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.
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.”
“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.
Now, 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.