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 once again!
It’s not actually Wednesday as I’m typing this. It’s the magical time of day when afternoon fades to prevening, on a sunny, warm Saturday. My daughter and I will be going for a walk soon, and tomorrow we have an early in the first day of Daylight Savings bowling birthday party to attend.
Why I am I typing my WIPpet Wednesday post on Saturday, you ask?
Well, it’s now a bit over a third of the way into March, and then comes April. And that’s rather a Big Deal. I’ll be doing CampNaNo and the Blogging From A-Z Challenge, and serving as a ROW80 Sponsor, as usual…
But I’ll also be expanding on those A-Z posts, and serving as a Part-Time Minion for Holton’s Heroes.
Now it’s early hours Tuesday. Sunday was swallowed up in the party (much fun) and our weekly writing group (more fun, and lots of inspiration). Monday was a restful day of delving back into writing, that still hasn’t ended, which is why I’m here now to share another snippet from Donovan Nash in Sea Changes.
Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own story (well, shared with Karina, and maybe someone else, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)
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 March 16, 2016
- I‘ve got the next 17 sentences of Donovan’s story today – sixteen for the date, and one because I’m bestowing the luck of the Irish upon you a day early.
Context: Donovan has set his thoughts of the young Russian woman aside, as he waits at the door for his appointment to begin. And now…
“Please come in,” said a soft voice through the intercom. “I’m not able to get to the door quickly.”
“I understand.” Donovan wondered at someone who wouldn’t check his credentials, but this wouldn’t be the first trusting soul he’d met here, and he always tried to be worthy of that trust. “My name is Donovan Nash, and I have an appointment with Ava Garcia.”
“That’s me.” The voice sounded young, and tired, but Donovan had been here on Kifo for nearly three years, now, and he knew that voices could be very deceiving. “I’m in the front room. It’s the darkest; I was told you preferred that.”
“Thank you,” he said. It had been a long time since he’d tried explaining that it was a need rather than a preference. It would likely be obvious, when she saw him, or it wouldn’t.
Donovan opened the door and stepped inside. It was pleasantly dark, with all the windows shuttered and only filtered sunlight coming into the room through the slats, and even that muted by the shades.
The space was open, and he saw a small person sitting in a chair in a darker corner of the room. There was another chair facing. “Ava?”
Is the small person Ava?
Why is Donovan here?
Why does he know so much about people on Kifo?
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 of Donovan’s story.
To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:
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And, in honor of Eire, it seemed appropriate to share some Irish music!