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While Mother Slept: 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.

It’s been a week of personal revelations and epiphanies, for me. So much so that *hangs head* I barely got to anyone’s WIPpet last week. I didn’t intend that; the week just kind of skittered away like a late-Wednesday turkey while I was looking in the other direction…or something. Definitely something.

But here I am, again, with another chance to do better. I’m trying to get all of my posts set up so that I can focus on reading yours after I take what may be destined to be a short winter’s nap…

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 December 2, 2015.
  • Today, you get two paragraphs. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but there’s a bit of potential compensation if you read through, or scroll down…

For a bit of added context, last week we left Karina musing on whether or not she’s responsible for driving the owner of the pottery shop away. We also learned that she has things she doesn’t want to think about, things her own death might release her from.

While Mother Slept

Maybe not, but she certainly wasn’t being a very dutiful daughter, if a stranger could see how little she wanted to fulfill her mother’s final wish.

That thought stayed with her, gnawing and chewing at her resistance, as she set herself to endure what must be endured, in order that Mother would have what she wanted before she died. She studied the mound of clay. She’d thought, when she first entered this place, that she would be able to set to work at once, and maybe finish in as little as a week’s time. But this first hour had shown her that what Mother wanted from her was going to take much longer – especially since she could only work while Mother slept.

What is Karina trying to make?

Why can she only work while her mother sleeps?

Why does she feel she has to endure what she hates?

Will she finish whatever this is in time?

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.

Previous Karina WIPpets (chronologically):

I’m still serializing my Trip and T’Pol story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. I forgot to post last week, what with the holiday and all, but here’s the current snippet, “Not In the Slightest”, The next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday . There’s also a list so you can catch up with previous posts.

And now, that compensation I mentioned:

Over the last months, I’ve been gradually and sometimes sporadically planning for next April’s Blogging From A-Z Challenge (no, I’m not usually so far ahead, but last year travel and circumstance derailed my best intentions, so I decided I’m not going to repeat that experience!).

I’ll be writing – wait for it! – Enterprise fan fiction stories. =D But there are so many of them in my head that I needed to cast a wide initial net, then gradually cull the clamoring idea-catch. And that left me with a nice little assortment of wriggling little stories that didn’t make it to the big time, this time.

So I decided to share them as they are. For each day in December, I’ll post one story, in a canon-chronological progression. For each comment, I’ll add a paragraph to the story – and that will be fun, because I honestly have no idea what direction these little guys will swim…

It’s late, it’s just post-NaNo, and I’m muddling metaphors. So here’s the link to my Enterprise Fan Fiction Advent Calendar – go check it out for daily goodies – it’s got all the links!

Want more WIPpets? 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!


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!

6 thoughts on “While Mother Slept: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

  1. Don’t feel too bad. I didn’t make the rounds last week either. I think it was just a rough draw, unfortunately.

    This is an interesting snippet. I did wonder why she could only work while her mother slept. I can’t decide what the mood is here. Is this something dark? Or is it just that it needs to be a surprise? I’m looking forward to more.

    1. I still haven’t gotten around to everyone this week, either. I’m determined to do it by the end of the weekend.

      As for Karina – her mood is definitely weighted down. There are reasons for why she can only work while her mother sleeps. There’ll be more of that a little further into the scene, Not so much a surprise; just something that is revealed more like peeling an onion.

      Happy to have piqued your interest! =)

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