How To Write A Lovemaking Scene

Most authors are faced with the question: Should I write sex scenes in my novels or short stories? Many factors come into play. What genre is the story? Will characters making love have an impact on the plot? If you decide to try your hand at it, there are some recommendations you should follow:

  1. Don’t force yourself to write a sex scene outside your comfort zone. Your discomfort will show up in your writing, making your words sound awkward.
  2. Stay away from too much technical and anatomical terms when describing the physical act. Readers don’t need to see “so and so inserted blank into blank”. Find a way to describe the characters movements in a way that helps the scene flow better. Readers want to feel the passion, not get a SexEd lesson.
  3. Focus on the emotional and physical elements. However, please stay away from purple prose. You don’t want your sex scenes to sound corny. Write how the characters are feeling and what they’re doing. Different scenarios will, of course, result in different reactions. For instance, if two people are in love, then their movements will be more sensual and caring towards each other. They’re more likely to participate in foreplay and slowly remove clothing, savoring the touch. If its a quickie between two strangers, probably just lust and passion filled with heat but only thinking of the other person as a piece of meat. Just keep in mind that every sex scene won’t be the same. Please describe it through the character’s mood/emotion at that time frame.
  4. Please no head-hopping. Please stick with only one character’s perspective throughout the scene, so the readers can get lost in the moment. It’s best to choose the one who it’ll affect the most afterward.
  5. Consider where the sex scene fits within your plot. Some genres you can get away with none at all. Others, readers will demand a refund if you don’t give enough. So only have your characters make love if it’s logical to the events occurring in the chapter or section of your book. For example, if two students are in the middle of taking a test, then it’s probably not the best time to insert a sex scene in that chapter.
  6. Last but not least, research more tips on how to write a lovemaking/sex scene besides just reading this list. There’s so much useful information out there to be absorbed by writers.

Are there any writers who would like to share tips on how they approach sex scenes in their novels or short stories? Or anyone know of any useful websites to read through that’s helpful on this subject?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Dark Passage: A Paranormal Thriller By Griffin Hayes

Tyson Barrett has carried a terrible secret his entire life. A secret that haunts his dreams and threatens to destroy the happiness he’s worked so hard to build. But those nightmares don’t just want to torture him. Somehow they’ve found a way out…and now they want him dead.

This 46 chapter novel exceeded my expectations. Already a fan of the author’s writing style, I knew the story would be spooky, entertaining, and action-packed. But it went well beyond that. I’ll never smell a pine tree scent or see a fly the same way ever again.

  • Griffin Hayes has an amazing talent with characterization, voice, and description. His creative, original metaphors helped enhance the narration. Each character sounded different. I got lost in the story, feeling what the characters felt. Experiencing what they went through because of the great use of showing rather than telling.

For the majority of the novel, Tyson and Hunter switched point-of-views, each having their own chapters. At first, its set-up where I had no idea how they could know each other or meet later in the story. Then, it’s finally revealed that Hunter’s patient Brenda (in a coma) is actually Tyson’s mother. Let me tell ya, the plot thickened! The premise was Hunter just got hired to join Sunnybrook Asylum as a doctor, and for awhile Tyson has had insomnia because of nightmares. He found Dr. Stevens to help him sleep by taking a dosage of medicine after every meal.

  • There were some chapters that showed the supporting characters’ perspectives as well. Pay close attention because these sections are very important in developing the plot and revealing some of the mystery.

My favorite line was: “Funny, he thought how so many of the fears that we carry with us aren’t much more than a product of an overactive imagination.” Boy was Tyson wrong LOL! Bad for him–good for the readers. This thriller was very entertaining.

Besides the suspense and action, I loved the drama elements as well. It helped me, as a reader, really care about the characters. Poor Tyson. Due to his long periods of insomnia, he pushed his family away, so eventually Ruma left him taking their son Kavi with her. Their conversations broke my heart, and I wished she would have gave him a second chance. I’m a sucker for happy endings. He met Judy, so I enjoyed their friendship blossoming. She was the only one who believed him about all the craziness going on. Tyson had a crappy childhood. His brother Alexander had died, his mom had attempted to kill Tyson. That’s why Brenda was locked up in the insane asylum. She was in a coma but had high brain activity levels (like she was dreaming). No. She was stalking Tyson and Kavi, plus turning Hunter into a madman.

Chills went down my spine whenever the characters died. The scenes were so disgusting–in a good way–and I kept looking down under the table to make sure nothing wasn’t crawling towards me. Also when Hunter went cray-cray, the other characters weren’t aware. So, I kept screaming “Watch your back”, especially that cafe scene with Ruma. When Ruma and Kavi visited Sunnybrook to get answers, I knew her telling him “When adults ask you a question, you better answer” would blow up in her face. Brenda was able to communicate with Kavi, getting his home address out of him. Dun, dun, dun…

I have to admit that I was scared when I saw it was 46 chapters, wondering when I’d have time to finish reading it. However, it was a very fast read. And, all the sections were important to enhance the story along further. The action and emotion weren’t lost. There wasn’t any boring setups or unnecessary backstory. All the twists and reveals kept me on my toes; the ending tied together nicely.

  • I could picture this as a movie. I could envision Logan Marshall Green as Tyson and Ryan Phillippe as Hunter.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Kreativ Blogger Award

Yea, my 3rd blogger award!!! Thanks to Kellie Larsen Murphy for nominating me. The steps I have to complete are:

1.  Thank my nominator and provide a link to their blog

2.  List seven things that readers might find interesting about me

3.  Nominate seven other bloggers

7 THINGS ABOUT ME

  • I hate surprises and mystery. I have to know right away the outcome. When I read a book, I cheat and look over the last 3 pages first. I look for TV spoilers before a new season airs (especially the MTV Challenges), and I like to hear about a movie before watching it.
  • I went to West Virginia University (Let’s Go Mountaineers!!!)–a huge party school–and I don’t drink. You can imagine how that was a conversation starter.
  • I absolutely, positively hate being labeled or having to fit inside a box. I’ll rebel against it in my own way. My motto in school was “Express Your Individuality.”
  • In my own life, I’m not competitive at all. If you want to win, don’t have me on your team. However, I’m a fan of the best sport teams. I can’t cheer for the underdogs unless it’s a movie.
  • When I write, I like to picture my stories as movies. I envision it on the big screen with my music soundtrack and cast of actors to play my characters. For book covers, I think of it as my movie poster.
  • I’m an introvert who’s perfectly fine with my little corner in a room being invisible
  • Drawing is a huge passion of mine–probably more than writing. I’ve been drawing since the age of 8, and creating stories since the age of 11.

MY NOMINATIONS (Sorry if you already won. I didn’t know)

  1. Laura
  2. Jade Alyse
  3. MyPenAndMe
  4. Armand Rosamilia
  5. RickySchaedeWrites
  6. Ioannis Batsios 
  7. Dennis Langley

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

The Versatile Blogger Award

I would like to thank Sharon C. Cooper for nominating me for my 2nd blogger award: The Versatile Blogger!!! When I first started blogging, I often wondered how people won, so I’m very happy to know that people enjoy my writing and posts.

As part of my nomination, I have to share seven facts about myself and nominate fifteen other bloggers. Here goes:

7 FACTS ABOUT ME

  • I love learning about psychology. It fascinates me why people act the way they do. I’m constantly researching this topic to make sure my characters are three dimensional.
  • The music on my IPOD is all over the place. If anyone ever asked to listen to it, they’d probably be like WTF.
  • I’m slow when it comes to trusting technology. I wait to buy gadgets when the price is reduced years later–once another new popular craze is approaching. This way the price is affordable, and I’ve made sure the product actually works (I’m big on reading product reviews).
  • I’m a penny-pincher. If it’s not a notebook or anything related to writing or drawing, then I’ll save my money.
  • When I go to restaurants, I buy the same thing every single time. If they serve breakfast all day, pancakes and bacon. If not, chicken tenders and fries (unless they sell mac and cheese).
  • Math was my favorite subject in school. I really thought I’d end up an accountant, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
  • Before the age of 13, I was a latchkey kid who lived off my own cooking. I only knew how to fix frozen dinners, toast, eggs, and mac and cheese. This is probably why I can’t cook now.

MY  NOMINATIONS (Sorry if you already won. I didn’t know)

  1. Kellie Larsen Murphy
  2. Isabella Louise Anderson
  3. Wendy Van Camp
  4. Perspicere
  5. Miss Alexandrina
  6. Simone Young
  7. Alex Sabo
  8. Elley, Nicole, Tari
  9. Ryan M. Murphy
  10. Miss Demure Restraint
  11. The Militant Writer
  12. Talin
  13. ML Campbell 
  14. Dennis Langley
  15. Jade Alyse

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Brush Strokes By Anais Morgan

I followed a forum conversation on Absolute Write (I want to say it was in the blogging, networking section). I liked a comment Anais wrote and noticed her sig has a link with her book mentioned.

Of course, I had to check it out because I found the title interesting. I liked the book description. Plus, the guy on the cover totally looked like Robert Pattison a little bit. I’m not a Twilight fan BY ANY MEANS, but he’s eye candy. And, I’ll always adore his performance on Remember Me.

There was confusion on my part because I thought I read that it was erotica. I expected another steamy treasure like Rea Thomas’ s Stolen Nights. Even with my brain fart, I don’t regret buying the short story.

Brush Strokes is the fifteenth book of my reading challenge. Here’s my thoughts:

Rose has been all but drug to a speed dating service with her best friend, secret crush and artist Sebastian. The night yields no luck so the pair takes the night to his place. Rose is given the chance to be the subject of Sebastian’s art. Something she has always dreamt about but has been too afraid to say anything.

What Rose doesn’t know is Sebastian has been harboring the same feelings for her. And he has more plans than just painting.

This 4 chapter book had interesting characters. Sebastian and Rose were pretty cool. I enjoyed their sarcastic sense of humor. And, I appreciated that Rose wasn’t one of those girlie-girl types. It made her first person point-of-view account fun to read.

I liked the opening. I’ve never been to a Speed Dating event, and hopefully, I never have to LOL. I personally thought that Sebastian (on the book cover) sort of resembled Robert Pattison, so the fact that Sebastian asked Rose to leave the event to watch Twilight seemed like an inside joke.

It was sweet that both friends had developed feelings for each other since the moment they met but was too shy to say anything. To act on their feelings. I know what that feels like, so I can relate.

The story ended with Rose’s portrait going on display at Sebastian’s art exhibit. His gesture for her was the cutest thing ever.

I wished the pacing could’ve slowed down some. It felt like I was reading a sports event because the action was shown with short sentences lacking any mention of emotions involved–this was why I figured Rose wasn’t a sensitive or romantic type. It felt like I was reading about Rose and Sebastian’s journey on finding love instead of getting lost in the story and feeling what Rose felt.

Anais Morgan has a great talent with plot. I really loved the chain of events that transpired in her characters’ lives–Speed Dating, asking her to pose for him, the painting, Art Exhibit. I’d be interested in reading a longer piece of fiction from her because I know there’d be no boring moments.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 30 (SUCCESSFUL!!!!)

MAY 9TH – 1,634 WORDS

TOTAL AFTER 30 DAYS: 50,167 WORD COUNT

The last day!!!! What a relief!!!! That’s all I kept thinking this morning. I felt like weight had been lifted off my shoulders; the faster I could write 1,666 words, the sooner I could finish my goal. In Jumpin’ Java, Nicholas asked to read one of my books to see how good I am (he was nice at first but since then turned into a bug-a-boo). He asked me on scale of 1 to 10 how good of a writer was I. Of course, I said 11. Might as well give off confidence. If I don’t believe in my writing, no one else will. He made the mistake of grabbing for my stack of papers on the table, so I snatched them away from his hand. When will people learn to respect my space?

I also talked to Haylie, who informed me Jumpin’ Java is haunted. Say what now? I believe in ghosts, so I was automatically fascinated and wanted to hear every detail of how she knew. So spooky. The cafe used to be a storage for coffins back in the olden days, and the post office used to be the jail where John Brown served his sentence until he was hanged. I learn something new every day.

Despite my conversations with people, I was productive in writing and created around 1,600 words. Today was a really busy day with new customers coming in. I’m the type of person who looks up every time the door opens to see who walks in. So let’s just say, there was plenty of distractions, but I was so happy when I reached my mark. Now, I could relax all day!

  • Melissa, Robin, and I extended our NaNo challenge for one more week in case people need to catch up on word count. Since I beat it, I’m simply finishing my novel. Hopefully, it’ll be completed by next Friday. After that, we start the editing process–oh boy.
  • I reached the scene where they find the second victim’s body. It’s so surreal that 30 days have gone by. It seems like we started this writing challenge yesterday.

All I know is that my life has gone back to normal since bug-a-boo NaNo is finished hee hee. I created more mock book covers and will present them to Melissa and Robin to receive their opinions. I want this story published, so the book cover will keep me motivated to follow my dreams. To stay on track.

  • I stayed on Facebook for so long, I almost fainted. Usually I write a status update, don’t even bother checking other peoples’ walls or looking at the home page, then quickly log off. Not today. Why? Because I had time –NaNo’s over!!! I even critiqued my writer group’s stories. Why? Because I had time–NaNo’s over!!! That will never get old to say hee hee.

I’m happy to report that I succeeded in my NaNoWriMo 30 day challenge. I told you guys I would; my inner nerd refused to let me fail.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 29 (Can See Story As A Finished Product)

MAY 8TH – 1,969 WORDS

At the train station, I was mesmerized by all the different pamphlets. My favorites were the scenic train rides, sightseeing, and the national aquarium. It reminded me of my 6th grade field trip to Baltimore. Very interesting morning–people fought over 0.50 cents. Yes folks, you see the correct amount, no typo: 0.50 cents. Let’s just say, I didn’t get any writing accomplished at the train station.

In the morning, it was only me and Robin at Jumpin’ Java. We watched YouTube and talked about the history behind Charles Town. She suggested that I should look at the records in the library since I have names of my ancestors (even some slave names). It would be so cool to find information on them. And, I never knew that there’s a cave with a stream underneath Charles Town. Basically, if town collapses, we’ll all drown. I learn something new everyday.

  • With Robin’s suggestion, I know my next novel idea. It’ll be another suspense–someone obsessive over a person who doesn’t realize until too late. With this NaNo story, I realized that I enjoyed writing in this genre. At first, I thought I’d mostly write romance or women’s fiction, so I should use my name. Now, I’m debating that. I think it’ll be cool to write these suspenseful mysteries, so maybe these genres should use my name, and the women’s fiction can use a pen name.

I wrote during my lunch break in case I got tired at home. It rained and was dreary ALL DAY, making it the perfect setting to be motivated to write. No way I wanted to go out in that mess. I reached around 400 words–better than zero. I reached Chapter Eight where the second body is found. Dun, dun, dun… Keeping my momentum going, I decided to print off a mock book cover, experimenting with different font sizes and styles.

At home, I started at 8 PM. Eventually I stopped to download two more ebooks. Such a temptation to read them tomorrow hee hee. Gasp, tomorrow will be the last day. Will I reach 50,000 words?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Something New By Sharon C. Cooper

I found Sharon C. Cooper’s blog by browsing the wordpress dashboard. I’m all about reading other writers’ blogs, especially the ones who share their personal journey. She’s really  nice and actually comments to all the people who visit her blog. At the time, she was looking to get published. So, I’m happy it happened for her. Wanting to support her, I brought her book.

Something New is the fourteenth book of my reading challenge. Here’s my thoughts:

Entrepreneur, Simone Edwards, did what any intelligent woman with a ticking biological clock would do: she asked her longtime boyfriend to marry her. Devastated when he turns her down, and fed up with dead-end relationships, Simone swears off men…and takes a vow of celibacy. How hard could it be? She soon learns it’s harder than she thinks when the most irresistible man in the world, Tim Hollister, shows up at her job. She hasn’t seen him in over ten years, and quickly realizes he is a temptation she doesn’t want to resist. But isn’t there some rule about dating your friend? Simone must decide if a romance with Tim is worth risking their friendship, and her reclaimed virginity.

Betrayed by his supermodel ex-girlfriend, who happens to be the mother of his child, Tim Hollister has placed a padlock on his heart. But when Simone, an old high school friend, falls back into his life, he soon forgets his promise to stay clear of beautiful women. Simone was always like a sister to him, but he discovers that his feelings for her aren’t very brotherly. He’s captivated by the woman she’s become and wants to take their friendship to the next level–despite her resistance. Tim can’t avoid their new-found passion, and sets out to prove he’s the man for her.

This is a sweet romance.

I loved this 22 chapter novel. It was so sweet and romantic, and I got lost in the story–the fantasy of it all. Who wouldn’t want an old friend to fall in love with them after reuniting? The author has a wonderful gift of painting a full picture with beautiful imagery, without it being purple prose or sounding corny. Besides the romance, I definitely enjoyed the drama of it all. It was so realistic the struggles the characters went through.

  • Simone and Tim’s interactions sparked my interest the second they bumped into each other at the airport. That brief encounter meant something special, confusing them because they hadn’t kept in touch after high school. And, when he helps her with her business, the way she tries to avoid him was funny. He wasn’t having any of that lol.

The point-of-view switched from Simone to Tim’s perspective (my favorite types of books to read). It helped the readers pinpoint the exact moment they fell for each other while the other was kept in the dark. Like readers are in on the little secret. The characters were Christians, so they were respectful and kind,  yet not boring. My favorite characters were Simone, Tim, and Dallas. Dallas was a trip but in a fun way.

While embarking Simone’s life journey, I could relate. It sort of felt like I was reading about my life magnified by ten-thousand. She wore ponytails, plain jane in school, got one tattoo, had rocky relationship with her mom. Poor Simone. Her mother was crazy, rude, and any other negative trait imaginable. Their conflict was interesting and realistic–I could see why Simone was fighting her faith on forgiving her. Her mom truly tried her patience and love.

I loved the conflict and tension; of course, there has to be unlikeable characters. No one wants to read a happy story about happy people who only do happy things. Kenny (Tim’s brother) was extremely jealous of Tim. Talk about someone needing therapy. I like how the story introduced him briefly at the beginning setting up that he’d be an important secondary character to look out for. Then, there was Andrea, the mother of Tim’s little girl (so adorable!). Andrea was a spoiled, model-celebrity, but came around at the end.

My favorite line was “She screamed at the mess that resembled her personal life–a shattered dream.” This was after Simone was devastated that Glen turned down her marriage proposal at the Bahamas. It’s interesting that things happen for a reason. If that wouldn’t have happened, she wouldn’t have met Tim at the airport.

I liked that the main characters were minorities, who were positive role models. The ending was suspenseful; it kept me on the edge of my seat. I could definitely picture this book as a movie. I could see Gabrielle Union as Simone and Morris Chestnut as Tim. I’ll find any excuse to have him on the big screen.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

To learn more about Sharon C. Cooper and/or her book, please visit:

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Room 317 By R.M. Voza

Someone wrote me a comment about NaNoWriMo tips, so, of course, I had to check out his blog. From there, he had written a post that had a few comments. I liked the commentators (Darla and Rich), clicking on their blogs as well.

I found a blog with some book descriptions that sounded interesting; I decided to try Room 317 first. He had even joked that he doesn’t promote himself. With his writing ability, the author should definitely market his books, so I’ll help him out hee hee.

Room 317 by R.M. Voza is the thirteenth book of my reading challenge. Here’s my thoughts:

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere is Room 317. That’s where everything ends.

Five people will walk in. One will walk out. One will limp out. One will be thrown out. Two will be carried out. The five of them come from many places. California, New Jersey, and a few places between. What brings them there is all very different. What gets them out is pretty much the same. There will be bullets, broken glass, and blood. All of them will be changed. Not all of them will see tomorrow.

John Page has always tried to do the right thing, but others have taken advantage of his good nature and placed him on the wrong side of the gavel. Losing his job and family and being publicly smeared are more than he can handle. After selling everything worth a buck and stuffing anything needed in a backpack, John steps on a westward bus without certainty of where he is going other than to be far away from anyone who knows him. He has one plan: to selfishly forget his past and never lift a finger to help anyone but himself.

En route to nowhere, John meets several interesting people. Melissa is a single mother heading from Philadelphia to Southern California with her 7-year old daughter Charlotte. Unfortunately, one of them won’t make it home.

There’s a young couple whom John nicknames “Hoody and Bunny.” They constantly look over their shoulders and while protecting a small package Hoody seems to have a tight grip on something in his pocket, while Bunny has eyes that plead for help.

At each step across the country, John learns a little more about Hoody and Bunny, but none of what he learns is good. He also learns a little more about Melissa and Charlotte, but it’s a painful reminder of the child he left behind.

All of them have very different pasts that have brought them traveling in the same direction. All of them, and others, will eventually meet in Room 317 of a dark motel in the middle of nowhere. The police will be there, but they will not be of much help. Sometimes we create our own problems. Sometimes we are the only ones who can solve them.

Room 317 is a place where everyone’s mistakes collide, everyone’s history will become the present, and everyone’s life will be on the balance. Not everyone will live. Not everyone will want to.

Richard Voza draws several lines in the dirt, dramatically brings them all together, ties them in a knot of tension, and cuts most of them lose.

This 17 chapter book was so depressing, and I loved every second of it. Poor John–through his flashbacks, I could understand why he gave up all hope. He couldn’t catch a break! The story was very intense, raw, and edgy. Think Degrassi’s theme: It goes there.

  • I enjoyed the set-up that the story takes place on a bus; its the perfect place to let your mind wander about your past, present, and future. Plus, it reminded me of all the times I rode the Greyhound to Morgantown from Hagerstown. The longest bus ride I took was eight hours to Cleveland. Anyway, back to John’s dilemma. Nicole–a spoiled brat (total understatement)–ruined his and Jessica’s life just because she wanted to be valedictorian. The women he fell in love with dumped him for her abusive husband, and his crazy ex-wife was pathetic. She set John up, so he can never visit his kids again. It was trifling after trifling after trifling events revealed of his past, and it all tied nicely together, especially the reason John left his teaching position.

The suspense grabbed my attention from beginning to end. I was suspicious that the older couple on the bus knew something about John. A blue Cadillac always followed the bus, and I knew automatically that Bunny and Hoody were shady. Something bad would happen; it was just a matter of when. I sat on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I loved John’s interaction with the child Charlotte and her mother Melissa. It was a nice surprise to get a sort of love story out of the suspense, drama element. It was so cute the way their friendship developed, especially the beginning stages. My favorite moment was when he had written something about her in his notebook (he had a Book of Observations–so awesome), and she happened to come across the page and wrote something for him. So sweet.

  • I also liked the bar scene. John got along with the waitress and Erin, who sat beside him mistaking John for Jim. Talk about awkward lol. He had such a depressing life; he deserved some moments of happiness, even if only for a few minutes.

I have several favorite lines that it’s not even funny. “Same shit, different state.” I’d totally buy that bumper sticker.

  • “Connections lead to disconnections. Disconnections lead to pain.” It broke my heart the reason John wanted to keep distance from others.
  • “…longer it would take for her to look at him, the more he was certain that she had a new awareness of something.” I absolutely enjoyed the tension in that scene–John wanted to know why Melissa was avoiding him, and he wanted to know right now.

The author has an amazing talent of being very descriptive and using beautiful imagery. I got lost in the story to the point that I was worried about the characters safety and really hoped for a happy ending for John. R.M. Voza was great with the drama elements that I cried at three different sections of the novel. Something I’m not even embarrassed to admit. I’m not talking about shedding a tear and taking a moment to reflect what I had just read. I’m talking about body shaking, throat sore, hard to swallow because of knot, having to grab tissue because of watery eyes and runny nose.

The story ended perfectly and Melissa’s actions throughout the trip made sense once everything came together. Too bad she got kidnapped. Want to know what happened, read the book. Room 317 was a fast read; I didn’t take a break once from my Kindle.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 28 (Embracing My Writer Identity)

MAY 7TH – 1, 630 WORDS

I had fun at Jumpin’ Java today even if I was alone most of the time. You know a certain vibe you get when you assume someone wants to speak to you, but they never do. Well, Nicholas introduced himself (I guess he wanted to wait until I was alone). He thought I was a teacher because he always noticed I “correct something.” Taking everyone’s advice, I’ve decided to embrace my writer identity. So I told him I’m a writer; now he calls me “novelist.”

I’ve been dining in Jumpin’ Java for about a month now–officially 30 days on May 9th. I’m not talking just eating then leaving right away. I’ve been spending a good 2 hours each morning–minus weekends–in there, so it was about time I talked to the lady behind the counter. Somehow we got on the subject of WVU (we both attended). She asked me when I graduated, and Haylie couldn’t believe my age. She said I definitely don’t look like it. If that’s not a compliment, then I don’t know what is hee hee. Let’s just say, my day went swell.

  • Since I’ll be a regular customer even after NaNo is over, I might as well mingle with the staff and other regular customers. I can’t stay a quiet wallflower forever.

I wrote at Jumpin’ Java (a little over 1,000 words) as well as during my lunch. I’ve reached the part where the second victim is dead upstairs. Dun, dun, dun…The other characters don’t know it yet. Since I only have 2 days to complete NaNo, I know I won’t finish. I’ll get passed my word count of 50,000 but I still have 7 more victims to go. Excited that this will be my first story that passes the novella stage.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby