Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 31- Janna


It’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

First of all, I want to apologize to everyone for failing to show up last week. I scheduled my post, then came down with a horrendous headache that lasted a good four days. Opening my eyes during daylight was painful and screen time was just about non-existent. I finally identified the cause as new allergy med side effects, so it will trouble me no more. Although I’m sure allergies will come roaring back, at least I can work through those.

Janna and Anton are unable to reach their destination, since a civil war in a neighboring country has spilled over the border. Out of food, money and options, Janna isn’t even sure they can make it back to Maya’s tavern. But then Anton catches a stray goat.and they find the woman looking for him.

“We have him,” Anton called, waving.

The old woman turned toward him, a smile wreathing her wrinkled face. “Why thank you,” she said. “That awful goat is always escaping.”

“The rope is broken,” Anton explained.

“He chews through them all eventually,” the woman said. “I had a grandson who herded the goats for me, but he went off to the city with the rest of the family.”

Janna looked at Anton, who scratched the goat’s head while it chewed on his shirt, a blissful expression on its face.

Will herd goats for food? I’d rather starve, but looks like Anton is game.

Previous snippets here.

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23 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 31- Janna
  1. calensariel says:

    Out of all the characters so far I think I’m getting the most attached to Janna. I know you were a bit concerned about her character for some reason or other at one point, but I’m loving her.

    So sorry to hear that you’re struggling with the headaches, but glad you figured out what was causing it. Where are you guys rolling through right now? and how’re lord Ben and the kitties?

    • Christina says:

      I’m so glad you like her. I think she might have the potential to be polarizing. In many ways, I relate to her the most, and having so much trouble with the character means I’ve spent more time with her than anyone else.

      We’re hanging out in Idaho Falls for a few days, getting the A/C fixed. The boys are getting ready to enjoy some hotel time!

  2. Kim Magennis says:

    Hope you feel heaps better soon. Thank you for the snippet. I am new to Janna, but with the few pieces I have read, I really like her. Thanks for sharing.

  3. daezarkian says:

    This snippet just made me grin from ear to ear. I love your description of the goat at the end. =D

  4. It reads like you know your goats, Christina! ~giggles~ I had a pet goat once. Briefly. He chased me and he came with his horns first.

    I’m sorry it took several days for you to get to the root of the headaches! But glad you’re on the mend. 🙂

  5. Humor despite your woes. You’re terrific Christina. Super eight and so funny. “Will herd for food.” I’ve seen men holding placards that say will play golf for food. Now really.

  6. Hope you’re feeling better, and glad to have you back! This was a really cute scene and made me smile. Can’t wait for more! 😀

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    Your character descriptions are wonderful. I can already see the kindly woman and her goat. Glad you’re feeling better and weren’t abducted by aliens or anything like that.

  8. Sarah W says:

    I love all your characters, Christina, even the ones I dislike. 😀 And the thought of blissful goats make me happy in ways I’m not sure I can explain.

    (I didn’t get your Camp Nanowrimo message until yesterday–I thought they would be sent to my regular e-mail, but apparently not. I sent you a cabin invitation–I have no idea if you’d have to log in to get it!)

    • Christina says:

      Thanks! I’m particularly fond of my unlikable characters.

      I thought I’d get camp mail to my regular address too- guess not. But your invite was there when I logged in.

  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love your descriptions of this scene, particularly the goat. I’ve always wanted a pet goat, and my father used to have a pet goat when he was a boy (in an apartment no less!).

    I hope your headache issues resolve soon. Headaches are beasts to have to deal with, particularly when they recur.

  10. Great snippet. Love how the goat is eating Anton’s shirt. It’s such a nice, light-hearted moment after all the tragedy. Great 8!
    Glad you’re feeling better.

  11. love this snippet it, Christina!! goats are awesome so Anton isn’t alone in his nostalgia! LOL!

  12. Nice turn of events today for the characters! Glad to hear the headache finally went away, good to know the causes at least. Best wishes, enjoyed the snippet!

  13. chellecordero says:

    First, glad that youa re feeling better, stay well.
    This little snippet is wonderful, very poignant in that normal life goes on o matter what else is happening. Will herd for food? Sure would prevent starvation in such dire circumstances. I’m not sure if I am understanding it right, herding the goats and food and that poor goat’s blissful unsuspecting expression… ouch (lol). Great snippet.

    • Christina says:

      Thanks! I think the goat is safe for now, unless he eats some of the food they’re trying to grow on the farm, in which case goat stew might be on the menu!

  14. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Cute snippet. Great imagery with the goat. 🙂

    So glad you’re feeling better.

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