Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Beginnings are the first time I tried to begin this post and blogger ate it.

Thank you , blogger. It probably was a cruddy way to start.

I was going to go on about how much I struggle with beginnings, but instead (since I am packing for a trip to Denver in the morning.....yikes, not ready at all) I am going to leave you with a little snippet of a chapterbook I hope to finish by the end of the month, Nix the Naughty.

September 1

My name is Nixoll Wolfric Abernathy and I am too smart for my own good. At least that is what the Lesson Master says. He has a crooked nose and crooked teeth to match.
“You, boy,” he says, for he will not call me by name, “how is it that you know these letters?”
“You taught us to them last week, Lesson Master,” I say.
“But why do you remember, boy?”
I do not know what to say, so I say nothing. The Lesson Master gives me a whack .
“I shall have a talk with thy parents!” he threatens.
So now, because I am too clever, I am to be sent away early to become a page at Castle Lemmingshire. This stinks like the moat on a summer’s day!

I will not go.

They cannot make me



Kelly H-Y said...

Your start to this blog cracked me up! I want to read the rest of your manuscript now!!! :-) Have a great trip!

Susan R. Mills said...

Thanks for sharing the snippet. Have a great time on your trip!

Wendy Sparrow said...

I love the snippet especially using the phrase "this stinks like the moat on a summer's day."

Have a good trip!

My WV is tripper--which is clearly a sign that you'll be a tripper in the morning.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

"They can not make me."
Okay, so you've delivered the challenge and, uh-oh, is he in trouble now.
I love the voice and am intrigued with why he's not supposed to remember.
As beginnings go, I'd say you are right on track. Have a great trip!

L. T. Host said...

Good beginning :)

Have a good trip!

Julie Dao said...

I love this beginning! It makes me want to read on so I hope you'll post more snippets in the future. Have a great trip!

Catherine Denton said...

That's true, beginnings ARE hard: birth, starting school, first day on the job, first rough draft...

But I DID enjoy the start of Nix the Naughty. You made it seem easy!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, great snippet! Sounds like a very fun story!

lisa and laura said...

That's a fabulous beginning! Why all the hate?

Can't wait to read more! Safe travels!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Yeah, beginnings suck, but your doesn't.

Hardygirl said...

Great beginning!!


Kim said...

I love "I will not go. They cannot make me". I want to know how he's going to get out of it. I'm predicting he's going to run away.

Have a safe trip!

Clementine said...

Can't wait to read more! I like your snippet. Have a wonderful trip and watch out for snow!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This post is soooo great! I love the name, Nixoll Wolfric Abernathy - so creative. This sounds like the beginning of a very FUN story! :)