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“Past Middlenight”: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

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’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

This week, I’m sharing more from Foul Deeds Will Rise, from an elderly and slow machine. Power adapters didn’t help, and the budget means further repairs or replacement need to wait a few weeks…

So, I’m sorry I’m late, and behind on comments and visits. I’m getting the hang of this machine, a little more every day…

Today, though, is a special day. My son, Jeremiah, turned fourteen years old – and I’m finding that somewhat surreal…

In honor of Miah’s special day, I offer you Vaara’s POV, as she settles into her role as Kai. I let him pick the project and character.

WIPpet Non- Math:

  • Today is September 2, 2015.
  • 14 sentences, for Jeremiah’s age.

“Past Middlenight…”

“…and the head of the Merchantwomens’ Guild, has thrice requested an audience with you, my Kai.”

Only when Visyl stopped speaking did Vaara begin to attend, and only the final phrase connected with any meaning in her mind. All that had gone before had been a seeming endless list of requests for audiences, matters of financing this or that project, the menus for the next moonsround, what entertainments would be offered in the Great Hall after…

“Arrange the audience, as you will Visyl. But not before dawning – I wish to run.”

“My Kai, it is well past middlenight. She will not now want to meet until afternooning.” Visyl smiled; she seemed never to be anything other than pleased, no matter what befell her, or how little Vaara attended her words.

“Past middlenight? Visyl, how can there still be so much left to tend to?” There was a stack of vellum pages in her lap, still – matters not yet discussed.

“It is the nature of being the Kai, my Kai.” Visyl’s smile never faded. “You are new to it, and all want to meet you, learn who you are, and in what way you might serve them – ”

Will Vaara learn how to be a proper Kai?

Will she be able to relax while running?

Is Visyl to be trusted?

I’ll be posting the next eight lines from this scene for #8sunday,  if you’d like to find out what’s next.

And for those looking for TnT fun, I offer you:

Yes, I’m playing along with the Story-a-Day September folks, because life wasn’t full enough (or because Trip vand T’Pol demanded it…they have things to share, apparently.) It’s not too late to join in!

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets, with chattier writers whose power adapters are A-OK? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

And, now,  a song for my Montana-born boy!


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 ““Past Middlenight”: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

  1. A very, very late happy birthday to Jeremiah, I hope he had a great day!

    I’m so intrigued! And I fully agree with working at night, it’s definitely the best and most productive time… but I still can’t help feeling sorry for Vaara, sounds like there’s waaaaay more than she can deal with. Delegate, girl!

    1. Vaara has no idea what delegating is, at this point. Her life history hasn’t prepared her for this.

      Jeremiah had a great birthday. So far, fourteen has been good to him. Thanks for your well wishes – I’ll pass them on.

  2. Lovely post!

    By the way, you’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

    1. Thanks, Jacob!

      I’m in the middle of a lot of things right now, but I’ll do my best to get around to you and eight others before the month is over…

      And thanks for the visit and the comment! =D

  3. “she seemed never to be anything other than pleased”

    I love that line. That is a wonderful line. I think people are so lovely when they look as if they smile a lot. There was a line in To Kill a Mockingbird, I think, about a woman who always seemed to have a s,mile tugging at the corner of her lips. That’s what I want. I want to always have a smile tugging at the corner of my lips. No resting b!@#$-face for me.

    1. I don’t think I answered this one, but I totally agree! I smile a LOT! I look more like my mother as I get older, and she doesn’t smile very often. That’s not what I want. I want a light in my eyes, and a make-’em-wonder grin on my lips! =D

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