Sweet Saturday ~ 4/27/13 Speed Date

I’m starting on a new WIP today, called Speed Date.  It’s a short story I have hopes of turning into a novella or novel.  And what’s really strange is it’s contemporary and not erotic!  Virgin territory for me. LOL  The story just came to me and I ran with it.  I guess it’s inspired in part by the fact that I’m gluten intolerant and have been “glutened” pretty badly in the past.

This excerpt is from the very beginning of Speed Date and Roberta is panicking.

What the hell am I doing here?

I looked around the large, crowded room and my grip on the Gucci shoulder bag slipped.  Sweat was probably not good for the leather.

This was what you got for drinking too much.  I had to have been drunk—three sheets to the wind drunk—to have taken this dare.  That’s what I had been.  Two margaritas more than I should have had at Rachel’s last Saturday night.  Just enough to take the damned dare when Sydney made it.

I glanced around the room again, clutching the Gucci like a shield.

 I am so swearing off alcohol.

The official, a balding little man with clipboard in hand, motioned me to a nearby table.  I sat, pried the bag off my shoulder and leaned it against my leg for moral support.

Oh, God, I am so not ready for this.

Bong!

The sound of the gong deafened me as a pleasant-faced young man sat down opposite.

“Hi.  My name is George.”

“Hi.  I’m Roberta.”

I was speed dating.

I hope you enjoyed that little snippet.  There will be more from Speed Date tomorrow on Weekend Writing Warriors!  But for now, you should check out some more Saturday Samples.  Thanks for coming by!

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17 Responses to Sweet Saturday ~ 4/27/13 Speed Date

  1. Joselyn says:

    Great start! I look forward to reading more.

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  2. Cara Bristol says:

    Feels so real. Puts me right there. Nice.

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  3. Pingback: Weekend Writing Warriors: 04/27/13 Speed Date | Jenna Jaxon Romance–because passion is timeless.

  4. Toni Kelly says:

    I completely agree with previous comments that this is way too short! Nice transition into something new and looking forward to more!

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  5. Carrie-Anne says:

    It sounds like a fun story. We all need to branch out and try new genres or topics as writers, even if there’s still that one genre or focus we prefer.

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  6. Brenda D says:

    Dang it all. This was way too short, lol.
    You are a master, Jenna.

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  7. jeff7salter says:

    Too short. I want to know how she reacted to George.
    [BTW, I’m gluten intolerant also. But I didn’t even realize it until the fall of 2011, after many months of horrible stomach symptoms … and, of course, the usual battery of med. tests.]
    I have not deliberately ingested gluten in 545 days … though, as you already know, gluten is in everything (inclu. the coatings of certain medicines!).

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  8. Oh! It sounds like a great beginning. 🙂

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  9. Loved the excerpt!! I can’t wait to read more. Tweeted.

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  10. Sheri Fredricks says:

    You’re off to a great start! Looking forward to more.

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  11. Jean says:

    Speed dating? Yipes, enough to make anyone sweat, with or without the alcohol. You made me feel her emotions and now I want to know who she meets and how it goes. Great excerpt.

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  12. Sarah Cass says:

    Oh, I feel her pain. I hope speed dating goes well for her.

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  13. Sue says:

    You’re remarkable. Your creative juices never cease. This is first person POV? Another unusual style for you, isn’t it?

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  14. Rather her than me! Great beginning.

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  15. I agree with Daryl — the pace portrayed her panic beautifully!

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  16. Daryl Devore says:

    Awesome little snippet – the pace was so fast I could sense her panic.

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  17. A nice peek into the situation…I can feel the nervousness and regret. Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLE

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