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!
March is slip-slidin’ away, and April is rushing toward me at breakneck speed. My CampNaNo project, A Rising Tide, will be the fourth novel in the Kifo Island series. I’ve got six scene profiles to flesh out, and a new source of amazing inspiration I’m not ready to talk about yet, and ideas multiplying like tribbles who just found a bin of quadrotriticale. By the end of the day, I hope to have that done, and then all that’s left for that project is final organization of my Scrivener binder.
I’ve got a lot further to fly on my Blogging From A-Z Challenge preparations, which will click into uber-high-gear as soon as I get those last six scenes plotted. I do have 26 rough vignettes, and 15 sets of rough outlines for extended stories based upon these little treats. I do have a rough copy of a post template. I do have Week One’s vignettes revised, and a pretty good idea of what that A post will look like. I have two of the extended stories so far, because I wrote the originals too long to be vignettes. Nothing is finalized, beyond the first two vignettes…
And yet, today, I’ll be in a movie theatre watching Zootopia with my big kid and my medium kid (her description of herself), because I’m their mom, and the chances to do things like this are finite. Call it a long-range investment, or a break for connection, fun, and love…
I suspect the writing will be even better, when I get back to it!
But for now, here’s 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 (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 23, 2016
- I‘ve got the next five paragraphs of Donovan’s story today; using the digits of the date, 2+3=5.
Context: Donovan has just entered the home of Ava Garcia, with whom he has an appointment. She’s heard of his ‘preference’ for darkness, and has honored it. There is a small person sitting in a chair, and he’s just asked if this is Ava.
“Since I Was Born”
“Yes,” said the person in the chair – from this distance, and in this light, it looked like she might be as Latina as her name suggested, but he still had on his shades – other than the woman in the pottery studio, no one had ever told him his eyes were anything other than unnerving – so it was difficult to tell. “Please, come sit down, so that we can talk. I’ve got refreshments.”
“That wasn’t necessary.”
“Yes it was – it was as necessary for me as the dark is for you – I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re albino, aren’t you?”
Donovan liked the way she said it – ‘you’re albino’, and not the way most people did – ‘you’re an albino’. The absence of that one little word meant so much. It meant that, to her, his albinism was a condition, and not the whole of what she would see him as.
“Been this way since I was born,” he quipped.
Why does Donovan have an appointment with Ava?
Why can’t she get to the door quickly?
Why is it necessary for her to offer refreshments?
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:
You can learn more about my A-Z Project on my Theme Reveal Post, here (some of you are going to be mighty happy…)
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