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A Good Daughter: 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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt, over at A Keyboard and an Open Mind.

I’m still not doing so well at visiting. My schedule is off, and I’ve had many Other Things going on – outings, homeschool reports, extra blog stuff, and, of course, all of those things I set aside for NaNo…oh, and there’s this: I’ll be joining fellow WIPpeteer Fallon Brown and various others in the pages of the second edition of the World Unknown Review anthology! I’d hoped to do more submitting this year, but one acceptance is way better than none!

If I don’t get round to everyone this week, I’m going to take next week off, in the interest of fairness. Since I don’t like to upset my blogging routine that way, that ought to be incentive enough to get me out on my self-appointed rounds.

But now, on to the WIPpet!

I’m serializing the first scene of Sea Changes, where we meet our first of three POV characters, Karina Karanova. Here’s the premise:

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 9, 2015.
  • Today, you get nine sentences. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but there’s a bit of potential compensation if you read through, or scroll down…

Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it. She’s feeling the pressure of time, and the weight of guilt…here’s the last sentence from last week’s post, before we go on to the new.

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.

And now, the new words:

She wouldn’t think about the fact that that had been the only time when she was free to do as she wished, and that now even that small time was gone. No, she wouldn’t think about it, because a good daughter wanted to serve her parents, honor them, respect and obey them.

She wouldn’t think of her seven younger siblings, either, or let herself wonder why it was her and not any of them to whom this duty fell.

The girl came back into view. “Excuse me, Miss -”

Karanova,” Karina supplied automatically.

Karanova.” The child seemed to be tasting it on her tongue. “That’s a lovely name.”

Why does Karina try so hard not to think?

Who instilled her idea of what a ‘good daughter’ is?

What does the girl want?

What will happen next?

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’ll be offereing the last serialized snippet of my Trip and T’Pol story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday  this weekend. Here’s the current, penultimate snippet, “We’ll Be Busted”, to hold you over until the finale goes live just after midnight on Sunday . There’s also a list so you can catch up with the 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 (I know; you’re all shocked, right?!) 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. All through December, I’m posting one every day, in a canon-chronological progression. For each comment, I add a paragraph to the story (there’s a two-day delay, to allow comments to gather) –

the fun part is that I have no idea what direction these little guys will swim…look for them at The IDIC Romance Advent Calendar.

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!

4 thoughts on “A Good Daughter: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

  1. Oh, interesting. The whole “trying not to think” thing…I can relate to that. Thinking keeps me up at night and prevents me from getting important things done!

    1. Karina is definitely fighting herself here. When she lets herself think, she questions. To her mind when she questions, she fails at being the dutiful daughter she knows she’s supposed to be….

      Tricky stuff, that thinking…..

    1. KArina may be thinking along those lines – or trying not to think along any lines…or something having nothing at all to do with lines.

      This is me, on not much coffee and even less sleep! =)

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