t forget to leave a comment to enter today’s Halloween Treats Contest celebrating my contract for my sensual novella Little Red Riding Wolf. Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Rebecca York’s Dragon Moon.

Congratulations to Sharon Clare for winning Monday’s book! Send me your address through the contact box and I’ll mail your book.


During the entire month of October I’m giving away awesome books and everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into my final grand prize drawing on October 31st for three swag bags filled with goodies and a B&N gift card! Leave a comment to enter today!

Update: Thursday’s winner is Nicole Grueber! Send me your address and I’ll send you your book! Congratulations!








Filed under Third Writers Platform Building Campaign, Thursdays Bite

37 responses to “Final Challenge of the Third Writing Campaign

  1. The imagery is fabulous, really threw me in the scene with her. Nice job 🙂

  2. This piece has very vivid imagery and the mini-holo device is a great twist. The ending makes me want to know what comes after, and what led to this moment. Really well done.

  3. Well done, Jessica! Nothing like vacuuming up a room mate to get the day started neat and tidy.
    Congratulations on your release date!!! How exciting. I can’t wait to read it.
    Yay! How lucky, I won Monday’s book. Thank you very kindly. I’ll send you my address.

  4. Yikes! If knocking off her roommate didn’t make things work out, I’d hate to find out what will. Once again, you’ve done a great job! I’ve enjoyed reading your entries. 🙂

  5. Whoa, that was intense at the end!! Nice twist to the story! Great job!!

    I’m entry #5

  6. Oh man. That surprised me!!! I don’t want to get on Cerise’s bad side. Great job.

  7. Oh, I certainly had not expected this twist!

  8. Great use of those made-up words, Jessica. I could NOT have done it–except as a series of typos. Oh, man, am I EVER glad you were my next-door neighbor and not my room-mate in Boulder for our Margie Lawson IMC. You don’t answer the door on Halloween with a disabled chain saw or anything like that, do you? DO YOU? Would save you tons of money on candy after the first year, tho’. Just saying…

    • Oh, you could too do this! I’ve never tried it before this campaign thingy and at first it was really hard! But now I find that it is coming easier and easier. Do you think there is something odd that all three of them have been horror?
      You should come by my house and trick or treat, little girl…heh…heh…

  9. What a scary person you are! Someone being bored applying syntha-skin to corpses?! Yuk! The ending surprised me too. Funny. (Thanks for your comments on my entry)

  10. Dear, dear, she’s not a great roomate, is she? Mine is #56

  11. Jessica, I like the way your mind works. Off to vote.

  12. Nice use of the words! Very interesting take! ; )

  13. I love that it is a virtual beach and that she is a murderer. Very creative. I will admit sometimes I would kill for peace and quiet too 🙂

  14. Jen

    Great imagery here! And I love the random mention of her room mate’s corpse. I would definitely like to know what happens next.
    Mine is #25.

  15. Very cool, creepy world(s)! Loved it!

  16. Lol! Enjoyable entry. Knocking off your roomie to improve your day, ha-ha! Didn’t see that coming. Great world you built.

  17. A perfect paranormal twist. Great job. You’re moving into the second phase of voting. Congratulations.

  18. I loved your entry and was really surprised by the ending – a murderer who likes to do yoga! I really wanted to keep reading, so I have sent you through to the second round of judging, well done!

    Good luck in the next round 🙂

  19. Congrats on your release date, Jessica! How exciting! It’s what we all work for, isn’t it?

  20. YAY! Sci-Fi Horror! Love it! Super creepy twist at the end!

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