Weekend Writing Warriors-Steampunk WIP Snippet 2

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I’m continuing to share from my current work in progress FPWL. The first draft is mostly done, but I made some changes in the second half of the book, which means I now have to go back and ensure continuity. It’s a companion novel to Dirigibles Are Forever and hopefully the beginning of a trilogy. It’s still pretty raw, so please be gentle;). This snippet comes directly after last week’s and we are in Clara’s point of view.

“A human steward, his nametag identified him as Jens Althoff, greeted her at the top. He looked to be in that stage where he hadn’t quite finished growing nor had quite put on the muscle that made him a man. “Wilkommen, Fräulein Riesenbeck; wir sind so glücklich Sie an Bord zu begrüßen und wünschen Ihnen einen wunderbaren Flug.”

Clara replied in accent-free German as she handed him her ticket. “Thank you for your kind welcome. I am excited to be here and am looking forward to an enjoyable flight.” She batted her eyelashes a few times. “It’s the first time I’m riding a dirigible this big,” her breathy sigh at the end was timed perfectly.

Jens blushed.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Have a wonderful Sunday and Happy Writing!




About Tina Christopher

Erotic Romance writer

Posted on January 18, 2015, in Weekend Writing Warrior, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Aw, the poor boy, doesn’t stand a chance! Loved the German bit as well.

  2. I get this feeling she’s very good at making male allies. Strikes me as a bit of a Mata Hari. Fun snippet!

  3. Delicious. What a great description of the young not quite a man.

  4. That young man is caving fast from her flirting!

    You might consider a little bit of description worked in to clarify the German–before the dialogue. Like if a book says “So-and-so scolded,” and follows it with something in another language, you know what the words mean.

  5. I love that you included a touch of German. Foreign language snippets add an element of realism

  6. I love the description of the young man. And she seems to be having a bit of fun making him blush. Nice 8.

  7. Oh, she’s good! If you’re going to be Jane Bond, do it right! 😀

    I’m so glad she’s competent, Tina—I’d hate for her male coworkers to be right. 🙂

  8. Apparently those eyelashes worked. She’s got Jens wrapped around her finger now. 🙂

  9. I could practically hear Clara, sounded a bit like Mae West. Definitely intriguing.

  10. I liked it but my eyes glide right over the German since I don’t speak it and as a reader if there was a whole lot of it, I might give up. I liked Caitlin’s comment above, on how to perhaps have less German (it’s nice om moderation as a touch of verisimilitude) but still convey the meaning. I am enjoying the story and I think your heroine is delicious, the way she knowingly times that breathy sigh LOL.

  11. That poor boy didn’t stand a chance. Well done, Clara!

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