Weekend Writing Warriors #70!

Goooood morning, writers and readers! Hope you’re getting nicer weather than we are here in Canuckland. The best thing to do when you get snowed/iced in is to stay cozy in your PJs and write! So here’s the fruit of my labour: another excerpt from Learning to Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

Of course, he couldn’t recall worth a damn the room number or which stairwell to take to get there fastest. So, kicking off the desk, he headed out the door to map his route.

Fifteen minutes after the final bell, and the place was already a ghost town. People didn’t stick around on Fridays. Well, he couldn’t blame them for that. At the ad agency, he’d only have put in a half day’s work at three-fifteen. Most days he didn’t leave the office till closer to eight, too tired to do anything but peel out of the parking lot and beeline it to the nearest drive-thru serving the crap his latest campaign targeted at teenagers. Greasy, delicious, artery-clogging goodness.

So good it killed.

Taking a shuddering breath, he turned the corner and drew up short.

Here’s the blurb:

Rebecca Ledgerwood is a Physical Education teacher who’s ready to invest some sweat equity into a lasting romance. On a whim, she has her palm read before summer vacation ends, and she’s told she’s an old soul who’ll find happiness with a younger man.

William Whitney leaves an unfulfilling career to pursue teaching and gets placed at Rebecca’s school for his Physical Education practicum. He’s desperate to make a difference, convinced that the choices he made in the past contributed to his younger sister’s death. Kendal High School is nothing like the prep school he attended as a teenager, but he’s determined to make the most of his time there, especially if it makes Rebecca notice him.

Though they come from vastly different backgrounds, there’s an undeniable chemistry that sparks between the two. They resist, as they must, until his practicum ends, but when he’s offered a teaching position at his former prep school, will he take the easy way out, or fight for what’s right in front of him?

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

I’ve been playing in a table tennis league for the past few months and having the time of my life! Before joining the league, I was a casual ping ponger who played maybe two or three times a year, whenever the opportunity arose. But my skills have improved, like, WOW with regular play against people far more skilled than I. A few weeks ago, the Ottawa Sport and Social Club asked to do a player profile on me, which was thrilling. Here’s a link to the video interview if you’re so inclined: Clicky!

Enjoy your week, my friends! 🙂

20 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #70!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    So what did he see when he turned the corner? I’m laying money on it being the heroine.

    I’ve read about your nasty burst of weather. FYI, in Tucson it was 81. That’s 27 to you. My wife is in Toronto visiting our two sons who live there, and she said that with the freezing rain she was too scared of falling to set foot outside the apartment. She was really looking forward to some cool weather for a change. Be careful what you wish for!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hope you bet all your savings on that one. 😉

      I would happily take 27 degrees over this disgustingness. Tell your wife to stay safe and warm indoors. I heard there were over 500 collisions reported yesterday in the GTA. Sheesh!

  2. Teresa Cypher says:

    Nice little hook at the end of that snippet!

    Great idea to stay inside. A wild weather ride, for sure. It was 79 here yesterday, not all that far south of where you are. Stay safe.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Teresa! 😀

      I will totally trade you our 26 degrees for your 79. Deal? I plan on staying put and keeping my PJs on. That’s the safest place to be!

  3. Laura Hile says:

    Greasy, delicious, artery-clogging goodness.

    Sigh. How we loves that killer food!

    I’m with Ed. What brought him to a halt?

    Thanks for sharing, Julie. Happy Weekend!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Why does it have to taste so damn good? Whyyyyyy?!?! 😀

      You’ll find out next week! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  4. Amy Braun says:

    Haha love this, and the cliffhanger ending!

  5. Maggie Wells says:

    Dun dun dun! Fabulous as always. If it makes you feel better it’s cold (40s) and gray here in Arkansas today. Of course, it’ll be 70 and sunny tomorrow…

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I would feel better if we were together in Fiji. 😀 Thanks, Maggie!

  6. Botanist says:

    LOL! What a place to stop at! What did he see around the corner?

    And you might like to know there’s one corner of Canada staying ice-free. Here on Vancouver Island we’ve got some sun and I might even get to sit out on the deck today. Hang tight. Winter will soon be over.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      “Sorry,” she says with a wicked smile.

      Good to know there’s an end in sight! I can’t take much more of this. 😛

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    Hmm, what is he up to, sneaking around on a Friday night? And I feel your pain. Our rain here isn’t freezing, but it’s kind of torrential. I think we should declare this International Pajama Day and all observers can stay home on the couch, preferably with a cat in the lap, reading a good book or two.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I am completely in favour of that! Got an extra cat I can borrow? 😉

  8. Veronica Scott says:

    Enjoyed his thoughts about his old day job – wow! This new job has got to be better for him…great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I think he thinks it will be. We’ll just have to see how it all plays out. 🙂 Thanks, Veronica!

  9. Christina Ochs says:

    I have a feeling I know who he ran into. Maybe they can bond over greasy goodness? Sorry about your weather. It’s raining hard here, so I’ll join the day of International Pajama Solidarity.

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    That does sound exhausting. His new job has to be better. I’m also curious what’s around the corner.

  11. Diane Burton says:

    Here in west Michigan we got the ice storm, everything closed yesterday & today. A snow day in April? Unheard of. My grandkids are thrilled. Like Ed’s wife, I’m afraid of falling on the ice so I stay inside. Arizona looks so good right now.

    Good cliff-hanger to your snippet. And a good glimpse into his former life. Why is it that the food we love is so bad for us?

  12. Alexandra Christle says:

    I’m intrigued by the “so good it killed” line. Hope there’s more behind that – I’d like to know!

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