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Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday


It’s that time again! Time for another installment of 8-Sentence Sunday. This week, I’m continuing with the scene from Sex and the Widow Miles. Julie is finding her way in Chicago, making friends, volunteering at a battered women’s shelter, and also spending time with the handsome guy from across the hall, Will Brody. But she is still devoted her dead husband, which is creating quite a stumbling block for Will, who’s falling in love with her.  In this scene, they’re sharing supper and Julie’s amazed to find herself attracted to Will when she believed she’d belong to Charlie forever.

Charlie was with me. I felt him near all the time. I knew he approved of my moving to Chicago for the winter, and I sensed his support of my volunteering at the shelter…. Some nights, I talked to him, telling him about my day volunteering at the shelter or my visit to the new therapist or even that I’d found a new restaurant or an interesting shop. I could pretend he was just a few steps away in the bathroom or changing in the closet. When I was alone, I drew comfort from my memories and the sense that he’d always be with me. The therapist said it was perfectly normal to think, Oh, I’ll have to tell Charlie about this, or, Wouldn’t Charlie think this was hilarious? After being with someone for over thirty years, wanting to share your life with them was natural. But Dr. Jardin also encouraged me to find new friends, so that’s exactly what I was doing with Sarah Everett, the other volunteers at the shelter, and of course, Will Brody.

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14 Comments to

“Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday”

  1. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 9:49 am Marcia Says:

    What a touching snippet. Her thoughts and feelings are so real. I like your word choices here. I feel bad for her–it could be said she’s stuck in the past and it’s keeping her from living a full life with Will–but I’m betting the story goes way beyond that. This short excerpt does a lot of work. 🙂

  2. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 11:36 am Nan Says:

    Thanks, Marcia. She is stuck, but she’s getting unstuck…

  3. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm Skye Says:

    That is very real, the “Oh, I should tell X about this” part. It reads as real, too. I’m glad she’s getting unstuck, but sometimes it’s hard and takes a lot of time. It’s great that you are showing that.

  4. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 10:10 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Skye! it is hard to get unstuck–Julie’s had a rough year since Charlie died…

  5. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 1:24 pm Elaine Cantrell Says:

    This was so poignant. It emphasizes that life does go on even after such a devastating loss. Great job.

  6. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm Nan Says:

    Thank you, Elaine. So glad you came by!

  7. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 2:21 pm Susan Schiller Says:

    I love this character! To be happily, intimately connected to your husband for 30-years speaks of an undying love… and the grieving process she’s going through sounds natural.

    I like the hint of romance with Will – this is a great snippet – thanks!

  8. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm Nan Says:

    I’ve been married for 40 years, Susan… Thanks for coming by!

  9. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 6:05 pm Gemma Parkes Says:

    Wonderful emotive yet upbeat snippet. She seems oblivious at the moment about Will, hopefully she begin to live in the present with his help.

  10. Avatar July 7th, 2013 at 10:12 pm Nan Says:

    Hi, Gemma–she and Will are going to connect…we need her HEA, right? 😉

  11. Avatar July 9th, 2013 at 5:32 am Linda Hamonou Says:

    It looks like she will be ok, she is taking the right decision with the move, the therapist and making friends.

  12. Avatar July 9th, 2013 at 11:17 am Nan Says:

    Thanks, Linda! So glad you came by!

  13. Avatar July 12th, 2013 at 4:08 am Stevie Carroll Says:

    A lovely excerpt there.

  14. Avatar July 14th, 2013 at 9:36 pm Nan Says:

    Thanks, Stevie!