Back to the Beginning & Reaching the End

Happy Wednesday! First, right off the top, I give you the unofficial official WIPpet meme, inspired by our very own Kate Sparks in honor of WIPpet Wednesday’s open door policy.

SeanBeanWIPpetWho can argue with Boromir, right? Well, fine, pretty much the whole council did. But this time he’s right, you can simply walk in.

When I started up with WIPpet Wednesdays again, back a few months ago, I believe I was giving you pieces of Emergence. Since I’ve officially claimed The First House (a.k.a my sandbox) as a WIP with intent, as much as I hate to, I’m not giving you any more of it. Not right now. And, because I’m feeling all sorts of giddy for having reached some big decisions regarding Emergence, and since I’m closing in on The End of the first draft, for the 15th of May, I give you something from Chapter 15. Welcome back to Emergence, A Darkness & Light Novel, Book Two. In this scene,  Bolin finds himself up against two strong-willed woman:

“Lieutenant, see to the lady’s horses, then ride back to meet the escort and see they make it here.”

“Aye, General.”

“Are you going to ignore me for the rest of the trip?” Ciara asked.

Bolin set the packs down and began removing Sandeen’s saddle. “I’m not ignoring you now, but you want to know something I’ve no intention of telling you. Either of you.” He added that last for Nialyne’s benefit as she came to stand alongside Ciara. “A united front is a fine thing. In this case, it won’t get you what you’re after. And if either of you ever leave the escort again, without my direct instruction, your horse will be tied to another. Is that understood?”

Neither of them responded.

“Love of the Goddess.” Bolin spun away with a growl.

Sully had stretched a picket line between two trees and had one of the mares tied off already. Bolin led Sandeen to the far end, tied him securely, then went to relieve Sully of his duties.

“Go meet the escort,” Bolin said.

Sully nodded, and left without a word. Things would be so much simpler if only Bolin could instill that kind of discipline in the two women who now trailed his moves, waiting for him to change his mind and answer their questions.

ROW80LogocopyNow, on to ROW80 . . . I missed Sunday’s check-in. Weekends are nearly impossible for me. I’m always busy doing something that keeps me away from the computer. And though I did remember I needed to do a check-in, by the time I sat down (or stood at my desk, as the case may be) I just didn’t have the oomph to do much more than browse social media and gape at bright shiny things. Fine, I may have played a few rounds of Bubble Town as well. So what?

That being said, I’m so close to finishing the first draft of Emergence that I’m dang near giddy. It has a lot of problems. A. Lot. Many things I have to fix. Holes to fill in. Characters to further define. Relationships to exploit . . . er . . . explore and round out. I’m actually excited about doing it. Which I wasn’t for a while. But I’ve been mulling over some things — especially while painting the house — and I made some decisions which helped my enthusiasm level skyrocket. And those decisions mean I can still use the ending I had written way back when I only had a few chapters done.

My other ROW80 goal of working on Crossing Paths is also chugging along. Although I had a big writing spurt on The First House over the past week, as well as some serial planning. I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m pretty excited about that as well.

Hmmm. . . seems on the writing front I’m excited about a lot. Feels good. I’d been in a funk far too often. It’s more fun being tormented by the muses when I’m actually enjoying their escapades.





  1. *Boromir meme happy dance* I’m so glad you did it! It’s perfect.

    Moving on… Imma punch Bolin. Just saying. Well… try to.

    “I just didn’t have the oomph to do much more than browse social media and gape at bright shiny things.” This is me. Every day. Except with funny instead of shiny (I’m looking at you, DamnYouAutocorrect!)

  2. Every time I read an excerpt featuring Bolin, I am amazed at how concisely you manage to characterise him 🙂

    • It’s easy for me to write Bolin. Unfortunately, I share a lot of his characteristics, and I have a couple male role models to draw from to fill in the gaps. Although, I must admit, there are times even I want to slap him. What has proven immensely difficult for me, is showing that he does have a softer side. I shy away from it as badly as he does!!

      • Writing a character that you relate to so well can have its challenges after all… I don’t know, I actually felt a bit sorry for him here. He’s trying very hard to do a job and do it right, and here he is feeling hounded for not wanting to talk about something.

  3. Love the Boromir meme and this excerpt. And yes I agree that Bolin deserves a punch. am Am I correct in my understanding that Emergence, A Darkness & Light Novel, Book Two is the end? That you’re not going to write a third book?

    • Bolin at least has reasons for his behavior. Well, okay, not always. Sometimes that’s just the way he is. 😉

      Hmmm . . . that’s a question with not a clear answer. I’m not discounting the possibility of a third book, or a fourth. I am intending to wrap this one up much more neatly than I originally intended. There will, however, be some strings left unattached. Not all questions will be answered. But I have several other projects begging for my time so I have chosen not to lock myself into pounding out another sequel. Not to say, one won’t happen.

      Also, not to say, after final edits I’ll have changed my mind completely.

      How’s that for a non-answer! 😀 I think I could have been a lawyer. Or a politician.

  4. Good for you Kathi! Glad your writing’s coming along well. I should have finished ‘The Inheritance’ properly soon – it only needs to be proofread (‘only’ she says!!) and then it should be good to go. Exciting times. BTW I’m going to read your novel ‘First of her kind’ soon. Looking forward to it. 🙂

    • “Only,” she says. Bwahahahaha…er…um …. I mean…. yeah, only. 😉 I hope you enjoy FOHK. I’ve gotten lots of good comments and some, um, interesting ones as well.

      • Well I guess we can learn from criticism as well as compliments – probably more though obviously it’s harder to accept. Especially when you’ve worked so hard on something.

        • Oh yes, thick skin definitely required. My favorite Beta readers are the ones who pull no punches. I absolutely dread getting notes back from them. I approach the document as though it’s going to bite me. And oh, some of it stings mightily. But after a few laps in the chocolate pool I usually see the wisdom of their comments. *sniff*

      • I think I’m definitely going to need to develop a thick skin when I self publish. Lol.

  5. Congrats on nearing the end! It was fun to read this WIPpet now that I’ve read book 1. Here’s to exploiting more characters for yet another week to come!

  6. Hehe. I like Bolin. And I agree with Eden, it seems like he’s just trying to do his job! 🙂

    Congrats on finishing up the first draft of “Emergence”!

  7. It seems like Bolin has his hands full with Ciara and Nialyne and his frustration at them came across well. How exciting to be that close to finishing the first draft of Emergence and also to be excited about writing full stop!

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  9. Ah, the old conundrum. Someone wants answers, someone else just wants blind trust & obedience. Sounds like me & my kids. 😉

  10. Love the meme… good ol LOTR!!!

    Who doesn’t love Bolin? Huh? Let me at them. I felt totally sorry for him, and felt his frustration…

    “Things would be so much simpler if only Bolin could instill that kind of discipline in the two women who now trailed his moves, waiting for him to change his mind and answer their questions.”

    Loved it. Reminds me of my Dad who used to suffer in silence as he tried to keep my sister and I on track…

  11. I am so stealing the meme for next Wednesday! Heee! (That’s one of my favourite memes ever, tbh). I guess if I enjoyed this excerpt (which I did), I should get onto reading the copy of First of Her Kind that I bought last night, yes? 😉

  12. Love the excerpt. Love that you’ve got several irons in the fire and are excited about all your projects. Now that you’re almost done with the first draft of Emergence, time to update your “Works in Progress” page? =*)

    A question about your process: what will you do once you have a completed first draft of Emergence? Do you set it aside for a while? Give it to a reader or two? Hand it off to your editor? Start editing it yourself immediately?

    • Well, I’ll *try* to let it sit for a while. A couple weeks to a month. Nobody, I repeat No-bah-dee! reads the first rough. *shudder* If I’m lucky at letting it sit (I’m not known for my incredible patience) I’ll print out a hard copy and start trying to make sense of it, filling in plot holes, axing scenes, adding others, filling in all the bracketed notes I have scattered throughout. Then, and only then, will I pass it to some readers for general thoughts. It will get another pounding, then off to the Betas by about the third or fourth edit.

      You mean, people actually look at my Works in Progress page? *blinks innocently* Um . . . update scheduled. 😉

  13. I am intrigued. I came in at an interesting scene. I love people dynamics! I can feel everyone’s frustration here (because the women clearly want the information at least as much as Bodin wants to keep it to himself).

    As a mom, I’ve found it works a lot better to give my kids the information and slow myself to their tempo (which means it can be tricky getting places on time, sometimes, but it allows me to get a lot of writing done as they pursue their passions. A better than even trade, I say!).

    Like you, I keep several projects going at once. That way, when I get stuck in one, or need a change of pace, there’s plenty else to do.

    Looking forward to reading more, loving this community, and stealing that meme, too! =)

    • Thanks!

      I love to know I’m not the only one with several projects rolling at one time. I often wonder if that’s a sign of ADHD. But I do often focus on just one. I know I’m having a bad day (or good, depending how you look at it) when I’ve worked on all three.

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