So, four months ago, I started drafting a novel. This was my second attempt at writing it since over a year ago, when I abandoned an older project because, simply, I did not like what was being produced. Since I started the new novel, I've tried to work on it a little each day to brush up on my skills and get critique. In fact, I have decided not to put the book up for sale when it is finished as a way to encourage people to read it and send me their thoughts and criticisms, which I feel will benefit me more over the long term.
Now, my high school's literature magazine is looking for poems, short stories, and other written works to publish. I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to publish what I believe to be my best work and promote the novel so that I have an audience to show when it's released. Unfortunately, my friends on Facebook have given me little feedback here.
Though it is short, this chapter was written, re-written, and edited over several hours. However, I am still not completely satisfied with it. So, I thought I would post the excerpt here for public scrutiny so that I can make the necessary changes before I submit it to the magazine, hopefully by the end of this week.