Posted in Blogging from A to Z 2014, Blogging from A toZ April Challenge, Challenges and Contests, Flash Fiction Pieces, Life Writing, WIPpet Wednesday

WIPpet Wednesday: Donovan’s Story

Hi there! Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday –K.L. Schwengel’s weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move their WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.

For the last several weeks, I’ve been sharing Henry and Tisira’s story, from my WIP, Chameleon’s Dish. I know several are you are eager to know what’s going on with them, but here’s the thing…

Henry, Tisira, and Nockatee are still missing. All searches reveal nothing…all pleas that they return have gone unanswered. I thought I heard some wingbeats and simian chatter; but there’s no concrete evidence of any wrongdoing…

So, until they’re found, I’ve decided to offer up a taste of myBlogging from A to Z April Challenge. So, today, please allow me to introduce another of my Kifo Island Chronicles characters….

Let’s all give a big WIPeteer welcome to Donovan Nash!

Donovan is 21, and an albino. He came to Kifo to help others; he has known grief, and wants to give value and joy to those who come to say farewell to the dying. He is especially good with children, who respond to his gentle and respectful openness. Often, the children brought to Kifo are lost in the adult concerns surrounding them; Donovan gives them attention and experiences that offer diversions from the sorrow surrounding their visit.

And now, on to the WIPpeting!

WIPpet Math:

Today is April 9, 2014.

  • Today’s math…
  • (for the date) + 4 (for the month)=13;13-2 (for my second Kifo WIPpet) =11.
  • Voila! 11 sentences!

Donovan noodled with the clay, rolling and coiling, making something that might be a basket, a bowl, or a cup. Corinne went to sit with the old woman, and they chatted quietly.

“Did you know that ‘kifo’ means ‘death’, in Swahili?”

“Yes, I did.” Donovan kept his eyes on the clay. He could feel her working up to something, testing him with it.

“My grandma Gladys came here to die. She’s very old – ninety-nine! – and she has Parkinson’s disease.”

“I can’t think of a more beautiful place to die, or to be with someone who is.”

“I’m going to need some friends,” Iris said, very quietly, reaching to place her small dark hand on his larger pale one. “I think you might do.”


What will happen next? Will Iris and Donovan become friends? Will that be enough? Are there hidden risks neither can be prepared for?

Want more Kifo Island Chronicles posts?

These posts are the seeds of a project that will germinate over the next months, so input is especially valuable. No need to feel shy; I’m a friendly sort, and will keep my talons sheathed…for the most part.

Want more WIPpets? Check here, this and every Wednesday.  There are a variety of genres, styles, and stories available here at WIPpeteer Hall…belly up to the smorgasbord, and take your pick!

And now, I bid you farewell, with a sweet song to celebrate a new friendship…





I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

10 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: Donovan’s Story

    1. Adrian,

      Lingering smiles, eh? COOL! =D

      I really like the early connection between these two. I think they will be god for ach other in ways I haven’t discovered, yet…

  1. Not the Last House, but clearly something similar, if I remember rightly. I like the idea though. A place where people find their peace and ends could be a very powerful book. Curious as to why Donovan is an albino.

    1. Sys,

      More an extension of the idea from The Last House, expanded to incorporate an entire private island resort community…it’s become its own society, complete with a seamy underbelly…

      I’m still not sure what it will look like, when I shape the pieces into a cohesive whole (and that’s a ways away), but each character will have, by month’s end, a story arc that is much larger than the bits I’m sharing for the challenge. I’m thinking it might make an interesting set of novelllas, with two to five intertwined storylines for each…but it might end up being something completely different, too…you know how it is! =)

      It’s definitely been a powerful force in my life, this month, and I think the idea is relatable to most of us, since, sooner or later, everyone says goodbye to someone they can’t bear the thought of losing…

      As to why Donovan is an albino, that’s a multiple choice…take your pick!

      1. Because Donovan said he is, and that’s good enough for me.
      2. Genetic mutation of the literary kind.
      3. I had a college friend, Sheila O’Leary, who was an albino. She was awesome.

  2. Wingbeats and simian chatter? Are you casting aspersions on the monkeys? *look of amazement* My sweet, innocent, put-upon souls?

    *snort* Yeah, I know, I couldn’t even write that with a straight face.

    A special moment between Iris and Donovan. And what an interesting place it sounds as though you’ve created.

    1. Kathi,

      Aspersions? Never.

      These are the facts, as I recollect them. Of course, I HAVE been sick…

      Maybe I’m mistaken.

      Yeah, riiiighhhht….

      I’m not sure if I’ve created Kifo Island, or it’s in the process of creating itself…either way, it’s w wild ride, intense and deep, and I think I love it. And I’ll confess – Donovan and Iris are two of my favorite characters, thus far. I’m eager to see how they evolve as this project germinates.

      And, you’re right. It’s a good moment – and one Iris especially needs.

      1. You might be right…I think I just heard the rush of wings. You are feeling better, right?

        It sounds as though, even if you began the creation of Kifo Island, it is taking on a life of its own.

        1. Kathi,

          I am indeed feeling better – even the lingering cough is diminishing. =)

          Next time, I’ll have more bananas available…

          Yes, Kifo definitely has taken on a life (death?) of its own. I’m along for the ride, at this point.

  3. Very nice, tender moment. Iris is more bold than I am. It can be really hard to reach out for friendships. From your description before the snippet, Donovan does indeed sound like he would be a good friend.

    1. Amy,

      Iris has a very pressing reason to be bold, although she was very reserved, until she came to Kifo Island. Her goal is to reach out to others, and form friendships.

      Donovan is a very calm,very good friend. He’s perfectly suited to his role as a caretaker. I like him a lot; he’s taken adversity and turned it to something that makes the world a better place.

      I can be bold in reaching out, and I can also be oddly shy. I understand how Iris would need to reach out – and the emotional risk of extending and making herself vulnerable.

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