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A Note of Defiance: 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

Okay, I missed last Wednesday. Life got a bit crazy in the transition from April challenges to my May challenge, and the swirls of life in general…

But I’m here now, with more of Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes. There’s still a lot going on in my life, and I’m not ready to go into all the details, because that’s time taken away from the living and the doing, so let’s just get to it, shall we?

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 Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new to this story, 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 begin creating a revision plan within the next few months. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is May 11, 2016
  • I‘ve got two paragraphs today; I added the digits of the day (1+1= 2).

Donovan and Ava are getting acquainted as a prelude to a possible working relationship. Here, Donovan has offered a crying Ava the comfort of a hug, and he sees the glimmer of something in her response.

A Note of Defiance

Just don’t squeeze too tight,” she said. “The judges let me come here by myself, because there’s so much support available. But, even though it’s my body, I’m not authorized to have this damned central line removed, and it hurts like hell.” There was a note of defiance in the way she cursed, and a little lift of her chin that Donovan fell in love with.

Careful, he reminded himself, as he came to kneel by her chair.

Why is Donovan telling himself to be careful?

Is Ava’s defiance somehow dangerous?

What’s 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 of Donovan’s story.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the link:

And now, a friendly reminder:
I know some of you love my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction. During April’s Blogging From A to Z Challenge, T’Pol and Trip got some much-needed attention. You can read the results here:

That’s all of them. Once I can get to it, I’ll have a brand new page with links to all the stories! Until then, if those aren’t enough, you can visit my page, and find extended versions of each story. Yup! After years of dreaming about sharing my passion, my Trek stories are making their way out there in the big wide world! =)

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!

6 thoughts on “A Note of Defiance: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

    1. Donovan might have other concerns, but that one’s definitely in there. He’s been on Kifo Island for three years, and he’s learned some things about maintaining a professional distance…

      Question is, will those things stand up to the force of nature that is Ava?

    1. Thank you. I was afraid that if I went long, I wouldn’t get it posted…and I really want to get back into my blogging rhythm, so it was important to me to get it posted!

      I like Ava. A lot. She surprised me greatly while I was writing this.

    1. I may have cackled out loud when I read this. I may have tried to explain a Bill WIthers joke to an 11 year old, with questionable success….

      Thanks for making my day just that much brighter! =D

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