Monday, January 30, 2017

The Snippets Tag

First off I would like to thank Savannah, because she said anyone could do this tag, so I believed her. ;D

- The Rules -

1. Include the graphic Madeline created or link to Madeline in the post 
2. Answer all the questions, however you want to. Creative interpretation is the key here! You can use the book you're currently working on to answer the questions, or other books you've started or have written. 
3. Tag 2-5 other bloggers 

1. Share your most gripping, fascinating, and hooking first line of a story. 

I stood in the crowded ballroom, surrounded by people, all of whom thought I was someone different than who I really was. 

-Masquerade 2014-

I'm not really great at writing opening lines. =P

2. Share a snippet that made you want to shout to the world that you're SO. HAPPY. 

“I love this show!” Travis smiled.  
“Ugh, I hate this show.” Nancy sneered at the screen. 
Both Travis and I leaned over to look at her with raised eyebrows. 
“How can one girl hate so much?” Travis said in disbelief. 
“I don’t know, she probably had a lot of practice with my cat.” 
“How can you learn hate from a cat?” 
“My cat hated everything … well, except tuna and my bed.” I said, shrugging. 
“Hey, Nancy, do you like tuna?” Travis asked, looking over at her.
“What?” She asked. 
“Never mind.” 

-Where Did the Super Glue Come From 2014-

3. Share a snippet that gives you a bit of insight into one of your most favorite characters ever. 

 “That’s just it.” I said, “There are so many people at stake here, more than me and Eric, or even the people at A.C.T. Every single person in this world has an impact on the people around them and people like Eric are just sending those around him to bad things. I know I’ve lived a life for God, even if I haven’t followed him perfectly, but I think I’ve made a difference. All those people at A.C.T. have a difference to make as well. They are saving lives every day. Maybe this will give people a chance to come to Christ and to bring others to him also. I don’t want to shirk my duty today if it means the countless life’s of the people who will be affected.” 
For a moment, I just stood, watching David process what I had said. I was scared to death, but I knew now this was what I was supposed to do. And who knew, maybe there would be a way out. 
“You certainly had an impact on me.” He said. 
“I’m glad. And I am so thankful for our friendship.” 
He smiled “I’ve got a feeling, Mandy, that God’s still got a lot planned for you.” 
“Selfishly, I hope so to.” 

-Just Your Ordinary Spy 2016-

Mandy is my favorite character I've ever written about and here, in book three I really feel like I get to her core.

4. Share a snippet that gets you beaming with pride and you're just like 'yep, I wrote that beauty'.  

That day Jackie actually did pretty well at improving her act. In fact, for two weeks she amazed her dad with how much she minded him. But, soon the memory of the heart mistress was not so fresh on her mind and she began to think of it as a weird dream. Soon, she fell back into all her old habits, and some new ones to. Each one distressing her dad, and each time she did something wrong, a tiny piece of the heart fell off. Seven months later there was only a tiny sliver left, and it had turned to a faded red. Jackie Groff’s heart was slowly blowing away to nothing, and she had chosen to ignore that fact. Instead, she went on her way, doing what she thought was making her happy, but deep down in was only inflicting her pain, making her heart grow smaller every time. 

-Heartless 2015-

Yeah, this may sound odd, but I really loved my style here.

5. Share a snippet of genius, deliciously witty dialogue between your characters. 

“Good, now let’s get back to that matter at hand.” I smiled.
“Cute pun.” 
“Stop goofing off.” 
“Because I told you to.” 
“That’s no fun.” Travis pouted.
“All right, you can goof off again.” 
“Just don’t yank my hand off, okay?  I don’t want to spend tonight in the hospital.” 
“You’re right, you might wrinkle your dress.” 
“And you might rumple your perfect hair. How much hair gel did you put in it this morning?” 
“Only a half-bottle. I wanted it to look nice all day long.” 
“Well it certainly looks stiff.”
“Kinda like Nancy?” 
“Cut it out, Travis.” 

-Where Did the Super Glue Come From 2014-

6. Share a snippet that leaves you breathless, in a cold sweat with action-induced intensity. 

The alarm still rung above in an annoying incessantly while Matt started to pick the lock. Now it was my turn to watch my clock as I watched him twist and turn a little tool in the door knob. 
Suddenly the alarm stopped. I stood still for a moment as it caught me off guard.  If I had thought it felt tense before with the alarms ringing, it was nothing to what I felt now. The whole building felt deathly silent. My own heartbeat rang in my ears and I wished I could get rid of its ever present noise. Even the turning of Matt’s tool in the lock seemed to make too much noise. Suddenly he pulled it out and slowly turned the knob, opening the door while making as little noise as possible.

-Just Your Ordinary Messenger 2016-

7. Share a snippet of a most interesting first meeting between your characters. 

“I wonder if there are people who really act like that?” I said as a commercial came on.
“Most likely.” I turned and looked at the guy who now had an outstretched hand. “Hi, I have no clue who I am.” 
I laughed as I took his hand. “Good, because I don’t know who I am ether.”
“I see we’re in here for the same reason.” He chuckled “It does seem odd not to know what to call each other.”

-Am I Forgetting Something 2014-

Consider yourself tagged, if you'd like!


  1. Your snippets sound amazing! What a neat tag. :)

  2. Your snippets were great, Mikayla (I'm glad you stole the tag ;))! Where Did The Super Glue Come Frome sounds like a fun story ;).

    ~ Savannah

    1. Thank you!! Haha, thank you for letting me steel it. ;D Thank you!


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