WOW! I've been tagged by Nicki Elson and The Armchair Squid in U Got the Look. Thank you both!
In order to participate, I'm supposed to take my current manuscript, search for the word "look" and post the surrounding paragraphs. Then, I'm supposed to tag 5 more "writer-ly" bloggers. Oh the pressure!
Just a little set-up before I get started...
Josie is the main character in this story. She's a recent college graduate who can't find a job, so she has returned to her hometown to work at the local diner. The town is expanding rapidly with tourism and the elderly couple (Bob and Mary), who own an old lodge in town are expanding and renovating to meet demand. Sam is the cook at the diner and Rick is the love interest later in the story.
I haven't worked on this piece in months because I got lost in what direction to take it. This is a very rough draft, but as always open for critique.
Here it goes:
“So, how’s the graduate?”, Sam asked, looking at her as if she should look different. Josie had always been dressed pretty simple. She was comfortable in jeans and t-shirts, with her brown hair pulled back in a ponytail.
“No different from before. I’d hate to think I just went through 4 years for nothing. If I’d known that, I wouldn’t have gone to college”, Josie said, looking down.
“Oh, you’ll find something before you know it. Just don’t forget about us little people when you do. We’d miss you around here”, Sam said as he started on Mary and Bob’s order.
“I’m glad you had some biscuits left for Bob. Ya know how he gets”, Josie said remembering his demanding attitude in the past.
As Josie poured their coffee, she heard the bell on the door ring again. She carried their coffee to the table and saw Tom and Rick talking to Bob and Mary.
“Hey there, Josie!”, Tom said, looking at her with a devilish grin. “I’d like you to meet my nephew, Rick. He’s here working on renovations for the lodge.”
“Hi”, Josie glanced quickly at Rick, then set the coffee on the table. Rick politely greeted Josie, “Nice to meet you”, then looked back at Tom, anxious to leave.
And now to pass this lovely tag on, I nominate: