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Was It?: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for 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 was resurrected by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, and is now in the capable fingers of Emily Witt, over at A Keyboard and an Open Mind.

As you read this, I’m listening to a documentary about the Pilgrims on PBS. The children are asleep – they’ll be awake again in the wee morning hours. My Accomplice and I are settling in for an extra day off for him. We go to a buffet for dinner, thereby affording everyone their favorite food options, and avoiding family-of-origin frictions. So tomorrow will mostly be a quiet day at home, and I expect to do some writing, and explore my new, smaller, more streamlined Kindle Fire…

I’m serializing the first scene, of Sea Changes, where we meet our first of three POV characters, Karina Karanova. Rather than introduce her through exposition, I thought I’d just dive into her story. Because that might be a bit disorienting, here’s the premise of Sea Changes, so you have something to go on…

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?


This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to let this draft rest for December, and begin creating a revision plan in January. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is November 25, 2015.

  • I added the digits of the date; 2+5= 7

  • Today, you get seven shortish paragraphs, including dialogue.

For a bit of added context, last week we left Karina refusing an offer of tea with the claim that she had no time. Now, we begin to get some hints as to why…and I added the initial quote, since I ended in the midst of a quote.

Was It?

I have only until my mother wakens, and then I must return to her. It is important that I waste no moment of the time I have; even these that we have been talking may be too many. She must see the urn before – “ Karina snapped her jaws closed so tightly that her teeth ached with the shock of it. She had said too much all ready; she had forgotten decorum, and herself, in her frustration. Her father had always said that her mouth would be her undoing, and it was proving true, this morning.

But she hated the thought of the urn, and what it represented so much that it was like a festering sore within her – or the cancer that had taken Father so swiftly. Sometimes, Karina thought it would consume her; hoped that it would.

There would be something of release in that.

She could see the girl – how did a child come to own such a place? – still standing there, watching, for another moment. Well, not the whole of her. There was only the deep blue flowing skirt, but it was enough.

“Well, if you need anything – anything at all – just let me know. I’ll be within easy hearing of the bell.”

Karina nodded, and, finally, the girl moved away, back to whatever business of her own she had to attend to. Karina didn’t want to feel guilty for driving her away. It wasn’t the child’s fault.

But it wasn’t hers, either, was it?

Why is Karina in such a hurry?

What is it she doesn’t want to say or think about?

Why does she feel so guilty?

Will her mouth get her into trouble?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

And, if you’re missing TnT, here’s the link to the final snippet of “Scavenger Hunt”, with links to all the other snippets.

I’m also still serializing the prequel, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday . You can read the current snippet, “Not In the Slightest”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Want more WIPpet Snippets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

(Because we need a bit of TnT for Thanksgiving, right?!)


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!

4 thoughts on “Was It?: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

    1. Right….all your questions will indeedbe answered….eventually.

      If you buy the book. =)

      This novel does have a strong romantic thread, but the series as a whole is a speculative near-future fantasy.

      The overarching premise is that Kifo Island is a no-cost resort for the dying to live and die exactly as they choose, no holds barred. It’s kind of like a blending of Fantasy Island and a hospice…

      This story would never work as a straight romance, because there’s no HEA ending here (or most places in my writing, for that matter. Life itself isn’t usually an HEA proposition, and, even though my characters live in different realities than I do, they’re still living in worlds where that’s true.

      But do come back next week, and see if any of your questions are answered (although it’s probably just as likely that you’ll end up with more questions!)

  1. Definite tension in Karina here. I love how her thoughts and actions seem all jumbled. I especially love the line “Sometimes, Karina thought it would consume her; hoped that it would.” It says a lot about her.

    1. Jumbled is a very good description of Karina at this point in her life. And I agree about the quote. It really does say more about her than she knows about herself, right now…

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