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Weekend Writing Warriors #90!

Hey there, my word-lovin’ friends! Happy Sunday! Hope the Americans in the crowd survived Thanksgiving festivities and that we all made it through Black Friday. I’m not sure when or why exactly that tradition infiltrated Canadian shopping malls, but MAKE IT STOP. Please. Oh, here’s a little reading to help us all escape from the madness–more from Learning to Love!

Continuing from where we left off…

She felt like the word ‘single’ was tattooed on her forehead, like she was the only one without someone to share this day with. And, quite frankly, it sucked.

Summer was in full swing. For a high school teacher, it was the most magical time of the year. Unless you were a single high school teacher. Then, the days seemed interminably long. Where were all the single guys when a girl actually had time to entertain them? In another week or two, she’d be spending her days preparing for her twelfth year at Kendal High School in the physical education department, and once the kids came back . . . buh-bye social life. After-school programs, clubs, athletics, staff meetings, volunteering, fundraisers, and a whole host of other events took top priority. Oh, and the whole teaching thing.

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’m typing this on a Saturday afternoon, soon to be heading off to a karaoke-themed murder mystery show with one of my girlfriends, and I absolutely cannot wait! Two of my favourite things combined: karaoke and murder! Ahem. I mean, karaoke and theatre! 😀 Enjoy your last week of November, my dears!

11 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #90!”

  1. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Already your latest story is a winner. By the way, I finished Steeped in Love. Yum, my friend. Delightful story.

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Terrific beginning. Can hardly wait for next weeks snippet. I finished Steeped in Love. Enjoyed every word!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 <-- my face! Thanks again, lovely lady! I greatly appreciate your support!

  3. Veronica Scott says:

    Funny to be reading about summer in November LOL, but once I got past the seasonal confusion on my end, enjoyed the snippet! She’s really feeling sorry for herself, but maybe all that deep thought will help her make some positive changes…

  4. Amy Braun says:

    I was single for a long time and I definitely sympathize with the first paragraph. When you accidentally mention you’re single to someone, everyone knows it and they never let you forget. :S

    1. Ed Hoornaert says:

      Unlike Amy, I’ve basically been unsingle all my life (found the love of my life at 16, married her a week after graduation), but I nonetheless identified strongly with the sense of business and loneliness you conveyed.

  5. Nancy Gideon says:

    When she finds out, she can let me know! Great character building, Julie, as always.

  6. Carol says:

    First off, Rebecca needs to drop some of her after-school duties. Girl needs to get her priorities straight! However, I like knowing that she has such a deep connection to the school and is obviously invested in her students. Good basis for any long-term relationship. Already I’m hoping she finds love ASAP!
    Hee, murder and karaoke – two words I never thought I’d type together – but also something that sounds rights up your alley! Hope it was a blast!

  7. Botanist says:

    I’ve felt what it’s like to be single on a crowd of couples. Not good! You’ve captured it well.

    And I’m with you on that Black Friday thing, along with Halloween, robocalls, starting Christmas in November, and “Mother’s Maiden Aunt’s pet Chihuaha’s Day” …

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