Weekend Writing Warriors: Nothing

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Once a single mother with a simple life, Abbey is now living a real-life fairy tale, complete with an incorrigible stepdaughter, a stepmothers support group AND telekinetic powers. She wakes up with them one morning and initially freaks out. She tells no one about them, except her friend, Cynthia, the owner of a curio shop. She encourages Abbey to embrace them and even gives her a book with which she can practice her newfound strength…


With the girls in their rooms, I propped my feet up on the coffee table in the living room and decided to practice. I spied a lamp in the corner — Grace had given it to Bradley; if I was going to break something that wouldn’t be missed, that would be it. 

Now according to the book, because the power rests in the mind, only the mind can control it — simple enough, I thought. I concentrated on the lamp and what I wanted it to do (levitate, not break). I didn’t know what it meant to ‘focus my energy’ on the matter, so I couldn’t do that (on purpose, at least), but I could look at it, while thinking about it — nothing.

I swung my hand out and up — nothing.

I yelled at it (in a high whisper, since the girls were upstairs) — nothing.

I wasn’t very good at this at all.



Abbey wasn’t always a wicked stepmother. Once upon a time, she was just an average, single mother, whose life revolved around her two daughters. Then the handsome and charming Bradley Mauer came into her life and swept her off her feet. Abbey was ready to live “happily-ever-after” – until reality set in, bringing with it an incorrigible stepdaughter, newfound telekinetic powers and betrayal by friends and family. Not even the support of her stepmothers’ group was enough to belay her life from meeting the same fate as the fairy tale villainess. So with few options left to her, Abbey decides to embrace her role as a wicked stepmother and make her own happy ending.

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10 thoughts

  1. In a way, this is kind of funny. Her expectation of success…then nothing happens. In the grand scheme of the story, her mastering the skill could be dangerous. Great snippet.

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