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“Sleeping?” 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

I’d like to say that I got to everyone last week, but I don’t think that’s true. I’ve had so much going on since then, I really can’t remember – but, as soon as I post this, I’m going to the linky to be sure that, at the least, I’ll know that I tried to get to everybody else who’s posting this week.

But first, I need to get this post finished, so how about I just get on with it?

We’re still with Ava Garcia in Sea Changes,  from my Kifo Island series.

Ava was a constant revelation during the writing of her story. Her struggle goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

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?

Looking for more? Read the complete post here!

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Inescapable Possibility: 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

I have a confession to make.

I’m writing this post just past 6 am, on Thursday, July 7. Yup, that’s nearly a week before I want to post it.

Why?

Because this is a busy stretch of days, and the physical side of that can’t hold a candle to the emotional one. It begins tomorrow, when my daughter turns twelve. I’m still finding that almost impossible to believe!

Then, I have a busy blogging and writing weekend, with things all pretty much behind, at least as I type this, and a couple of dollops more in the way of necessary administrative duties than I’d like. Then, next week, my daughter has a vaccination appointment, the kitten goes to the vet –

And then it’s Wednesday.

And not just any Wednesday, either. Wednesday, July 13.

The day our second son, Elijah, was born.

He died twelve days later, in the NICU where he lived his entire post-birth life.

I don’t want to be writing these words, then, so I’ll write them now.

Elijah would be 13 this year. A teenager. But he’s not. 13 birthdays we didn’t get to share with him. That pain dulls, but never ever disappears.

Because I’m his mom, exactly as much as I am my older son’s, and my daughter’s.

And that makes sharing the last sentences of this scene more poignant, and maybe gives you a clue why Ava’s desire to live and die as she chooses is so important to me.

Elijah James Burton, July 13-25, 2003. Our Tiny Tiger at 6 days – halfway through his life.


Nuff said. 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!)

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?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan beginning in August as the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group. Until then, I’m focused on new writing.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is July 13, 2016

  • I’ve got 3 sentences today, because I am the mother of three, blessed to raise two, and because that wraps up Donovan’s scene.

Donovan reads Ava’s medical records while she sleeps. Because it starts in media res; here’s the preceding paragraph, posted last week.

She sounded lucid, but was asleep within moments. Donovan watched her for a moment, marveling at how trusting she was, how willing to put her well-being and safety into the hands of a man she’d only just met. Of course, he wouldn’t have any idea how thoroughly she or her legal representatives had had him vetted unless she told him – she might know more about his work history than he even remembered. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Inescapable Possibility

Of course, there was another inescapable possibility, and that’s the one that kept him sitting on his heels for a long time, watching the sleeping child who would never become a woman, before he got up and went to begin reading her files.

She could simply be too sick to keep herself awake, and far too sick to protect herself, if she needed to.

When he began to read her dossier at last, that worry sharpened into a knife of apprehension.

What is so concerning to Donovan?

Are his concerns valid?

Next week, we shift to Ava’s point of view, and learn more.

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

If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of my two upcoming WIPs, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll eventually be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016 vignettes. Until then, clicking the link will take you to the category, where you can play.

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This song does me in….because it’s so perfectly expressed, and not unimaginable to me, or to many others. Warning – there may be tears. I went with the childlike animation because there are no clips from the show…and it seems fitting.

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A Perceived Injustice: 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, just a quick note – this is my fourth blogpost of the day. It’s almost 10:40 pm, and I’m still running later than I want to be on more projects than I want to think about.

On the other hand, I’m not as far behind as I was this morning, and I’ve managed it without being stressed out. Went for a nice walk and sat in the yard with my two-days-to-twelve girl. Sorted some books. Listened to some Hamilton, and watched some documentaries (Making North America: Life and 9 Months That Made You.)

But there’s still a lot to tend to, so let’s dive right into the WIPpet and rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes (how’s that for a bad segue? You’re welcome.)

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!)

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?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan beginning in August as the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group. Until then, I’m focused on new writing.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is July 6, 2016
  • I‘ve got 12 sentences today, for my girl, plus one for luck (and because it fits.)

Ava is tired, and plans to nap in her chair while Donovan reads her medical records.

A Perceived Injustice

She ended on a huge yawn, and her eyelids dropped low, revealing long thick dark lashes. She’s going to be a beautiful woman one day soon, he thought, and then realized that, if she was right about her condition, she never would realize the promise held in her face and bearing.

That made him want to cry, but he pushed the impulse back, to save it for when he could be alone, and weep at the perceived injustice of a life taken so soon.

It was only a perceived injustice, a sense that everyone needed to grow to adulthood. Donovan knew that, in reality, people could die at any age at all – even before they were born. Fairness had little or nothing to do with who lived and who died.

“I’ve authorized you to have access to all my records, already,” Ava said, in a voice that was a thready and fatigued almost-whisper. “I figured it would be easier to revoke it if you didn’t end up taking my case- anyway, they’re all available, and there’s a terminal in the corner, if you need it.”

She sounded lucid, but was asleep within moments. Donovan watched her for a moment, marveling at how trusting she was, how willing to put her well-being and safety into the hands of a man she’d only just met. Of course, he wouldn’t have any idea how thoroughly she or her legal representatives had had him vetted unless she told him – she might know more about his work history than he even remembered. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Will Ava be comfortable with Donovan there?

What will her records reveal?

Will her nap be restorative?

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:

If you’re enjoying my Kifo Island posts, and would like to see the evolution of my two upcoming WIPs, The Far Shore and Tsunamis, I’ll eventually be posting an index for my Story a Day May 2016 vignettes. Until then, clicking the link will take you to the category, where you can play.

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!

 

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“You Sound Tired”: 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. 

Have you ever come home after a few days away, and everything looks both normal and strange at the same time?

That’s me with blogging over the last few weeks. Other than my regular ROW80 updates, I really haven’t posted much in June. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing, because writing (and plotting, and planning) has been a lot of what has kept me away. Well, that and making sure offspring with social plans got where they were headed, and home again..

And Hamilton. Mustn’t forget Hamilton (as if I could)…

Now A Rising Tide, the fourth of my Kifo Island novels, is a complete rough draft. The Far Shore, has been plotted, and I’m over 10K into the writing (since I’m expecting it to be about 65Kish, that’s a fair chunk, and I only started writing on Sunday night, at our local write-in.

I think it’s safe to say, at this point, that I’m very happy with the way The Writer’s Coloring Book, which is the basis for this year’s Kifo Island plotting, is working for me. – and that’s good, because I’ve just dived into planning for the third and final KIC novel for this year, Tsunamis.

Eventually, all three will be drafted, and waiting as I work on getting as efficient at revisions as I’m getting at this plan/plot/draft thing….

But that’s another mountain range, for another day.

In the meantime, let’s rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes (how’s that for a bad segue? You’re welcome.)

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!)

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?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan beginning in August as the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group. Until then, I’m focused on new writing.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 29, 2016
  • I‘ve got 9 sentences today.

Donovan has agreed to assist Ava in her quest to live out her life the way she wants, and asked for access to her medical records. We pick up from there.

“You Sound Tired”

“You sound tired, Ava. Is there anything I can do right now to make you comfortable?”

“I usually nap at this hour – or what would be this hour, back home. I’ve only been here a day; I’m still a bit jetlagged.” She spoke like a seasoned traveler, and Donovan wondered if she’d had the chance to see some beautiful places before she became ill. “Maybe it’s not fair to ask you before you’ve read up on me and know what all you’re getting yourself into here – but I’ve gotten used to other people moving around while I sleep, and I’d feel better if you’d stay -”

“It’s getting a bit too bright out there for me, anyway. Would you like help getting to bed?”

“No – I’ll nap right here. It’s a very comfortable chair, and I haven’t been comfortable nearly enough, for the last three years – maybe even longer.”

Will Ava be comfortable with Donovan there?

What will her records reveal?

Will her nap be restorative?

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:


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

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!

 

 

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“A Lifetime Ago:” 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. 

I didn’t make it here last week. It was a crazy-busy week of taking two kids in opposite directions on separate days, then picking them up again – oh, and one of them involved two 300 mile round trips.

In the spaces between, I was planning and plotting and writing and hometending and spending time with my Accomplice and falling in love with Hamilton and and and…

Now A Rising Tide, the fourth of my Kifo Island novels, has been drafted. The Far Shore, which will be next, is now in the final stages of plotting – I hope to be drafting it by the weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing something that probably won’t surprise anyone who’s been here more than a time or two….

I’ve been playing with Trip and T’Pol. And I’m toying with an idea for next month, to go along with my CampNaNoWriMo writing – and maybe give me a jumping-off point for a September project.

Right now, though, it’s time to 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!)

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?

Note:

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’s moving slowly, as I’ll be focused more on new writing than revision until August.

That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 22, 2016
  • I‘ve got 4 sentences today (2+2=4).

Ava has wryly mentioned that Donovan may need longer to read her medical records than she’ll live.

A Lifetime Ago

“Luckily, I’m a fast reader,” Donovan reassured her, and was rewarded with a faint smile. “And I’m pretty much limited to indoors pursuits during the middle of the day – if that’s a problem for you, we can find you someone else to cover those hours, so you won’t be limited by my limitations.”

“Heat and sun wear me out these days,” she said, and her voice sounded tired and a little defeated. “I used to love the summers – I grew up on the coast in Massachusetts, and summers were glorious – I had actual time to do things I wanted, and energy left for them once all the enrichment activities my folks insisted on were done – but that seems like a lifetime ago, now…”

Will Donovan and Ava decide to work together?

What will her records reveal?

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 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 vignettes (OK, maybe soon is a relative term. Maybe we should go with ‘eventually’ instead….

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!

Because sometimes you just need a little Vulcan Rubdown (saucy and possibly NSFW)

 

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“Without Tethers and Poisons”: 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.

I made it to everyone last week! Before the weekend was over, even!

It helps that I’m settling into my new June focuses, and finding something of a rhythm. Yup, it’s the rhythm of Paul Simon’s new album, Stranger to Stranger. It varies, with driving beats, lyrical grace, short and longer tracks – there’s a certain amount of lovely chaos in it that suits me perfectly – and it’s Paul Simon, my all-time favorite singer/songwriter, so there’s that.

Anyway, I think I’ve got the hang of this transition from Story a Day May to JuNoWriMo and noveling. I’m finding a pace, moving between projects, and I can finally see my way to finishing the rough draft of A Rising Tide and the plotting of the next project on my summer schedule, The Far Shore.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself, here…

Because now it’s time to 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?

Note:

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. Of course, that means I’ll have to do the rough revision pass on this one, so I can, you know, SUBMIT it….)

That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is June 8, 2016
  • I‘ve got 11 sentences today. Why 11? Well, because I had the wrong date, and 11 sentences brings us to a very nice stopping place (from my perspective, but maybe not yours…) Or, we could say that it’s because I added the 8 and 6 from the day and year to get 14, then subtracted the 2 and the 1 from the year, leaving us with -presto! – 11 sentences. Wouldn’t be true, but we can still say it, right? =)

Donovan and Ava are exploring a possible working relationship. Donovan has asked Ava what she wants and needs.

“Without Tethers and Poisons”

“I want to live. I want not to have leukemia – but those are wishes no one can grant, not even that fairy godmother in all those ridiculous princess stories my mother read to me whether I wanted to hear them or not. What I want most is to live and die somewhere beautiful. Somewhere without tethers and poisons. Somewhere where walls and elevators and hospital policy don’t separate my from the rest of the world, ‘for my own good.’ Somewhere just like here, where someone like you might be my friend, and occasionally even hug me.”

Her eyes were still wet with tears, but, for the second time today, Donovan encountered a stranger who met his eyes without fear or surprise or revulsion. He thought he loved her for that, and it decided him.

“Whatever happens, Ava, I’m in this with you. I don’t need to hear anything more, but I will need access to your medical history, if I’m going to be the best support person I can be – “

“It may take longer to read it than I have left to live,” the girl said, and she sagged back against her chair as though in mute testament to the living of those records.

Will Donovan be able to help Ava reach her goals?

Should she have the right to refuse further treatment?

What will Ava’s medical records reveal about her status?

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 catch up with Donovan’s scene, 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 vignettes (OK, maybe soon is a relative term. Maybe we should go with ‘eventually’ instead….

Want more WIPpets?

You can find them, and add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

 

 

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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?

Note:

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.

 

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!