Today’s lineup: some flash fiction, a public service announcement about Communicable Versatility, and Write Thing Wednesday’s Blog Mash Up. Enjoy!
Change is in the Air
“Show him.” Grandma elbows me.
“Alright!” I pull up my shirt.
She jabs my chest. “See! No hair! And look at his teeth.” Grabs my chin. “Show him, Harry.”
Dr. Marius pats Grandma. “You can’t rush biology.”
“His brothers changed younger than this. His little sister!”
Bet they heard that in the waiting room.
Poster on the wall. Cute kids grinning. Sun shining. Flowers blooming. Big, bold letters proclaiming, “Protect them! Prevent fleas!”
“Sometimes late-bloomers surprise you, Mrs. Henderson. Eduardo Lupo was a late-bloomer.”
Eduardo Lupo. Founder of our community.
On the way out, I see Mindy Conrad. Heard she changed last year.
She tosses her hair and smiles.
Great. She must have heard Grandma. Like this puberty thing isn’t hard enough for a werewolf.
Maybe the world’ll end tonight.
I drag myself out of bed. Look at the calendar.
Full moon tonight.
In the kitchen, Dad’s at the stove. Mom and Grandma wolfing down steak and eggs. Steve and Earl gone to soccer practice. Celia waiting for a plate.
The crack of dawn and my sister’s already sporting prodigious sideburns
Dad slides Celia a plate. She dives in. Steak looks like it barely kissed the pan.
I wait for my stomach to clench. It growls instead. “Medium rare, Dad.”
Grandma smiles. Elbows me.
All day at school, I’m in the best mood ever. I see the Eduardo Lupo statue towering over the quad. Admire his eternal howl. Bulging muscles. Enormous claws.
Watch out Little Red Riding Hood.
Change is coming. I feel it. Skin and teeth tingling.
We gather at the wood’s edge just before moonrise. The moon heaves her luscious self over the hills. Change rolls through us. Muscles bunch and quiver. Claws and teeth grow. Fur sprouts.
Doesn’t hurt. Feels…gooood.
Smell of earth. The others. Moonlight singing so loud.
The others ahead of me.. Howling.
I howl…comes out a yowl. No matter. My fur blows gloriously back as I run.
And I’ve got claws. Oh have I got claws.
Commotion ahead. Howling stops. The others turn back. Running at me.
Another group chasing. Humans. Guns and crossbows with bolts gleaming silver in the moonlight.
I bolt. The pack on my heals.
Behind me, they fall. One by one. Yelping.
I run blindly.
A little crevice. Nowhere else to go. Way too small. I squeeze in. Turn around. Curl up.
Slayers right outside.
“We get ’em all?”
One, a girl, peeks into my hidey-hole . “There now, sweetie. Those nasty things won’t get you. Here, kitty-kitty.”
My growl comes out like a hiss.
Crap to the hundredth power.
“Come on. We’ll get some milk.” She reaches in.
I wanna bite her but…
Milk? That sounds pretty good. I let her pull me out, a low purr starting up and rumbling through my body.
All that running’s made me thirsty.
Edited to add: This flash fiction piece was written for my May Writing Challenge.
Community is so important. That really goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Community is vital.
New writers and writers who are newly out-of-the-closet are especially in need of supportive community. Sometimes our friends and family might look at us a little cock-eyed when we announce that we are writers. They might be too polite (or not, in some cases) to tell us they think the idea is nuts. Of course, sometimes our friends and family members are our biggest cheerleaders. Even with all that support on the home front, we still need a sense of belonging in the larger world.
It can be so terrifying to put ourselves out there. Ultimately, writing (really, any art) is about communicating something to another. The idea of being published, maybe even rich and famous, is pretty exciting, but it all boils down to sharing something we can’t communicate in any other way with another. The first time we do that in public, it can be beyond terrifying. That’s where the supportive community comes in. Bloggers, writers, readers. They surround us with support and encouragement and even fair critique when we need it.
I’ve been blown away by the beautiful community I’ve encountered since I started blogging. You guys have given me the the extra boost I need to keep going when the inner critic is freaking me out. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Last month, several wonderful people awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award. April was a crazy-busy month and I wasn’t able to put together a post for them. I wanted to make sure that I thanked these awesome folks for their thoughtfulness and encouragement. Many, many thanks to Madison Woods, Selena Wolff, Tara Tyler, and Carolyn Arnold.
The rules of the award:
Link to awarder (done, done, done and done :D)
List 7 things about yourself
Pass the word on to 15 other bloggers
Seven things about myself:
I have 3 dogs (a pomeranian, a pom-maltese, and a chiwhatwhat…a half-chuahua/half-something-or-other) and tuxedo kitty.
I lean more towards the unschooling end of the spectrum when it comes to homeschooling
I studied microbiology and psychology at university (does that make me a crazy germophile?)
I loooove wasabi…my love for sushi might be just an excuse to have some wasabi.
I talk to myself, the animals, the computer, the tv, my phone…pretty much anything in my vicinity.
I like soaps. Really. I’ve been watching GH and OLTL for more than 20 years.
I am learning to play piano…very, very slowly (and probably pretty badly :D)
There are far more than 15 bloggers that I’d like to pass this award on to. So many wonderful people. But I’ll leave some for next time. 😀
Write Thing Wednesday Blog Mash Up
In which I offer you a tempting array of blog posts that caught my eye over the last week…
Jeff Greene shares his plotting process. Check out the series.
Laura E. Bradford tells us: You Need Social Media–Even if You Think You Don’t
Adventures in Children’s Publishing shows us a nifty way to outline while we’re writing.
A Deeper, Richer Understanding of Craft from Larry at Storyfix.com
Discover The Defining Scene – Character Intros by Jordan Dane at The Kill Zone.
T.N. Tobias tells us 10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist.