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.
Life is settling back into a more typical routine. Last week, I managed to get round to see all my fellow WIPpeteers, which was something of a minor victory for me. Despite the return to greater normalcy, there have been a couple of surprises.
My son and I went out yesterday, and our quest to obtain Mew Event Cards for himself, his sister, and a friend. That became a bit more convoluted than I’d hoped, but we had a nice lunch at The Cheesecake Factory, and I got to see again how much my fourteen-year-old has grown. These one-on-one times with him are treasures I know are going to become more rare and precious with the passing of time. He’s a lot closer to an adult than to a child, now, and I’m glad we’re friends. I also bought a meditation coloring book, just because I wanted it.
I’ll be heading out later this afternoon to help a friend pick up her new car. I feel a little invested in this process, since her previous car broke down fortuitously, and rather humorously, in the parking lot of the Denny’s where we have our weekly write-ins. I was in the passenger seat; we started car pooling a few weeks back.
So, depending upon how long it takes me to finish setting up and polishing this post, it will either be up in the next couple of hours, or later this evening. Whichever that is, we’re revisiting Karina Karanova in Sea Changes.
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!
- Today is February 10, 2016.
- I’ve added the month and the date: 10+2=12.
- Today, you get twelve new sentences.
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’introduces 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, and triggers memories….
Even More Helpless
“I need you, Karina. It’s your duty. Take care of the shop; take care of your brothers and your sisters; take care of me; take care of the house and the car.” And so, she had.
But now she was sobbing, here in front of this strangest of strangers, a man with no pigment, a man she didn’t even know. Unacceptable – and unstoppable.
The fact that she couldn’t stop had Karina sobbing all the harder. Lost. She was lost –
She channeled that into rage, the same way Father always had. She had no children – where would she have found the time for more than a passing smile, these last years, let alone all the other things that would have had to happen if she was to bear a child of her own? How would she have been able to find the time or the energy, to care for one more- one even more helpless than Mother?
Will Karina find some degree of peace?
Does she want a child?
Will she ever have the opportunity to have one?
How will Donovan react to her tears?
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.
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