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“Be Strong”: 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

Happy Wednesday!

I know, it’s been a bit since I appeared here. Two weeks ago, I posted, but never got around to everyone else. And last week…

Last week, I was rather single-mindedly trying to get a short story into shape for the Nelson Algren Literary Award contest. Pretty much everything else went by the wayside as I planned, plotted, drafted, revised, submitted to my crit group, revised again (taking away one character’s POV scenes, based on my group’s suggestions), got more feedback, revised again, polished and re-polished….

And finally submitted my dark fantasy story, “Beneath the Ice”, a little over two hours before the contest deadline.

What this has shown me is:

  • I can conceive, plan, plot, draft, revise, polish, and submit a 7,500 word story in a month.

  • I can be proud of what I’ve created.

  • I can’t do all that and still maintain my focus on life as usual…at least, as far as writing and blogging go.

I don’t have any magic bullets for that, just yet. Writing is a learning process; writing to potentially earn an income is even more so, and I have a lot of ground to cover before I’m there. I’ll happily accept any advice those further along the publication continuum might have to offer.

Until then, I’ll learn as I go, and, hopefully, before the next contest deadline comes at the end of April, I’ll be more on top of things.

For this week, I’m back with another snippet from Karina Karanova in Sea Changes, and the intention to visit each and every other WIPpeteer – before the weekend! Seems like a good way to pick up some of those dangling threads, and weave them back into my routine.

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, 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 begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 3, 2016.

  • Today, you get three new sentences (I know it’s not a lot, but it’s manageable after the onslaught, so that’s all for this week).

Context: Karina is in a pottery studio, working with clay and hating it, when an albino man sits near her, and begins a conversation. He’s just introduced himself as Donovan Nash, and they begin a tentative conversation as Karina’s frustration and distraction lead her to unintentionally destroy the project her mother has ordered her to make. Donovan asks if that was her intention, and their discussion brings Karina to tears she had been determined not to shed.

“Be Strong”

She hadn’t cried at Father’s bedside, or his funeral. “Be strong for your mother, your brothers, your sisters,” he had ordered, and so she had.

She hadn’t cried in all the years since.

Why did Karina think being strong meant not crying?

Will her tears help?

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):

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!


Yes, I know it doesn’t technically fit…but, c’mon! Haunting song, Trip and T’Pol…what more do you need?!


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!

7 thoughts on ““Be Strong”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

  1. Congrats on your progress over the last few weeks! It’s great that you have those realisations. I have come across a short story competition that closes in 5 weeks… the word limit is a fair bit lower than the ones that I tend to enter in things, so I’m trying to come up with something to enter in there.

    1. Good luck with finding or creating something that you can be proud of. =)

      Whether I win or not, I have a new story, and I like it. It’s also backstory for another, which I will be entering in a contest in April.

      It was good to give myself to the effort, and now it’s good to be getting back to a more routine approach.

    1. I think it’s sad, too. Maybe that had something to do with Karina’s story. She has definitely absorbed some very damaging views. It hasn’t been particularly helpful….

  2. I agree with Fallon, great snippet.

    That is precisely the reason I often skip blogging “dates” — getting the actual writing / marketing done is just plain higher on my list of priorities. 🙂 Good luck with the contest!

    1. Me too. I don’t share that belief, and haven’t instilled it in my kids. Crying is a form of coping and release, and I’m glad that they both can. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that helps – something Karina doesn’t know yet, but might, by the time the novel is over.

      Next week’s snippet will be longer. This week, I just wanted to show up! =)

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