Saturday, March 1, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors #1

I've just discovered Weekend Writing Warriors and decided to join in. 
But before I post my excerpt, here's a brief explanation: When vacationing in Hawaii, I shouted to my husband, "Stop the car! There's Granny's golf cart!" He's accustomed to similar outbursts from me and immediately complied. Pasted below is a photo of what I saw. The amazing thing to me is that I'd already written the description of Granny's golf cart in my book. Seeing something in person that was so similar to what I'd imagined was surreal. 

      Elly parked Granny’s golf cart near the door of the Stop ‘N Shop and grabbed a fabric tote from the orange-colored bin behind the seat. Granny had hot-glued yellow fringe around the bin’s edges and added a big glittery M on the back—M for Marge Macauley. An orange vinyl canopy covered the cart’s top. That, too, had a trim of yellow fringe dangling from its edges, inspiring Granny to call the vehicle “My Little Surrey.” To Elly, the two-person cart resembled a miniature Cotton Bowl Parade float.
[Excerpt from BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY]



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38 comments:

Jenna said...

Hooray! I was hoping Elly's story was now available! And I love the pic of Granny's "surrey with the fringe on top!" I know how exciting that must have been for you. :) Can't wait to read this!

Teresa Cypher said...

Woohoo! I remember this story. I think the working title was "Ellie and the Geriatrics". Best wishes on huge success, Sandra!

I love the description of Granny's "surrey"!

I was so glad to see your name on the linky! Welcome back. You and Jenna both, within a couple of weeks of each other. :-)

Teresa Cypher said...

Oh, there was a glitch on the linky list and your link led to an "error 404 page not found". Nothing you did wrong. I resubmitted the link at linky tools. It's working now. Anyway, that might explain it if participants weren't finding their way here. :-)

katewyland.com said...

Great description. Sounds like Granny is quite a character.

Millie Burns said...

Oh how fun! This is great.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for correcting the problem. I put together the post in advance and evidently got the post's address wrong.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes, she is. She forced her way into the story and became a strong secondary character.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

How nice that you remembered the story! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave your comment.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Jenna. I'm excited that Elly has finally been published. The book will be out in paperback this summer.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I remember loving this story when you excerpted on Sweet Saturday Samples. And I now have the published version on Sparky, my Kindle. Love Granny and Elly!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! I'm glad you liked my excerpts and hope you enjoy the finished book. I appreciate your support.

Susan Stuckey said...

Interesting description and very nice vivid description (even w/o the picture). Congrats on the publication - best of success to you!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for stopping by. I'm thrilled that BLUEBONNETS FOR ELLY is out in ebook.

Elaine Cantrell said...

I love the picture! I also loved the excerpts I've read before. I'm so glad it's finished now.

Charmaine Gordon said...

Sandra, this post is wonderful and I'm also called Granny by my grandchildren. What a delicious idea of the fringed golf cart. Congratulations on the release.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Love the golf cart and the fringed bag to match. Sounds as if Granny is a crafter.

Gem Sivad said...

Without meeting Granny, I've already formed an image. Well done.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Elaine. So am I!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Granny lives in an over-55 mobile home community, and the cart is her major means of transportation.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I fell in love with Granny.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's great! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm glad you enjoyed my snippet.

Sarah W said...

I love Granny Marge already---she had me at "hot glued," bless her. :D

Elyzabeth M. VaLey said...

Welcome to WriWra! What a wonderful description! Even without the picture I could envision the cart. Great 8 !

Sandra Nachlinger said...

She was fun to write.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Glad you liked it. I did quite a bit of research online and found some outrageous golf carts. Compared to some, Granny's creation is quite tame.

augustmacgregor said...

That's a cart with style! And a good vehicle (ha ha) for giving a flavor of the character.

Veronica Scott said...

Love the surrey, love the back story on how you got the photo...really a fun snippet, can't wait for more!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Ha, ha! Granny has plenty of pizzazz.

Debbie said...

Granny sounds like a lot of fun and the golf cart is definitely cool! :)

Anne Lange said...

Very funny story and very cute description. I love it! ;)

Eleri Stone said...

Granny sounds like quite the character! I would drive that cart around:)

A.S. Fenichel said...

That's adorable. Love the cart and the fun description.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Love the cart! What a character!

Chelle Cordero said...

Welcome to WeWriWa! What fun to find the golfcart and even your intro was perfect as I could practically hear you yelling to your husband to make him stop, lol. The description of the golf cart says so much about the character who owns it, well done.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you so much to everyone for giving me such a warm welcome to WeWriWa. I hope to participate every week -- or at least as often as possible.

alexisduranblog.com said...

Granny sounds like a very interesting character! Looking forward to reading more- welcome to the group.

kelworthfiles said...

Wow, cool cart and cool moment for you, spotting it! Thanks for sharing.