Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #20

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog hop that allows writers to share their 8-sentence excerpts to the blogosphere. These excerpts can be from published or unpublished works. If you’d like to join or would like to read some wonderful and talented snippets, please visit the WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, November 2nd.

I’ll get back to my celebrity scandal next week. Since it’s Halloween, I thought it’d be fun to share part of my short story, Plenty of Fish, that I plan to publish next month. Critique Circle is almost finished giving feedback, then I can revise away 🙂

In this suspenseful short, Mackenzie encounters a dangerous stranger…Here’s my excerpt:

“I’m sorry.” He frowned as though he were watching his dog be put to sleep. “I know I’m early, but I really wanted to meet you. You don’t have to be bashful with me.”

“I’m quiet with everyone until I know them.”

“But you know me.”

She looked at him, studying his face but still didn’t recollect anything. “I’m sorry, but I don’t.”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

 

 

Halloween Blog Bash–The 10 Spookiest Urban Legends

halloween%20blog%20bashUrban legends reveal our deepest, darkest fears. Some people dismiss them, but is that wise? Even if urban legends are a bit of exaggeration, there could be some truth to them. Here’s the top 10 spookiest urban legends I’ve ever heard (and let me tell ya, I’m a huge scaredy cat):

1.  Bloody Mary

A group of friends stood in front of a mirror and said “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary” repeatedly. After 13 times, something scary happened. Some survived. Some didn’t.

2.  The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs

A babysitter, who’s a teenager, kept getting prank calls from a creepy guy. He kept asking, “Have you checked the children?” After calling the cops, she discovered the creep was actually in the house!

3.  The Killer In the Backseat

A woman rode alone late at night. She’s scared because another car was riding fast with its high beams on. She tried to get away from the maniac–or was he really a maniac? Perhaps he was trying to warn her that a killer was in the back seat of her car!

4.  The Dead Boyfriend

A couple is at Lovers’ Lane late at night, making out. He left to use the bathroom in the bushes. After a long wait, the girl panicked. All of a sudden, she heard scraping on the roof of the car (almost like footsteps). She found her boyfriend hung from a tree.

5.  Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn On the Light?

A girl was in her dorm room, lights off about ready to fall asleep. She thought she sensed someone else in the room but talked herself out of it. When she woke up the next morning, she discovered a dead body. Written with blood on the walls “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights?”

6.  Mothman Sightings in Point Pleasant, WV

From November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967 the community of Point Pleasant spotted the Mothman (Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something). One sighting even happened in the year 2000.

7.  Monkey’s Paw

A person found a lucky charm, a monkey’s paw. He was granted 3 wishes. Be careful what you wish for. Instead of good things happening, there was a twist with every wish–a twist that made him suffer.

8.  The Dead Body Under the Mattress

A couple checked into a hotel room, which had a foul smell. They couldn’t take the stench anymore and called the front desk to complain. The staff took off the mattress and discovered something terrible: a dead woman’s body had been stuffed in the box spring of the bed.

9.  Buried Alive

A man, thought to be dead, was buried. Bad news–he wasn’t really dead. Scratch marks were found on the coffin lid as though he tried to escape his painful, slow, lonely death.

10.  What Do You Mean It’s Not a Halloween Prop?

A group of people went to a Haunted Fairgrounds for Halloween. People were dressed up in costumes and the area was decorated. Wow, the prop on the tree looked really authentic. A body hung from a tree. Only this body wasn’t in costume…this body wasn’t part of the Halloween event. This person had committed suicide.

Are there any urban legends that truly scare you?

This is the last day for the Halloween Blog Bash! Please check out Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer’s blog to read his reviews on scary movies and books or anything related to Halloween.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

And the Winner Is…

Last Friday I had a contest on my blog for a chance to win 3 horror books:

  • Matt Shaw’s Control
  • Jeff Menapace’s Hair of the Bitch
  • and Jack Kilborn’s Endurance

AND THE WINNER IS:

TESS K.

Congratulations!!!!!!!! Please send me an email so I can gift those 3 ebooks through Amazon. A bonus–if you’d be interested in reading my horror book One By One (slasher like the other books), then I can gift that to you as well. Just let me know 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #19

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog site that allows writers to showcase their published and/or unpublished work to the blogosphere by sharing an 8-sentence excerpt. It’s a great chance to get feedback on drafts or to find new readers for published stories. If you’d like to participate or find new authors, please visit the WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, October 26th.

Sequoia’s involved in a celebrity scandal, and she just finished reading a magazine article slut shaming her. She’s on her way to the airport with her best friend and co-star, Kenley. Here’s my excerpt:

“This will all blow over in a couple of months. Your friends and family have your back no matter what. They definitely went too far with calling you a whore in the title. I have a feeling many women will boycott that; influential, high executives, popular actresses–we won’t stand for that. Gossip Reel should be ashamed of themselves, a bunch of women setting us back. Men use that derogatory term against women, women shouldn’t use it on each other.”

“Do you really think some people will boycott?” [Sequoia asked.]

Kenley held Sequoia’s hand, keeping her other one on the 10 position of the steering wheel. “Absolutely, I’m first on the list.”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Halloween Blog Bash–Enter Contest For A Chance To Win 3 Horror Books!!!

23161303226008378495705halloween%20blog%20bashWHO LOVES FREE BOOKS? WHO WANTS TO ADD BOOKS TO THEIR KINDLE LIBRARY? BOOKS THAT WILL GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES? BOOKS THAT WILL SCARE YOU SENSELESS?

If any of this sounds appealing to you, then enter my contest for a chance to win:

  • Matt Shaw’s Control: A Novel of Psychological Horror and Suspense
  • JA Konrath’s Endurance–A Novel of Terror
  • Jeff Menapace’s Hair of the Bitch–A Twisted Suspense Thriller

THE RULES:

Leave a comment on this blog post or on my author Facebook page answering the question: “What’s your biggest fear or nightmare?” no later than October 30th 11 PM EST.

I’ll randomly draw names out of a hat on Halloween, October 31st to find the lucky winner of these 3 chilling books! So make sure to check my blog on Halloween to see if you were the lucky winner! I’ll ask you to send me an email with your name and email address so I can gift those 3 books to you through Amazon 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

P.S. This contest is featured for the Halloween Blog Bash of Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer. Check out his posts of scary movies and other things related to Halloween–more Halloween Blog Bash.

 

Weekend Writing Warriors Excerpt #18

Weekend Writing Warriors is an awesome blog hop that allows writers to share their 8-sentence excerpt to the blogosphere. It can be from a published or unpublished book. If you’d like to join or would love to read from talented writers, please visit the WeWriWa’s website on Sunday, October 19th.

Here’s my excerpt:

Sequoia placed her elbow on the door rest, then put her chin in the cup of her hand. She stared out of the window. When her manager had warned her that Gossip Reel would be brutal today, that was an understatement.

Kenley rubbed her friend’s shoulder. “It’ll be all right, Sequoia.”

She shook her head. “They called me a whore. A manipulating whore…America will hate me now.”

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Screenwriting VS. Writing Books

The other day was normal, until it wasn’t…

I was enjoying my morning bagel and orange juice, then I noticed commotion across the street (in fact, where Jumpin Java used to be). A crew of young people were rearranging props on the sidewalk. They looked pretty busy! That day I learned that a mini-series was taped; the main street of Charles Town, WV had to be shut down.

Awesome! By golly, I have to figure out what the mini-series is. Will it be on TV? On HBO? At the film festival being held at Shepherd University at the beginning of next month? Either way, how cool is it that the street I walk down every day caught a production scout’s attention!

I think I told you guys that Melissa and I have been writing a screenplay. It’s been pretty fun and a learning experience. I appreciate the art of getting in and getting out–something I tend to do with my books. Maybe just maybe, I’m focusing my creative attention on the wrong thing?

I love writing fiction, but it takes me several revisions to actually describe the setting, what the characters look like, how they’re feeling, etc. I write fast-paced books because that’s what I like to read, and I think my strength is plot and dialogue.

Dialogue and plot–sounds like key screenwriting elements to me.

I notice that, even though I’m a writer, I rarely discuss books with people or on forums. I can read something and be in the moment were it blew my mind, but then…it’s over. The feeling goes away, and I move on. It’s hard for me to remember book titles (I usually just remember the authors). I was tagged for a Book Hop, and for the life of me I can’t think of any books for the different categories (and there aren’t even that many)! That’s what’s taking me so long…

But, I love discussing movies and TV shows. I get excited over that, talking for hours and hours. Spending time online searching for spoilers. If there was a Movie Hop, I’d be all over that!

Even when I look at book covers, they aren’t book covers to me. I see them as movie posters. And, the book descriptions I enjoy the most are the ones that are quick and straight to the point with a teaser at the end. What’s that– a logline in film speak? Whether I enjoy a book or not is determined by how much I could vividly see everything like a movie.

I’m still working on my fiction because I’d like to be on bookshelves one day. But, don’t be surprised if you find my name in the credits as a TV, film, script,  and/or screenplay writer in the future 🙂 There’s plenty of research to do! Right now, I’m thinking the indie film route would be interesting or developing a TV drama on a popular network.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby