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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Marieke’s Midwinter Blogfest

Here’s my entry in Marieke’s Midwinter Blogfest, told from the point of view of my main character, Verity, in FROM THE OTHER SIDE.

The idea is to describe what my MC does for Midwinter in less than 500 words. Must say, this was rather fun to write!

Hope you enjoy.


I used to love Christmas. Well, not just Christmas, the whole month of December really. Audrey and I would go shopping to buy presents, sometimes two, three, seven times. Slipping in the snow, throwing snowballs at each other, making snow angels on the way to our car. Mom and Dad were always so happy, holding hands, laughing, singing. We would decorate the tree together and drink way too much brandy-spiked egg-nog (Mom and Dad, not us, though we managed to scam a sip here and there).

But then things changed.

Dad died first, and Mom shacked up with Trav-the-loser. Then Mom died of cancer eighteen months ago, leaving Audrey and I alone and in the care of a man who hated us. Not as much as we hated him though.

When Audrey left me as well, Christmas stopped having any meaning for me. And now…

I guess there’s no point in Christmas when you’re a ghost. I don’t have time for it anyway. Places to visit, people to kill and all that. I watch as my target’s family laughs and sings and holds hands. The lounge room lights twinkle in the Christmas tree decorations and paint rainbows on the wall of the room. How pretty.

I make my move.

And cross another name off my list.

Merry Christmas.


I hope you found this little insight into Verity’s world entertaining.

Check out the other entries in Marieke’s blogfest here. There's still time to join if you want to have a go (the blogfest runs for three days), and there's a fantastic interview on Marieke's Musings and a critique prize up for grabs as well.


Francine Howarth said...


Blimey, not what I was expecting at the end! But it did give a feel of Verity's world. Neat little snippet.


Kristina Fugate said...

The ending made me smile. Is that wrong? lol. You get a great feel for the MC's voice here. Great job!

Thanks for sharing! :)

PK HREZO said...

oooo... how intriguing! A bit of paranormal. Love it!

N. R. Williams said...

So sad for your MC. Excellent writing. I enjoyed it very much.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Michael Di Gesu said...


I want to know more..... Great excerpt to hook us Rach!


Lisa Potts said...

Rach, this was fun. I love Verity and feel like I know her after reading the MS. Good job conveying her feelings about the holiday.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

This made me think of the ghosts in Dicken's Christmas Carol. Nice job!

Unknown said...

Eish, chilling!!
Well done!

Golden Eagle said...

I love that ending. :)

Summer Ross said...

Cold and lonely...how sad.

Tessa Quin said...

Dude! Totally different background. I suppose the mother wasn't important anyway with only half a scene or so.

Can't wait to read the revised version!

Denise Covey said...

A bit chilling and killing. Ouch! Great writing Rach!

Su said...

Festively creepy? Creepily festive? Either way, very well done.

Brenda Drake said...

Wow, just wow. I truly didn't see that coming. I'm all feeling sad la de da and WHAM she kills someone. I'm very intrigued and want to read more. Well done! :D

Marieke said...

Ooh, love it! *grin* Yay, different background! Ace!

(*cough* *point* Audrey and me)

Rachael Harrie said...

Love all your comments guys, I'm really glad you liked it. Thanks so much for your input :)


Anonymous said...

I loved this, the writing is ace and I love Verity's voice. The poor girl, I kinda want to hug her which is awkward her being a ghost and all. :P
Most of the MC's in this blogfest don't seem to be having a good time, do they?

Adina West said...

Oooh, spooky (and vindictive). Quite a gal. ;-)

aisyahputrisetiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)
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