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WIPpet Wednesday: “ That Simple”


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She may be less physically present for a bit, but she’s still our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway.

Today’s WIPpet is brought to you by CampNaNoWriMo

I’m sharing, from Transitions; the first novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles series-in-the-making. The Kifo Island stories takes place at a resort that’s a little like hospice meets Fantasy Island

Transitions chronicles the intersecting and changing lives of Barry, Terrance, and Corinne…with unexpected tangles and angles.

This will be the last WIPpet for this project, at least for this draft. But, if you’re loving it, don’t panic – I’ve got another #8sunday post planned, and, if I haven’t wrapped up the novel by Saturday, and the SoCS prompt fits, there could be a longer excerpt then, as well.

And as a recap, here are  the bits I’ve shared, in chronological (ish) order:

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is April 15, 2015.
  • Adding the digits of the year gives you eight sentences for the day.

Today we’re going back to Corinne’s POV.

She was posing for Terry when he had a heart attack. Barry had been with him, ever since, and she’s been plagued by the idea that she was somehow responsible…she’s trying to figure out where she goes from here, and wait for Barry and Terry to do the same.

It was that simple.

And it wasn’t. As the days stretched, she went to the shop. It was quiet; this wasn’t a busy season, here, and she had only a few sessions, a class for a group, and some customers come to buy pottery. The rest of the time, she sat, with a ball of clay in her hands, or a lump on her wheel, shaping it into something, only to let it collapse into nonbeing.

She was sitting with her hands in the slip bucket, idly feeling the textures on her skin, thinking nothing, when Barry suddenly stood outside the door, staring at her.

Corinne was still trying to decide what to do – about him, and Terry; and right now, this minute – when he almost yanked the door open to stand inside it, dragging his hand through hair that looked bedraggled. It matched the exhausted man.

So, what’s next for these two?  Do they surrender to the desire and connection that are brewing between them, or not? Do they figure things out, or stay lost?

 Well, if I told you all that, wouldn’t it sort of spoil the fun of finding out for yourself?

But I’m not totally secretive….If you want a clue about what happens some time after this, try “All Business”.

Need more delightful WIPpet Snippets? Well, hop onto the little blue froggy; assorted genres, styles, and lengths of WIPpet lily-pads to choose from! =D



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!

24 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: “ That Simple”

  1. I love the visuals here. My grandfather was a potter by trade, so this brings to mind summers spent watching him at his work. I love “collapse into nonbeing.” That’s an apt description.

    1. I don’t know nearly as much about potting as I’ve always wanted to – I’ll be indulging in some research once the draft is done, and I know just what kind of research I’ll need to do…

      Maybe “research” will include a pottery class, or time at a studio…

    1. I skipped over about four scenes, so, yeah, you missed some things for sure!

      I you haven’t, and you’ve got time, you can try reading the links in order…but the upshot is that both Barry and Corinne are currently having guilt issues about their attraction and where it’s already taken them – and, well, things aren’t going to be less confusing at the end of this scene, either…or for quite a while….

    1. Thank you – the image of the collapsing pottery kind of came from Ghost, I think. I love the image of her, not really able to create anything, just existing, and operating by habit…and then, there’s Barry, and he’s not in any better shape than she is…

      Thanks for your kind words. =D

  2. Always loved that song…. Yeah, I can see how it might fit. Lots of happy foreshadowing (or not so happy, but perfect).

    I love coming here and finding about all the little writing related blog activities you’re involved in. Weekend Writing Warriors…. neat. Though I have confess it was hard to type that without trying to trype “Lightening Strikes” afterward. 😀

    1. I’d say happy AND not so happy. I’m not sure there is a perfect, for this trio, but maybe they can find their way to good-enough….

      As for what’s next, Barry is going to tell Corinne The Thing….or at least, he wants to tell her….and he doesn’t….and….it’s complicated, OK? =)

      But there could be chai, before the scene is out, so there’s that. =D

      I like the #8sunday post. Always eight sentences, so I just need to find a likely passage – and there are some awesome stories out there!

      “Lightning Strikes!”

      1. Well, with chai all things get somewhat better, eh?

        Sounds like I’ll have to check out the #8sunday then…. in a soonish time table. And speaking of tables… it was great seeing you at Denny’s. I’ll keep the melon off the table at Java’s this Tuesday.

        1. Well, that was a sneak melon attack. They happen. Nefarious things, those melons.

          “They’re all out to get me!” *looks around wildly*

          LOL. Love seeing you and writing with you. Makes me nostalgic for response folders. Got any to loan me? =)

          1. I was just writing a 750words journal entry about how it was fun to go back to work on a certain fanfic because it was like working on the Response Folders, but with the perspective of the writer I’ve become, not the new writer I was… All the fun, and just much much more awesome.

            And I may at that..

  3. I always get excited when I come to your blog because there’s star trek and I can geek out with you. Well this is just as good as your star trek stuff! I love the forming and then collapsing into nonbeing. Like one of my favorite lines ever!

    1. Well, next month we can geek out every day! Good thing, too, because T’Pol is extremely insistent that I get back to her…and Trip’s backing her up on this one. =)

      I’m so glad that you’re enjoying this, because you are part of what inspired me to attempt this rather unusual triangle…

      The nonbeing line comes from a bit a saw in Ghost, or somewhere else that I’m remembering as Ghost. I’ve always been fascinated by potting, and how something can go from a beautiful sculpture to a lump of clay so quickly, on a wheel…

      It seemed to fit the internal conflict Corinne’s dealing with perfectly.

        1. Well, it’s you and Amy, and the life you’ve given to some fascinating non-cis characters. It’s made me brave enough to try to bring life to these characters…

          If you would like to read the whole story, I will put you up top of the beta reading list! =)

    1. How cool for you! Such a lovely song, and it fit the scene very well…just kind of popped into my head as the perfect musical accompaniment, especially given the unsettled nature of things between these two..

  4. Ah, she finds herself in quite the pensive place, with not much to occupy her thoughts, it seems. And I love the Todd Rungren song. Wow, haven’t heard that in ages!

    1. She’s definitely in a pickle, mentally and emotionally. This visit from Barry will change some things – but it’s not likely to leave her feeling LESS at loose ends…

      I love that song, too. It just popped into my head as being “right” for this bit. Glad I could give you the musical treat! =)

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