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WeWriWa— “The more the merrier”


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes a bit after last week’s, It’s now the second day of Rosh Hashanah 1945, and Csilla is very eager to perform tashlich, a ceremony symbolically casting off sins by throwing breadcrumbs or fish food into a body of water.

Most of her friends have no interest in it, but there are some takers. Their gracious host, Mrs. Goldmark, volunteers some of the fish food she recovered when she returned to her old house after the war. None of the fish in her family’s pond had survived, though she took the food in expectation of someday having another fishpond.

Before leaving, Csilla asks once more if anyone else wants to come. She’s not expecting Mrs. Goldmark’s oldest son Imre to take up the invitation.


Imre put down Attila József’s Bear Dance poems. “May I tag along?”

“The more the merrier.” Mrs. Goldmark smiled at Csilla. “It’s never a bad thing to take along more than one man for protection.”

“What do I need a man for protection for when I’m gotten along pretty damn well without any men to protect me for so long?  Even if there’d been no war, I’m more tomboyish than Eszti.”

“Soviet soldiers won’t care how tomboyish you are,” Artur said. “All they care is that you’re a woman.  You can’t argue you’re tall and strong enough to fight off some big burly soldier, even if you are taller than most women.”


Attila József (József Attila in the Hungarian name order) was one of Hungary’s greatest national poets. He wrote a lot of deeply passionate and romantic poetry, along with poems expressing a yearning for a loving maternal figure. Imre is crazy about him, and later quotes from his famous poem “Ode” in a love letter to Csilla.


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

15 thoughts on “WeWriWa— “The more the merrier”

  1. I like Csilla’s strong sentiments on being able to take care of herself. But she does need friends to help protect her. We could certainly use her and her spirit with us today. Nice snippet!


  2. Good snippet. I agree with Ed that it’s good to be independent, but she needs to be careful considering the possibility of danger.


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