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Donovan Knew: 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. 

Well, I got to a couple folks last week – but, between a seriously incapacitating migraine and lots of plans and projects, I slipped on making it round to everyone.

I’m repentant, and ready to do better this week, despite the transition from May to June goals, from Story a Day May to JuNoWriMo, and the rushing-in of summer.

Right now, though, let’s rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia 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 Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

For those 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, when all 24 scenes have passed through my local crit group. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 1, 2016
  • I‘ve got one paragraph today; the first sentence closed out last week’s WIPpet, and is here for continuity.

Donovan and Ava are exploring a possible working relationship. Ava has just told herself to “be here, now,” which is the same thing Donovan told himself before coming to meet her.

Donovan Knew

A little thrill of recognition went through him, and, in that moment, at those familiar words, Donovan knew. Knew that he loved this girl on the cusp of a womanhood she would never attain. Knew that he’d take her case, whatever challenges it presented, for as long as she lived. Knew that he’d do anything he could to support her. “So tell me what you need, Ava, and what you want.”

What does Ava need and want?

Will Donovan be able to help her?

Will he regret his decision?

Where are Ava’s parents?

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:

And now, a friendly reminder:

If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of two upcoming novels, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll soon be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016  posts.


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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!

17 thoughts on “Donovan Knew: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

    1. Steadfast is definitely a word I feel when Donovan is in my head. And I love him, too. It’s so cool, after him being an important part of three other Kifo drafts, to be able to tell HIS Kifo story! =)

  1. You get to and do what you can. We’re all going to miss a few weeks here and there. And you have a LOT on your plate. Sometimes you need to just pause and take baby steps… because the view is amazing, but the footing is treacherous.

    Donovan reminds me of character in a Manga I read once. The Heart-Fixer. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

  2. Poor Ava. 😦 I really hope you’re planning to write her a HAE, even if it’s a short-lived one, like her. Maybe her parents will even come around a little.

    You know, I think I had it in my head Donovan was older than 21, though. I’m not sure why. You probably told us how old he was at some point and either I missed it or spaced it.

    1. Donovan seems older. He actually reminds me a lot of my 14 yo old (he’s not albino, but he is fair enough to glow in the sun, and, though he’s big-kid goofy at times, he’s also very level-headed, calm, and generally reliable and thoughtful.)

      I think his age was mentioned very much in passing back a snipper or two, right before Ava started to cry.

      As for Ava’s ending……


        1. Well, OK, dawn birds with lots to say, but nothing as to the purpose.

          You know, Shakespearean birds! =D

          *ducking because I’ve got a feeling you’re lobbing something painful at my head*

    1. I do think there’s love there, but of a platonic nature. Donovan is 21, Ava is 12.

      Too many years between, and Ava has more pressing concerns, at the moment. It’s not likely that she’ll have time to catch up.

      But these are still two lonely people with love to share, and I hope that they get the chance to savor some of the sweetness that comes in finding a kindred.

      And I know that Donovan truly wants to help Ava however he can. Whether he can is another matter….we’ll have to see.

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