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.