Weekend Writing Warriors: The Anti-Cupids (Photo-Op)

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We’re skipping over about half a page from last week, not only because I was going through a brief phase of very short sentences (don’t laugh, it could happen), but ALSO because Jack is about to figure out how he can show Viv that he’s a good guy, without apologizing for not-Renee.*

But first, Dennis asks him how the “cake tasting thing” went.


“Most of it was Kirsten making up David’s mind.”

Dennis grinned. “Sounds like fun.”

“Parts of it were okay—like the coffee once we escaped. Hey,” he said, as a thought struck, “mind if I take your picture?”


“No, don’t move.” Jack whipped out his phone.


These aren’t the plans I have for Dennis . . . but Jack’s current plan will help Viv in the next chapter.

Because I apparently think having my characters objectify an sweet, ridiculously attractive young man is okay.  Then again, he’s probably used to it AND he’s a figment of my imagination, anyway, more’s the pity.

Plus, he works in advertising, so who actually holds the moral high ground here? Huh?


*(and who I think I’m fooling with this “not” stuff, I don’t know—the name’s stuck and I know it).

Image of the  Alcatel 6030 by ElvisFer, via Wikimedia Commons.


40 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: The Anti-Cupids (Photo-Op)

    • Thanks, Paula! Kirsten is the center of most of the good lines in this story, so far. I think not-Renee will beat her total by the end, though. 🙂

    • Thanks, Teresa! Yep, this has been a blast, so far, though I’m starting to feel bad about everything I’m dumping on Viv… (I’m lying. I love it)

  1. I’m getting to like the name “not-Renee” — maybe you should go with that? Unique…catchy… 😉

    And I have to say I heartily approve of objectifying Dennis. It’s no different than creating cannon-fodder characters, except I’m guessing Dennis gets to live to the end and stay ridiculously attractive the whole time? Win-win!

    • I was considering having her change her name for professional modeling purposes, so I could have all the other characters call her “not-Renee” on purpose, but that would be stretching the cute, I think. 😀

      Dennis does live, yes—and I’ll be rewarding him amply for his patience. Okay, guilt gone. Thanks, Charley! 🙂

  2. Love that–just let me take your picture, and after it’s too late, then I’ll explain. Someone’s used to getting his way, now he needs to exercise that skill on Renee. (Who’s name grew on you, like a virulent fungus, I guess.)

    • Jack’s motivation is benign, and Dennis and he have been friends a long time. So there’s a certain amount of trust.

      But mostly because it’s funnier this way. 🙂

  3. Oh, I think I know what the pictures for, but I can’t wait to find out to see if I’m right. I have to say, this story is one that I look forward to every week for the witty banter! You always put a smile on my face!

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