Did They Really Mean for Spot to Run?

I wonder if the author of the Dick & Jane books meant for Spot to run, or if Spot just up and ran because he felt like it, taking the plot along for the ride.

I’ve often mentioned how my characters like to run amuck, to the point where I feel a bit like Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus.

But yesterday– Boy howdy! Is there a full moon or something? I’m trying not to complain too loudly about their shenanigans because first off, whilst they were running amuck, several tiny seeds I planted earlier (even as early as Book One) came sprouting to fruition. Secondly, their amuckness gave me words. Many words. Thirdly, because of one and two, I got that feeling again. That flutter in the pit of a writer’s soul where the little being who dwells there rubs its hands together with glee and…


Yeah, like that.

Not to say I approved of all their actions. Some of which I now have to find a way out of. (Let’s all give a big sarcastic round of applause to Andrakaos, shall we?) But damn if it wasn’t a fun ride.


 And, as long as we’re talking about fun rides…

Okay, that’s a terrible segue into my WIPpet.

For those of you who missed Fader last week, I award you three sentences from The Adorned for the third of December. I find them to be quite…stirring. Perhaps you’ll agree.

 Roe had the door part-way open when Fader reached past her, the palm of his hand slamming it shut with enough force to rattle the window on the opposite wall. Roe jumped but didn’t turn. Not even when she felt the heat of Fader’s body behind her, and the whisper of his breath along her neck.

 *ggrrrrooowwwwllllllllllllll* I love Fader. I admit it.

Now I must dash off and see what Shan has done with my 10k word this week, and find out how the other ROW80 participants are doing.


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  1. Ooooh!! Not very nice of you to cut us off there, I want to read what happens next!

    • Hee, hee, hee. Now whoever led you to believe I was nice. 😉 I don’t think I’ve given a short WIPpet in a while. It felt like it was time.

  2. sssssteeamy! lol. I like Roe better. ::shrugs:: but I’m aware I’m a sucker for women more than men. =P

  3. Somebody put the fan on or open a window, will ya? Fantastic scene. 😀

  4. Oooooh. Yeah, steamy. I’m torn on which one of them I like better. Fader sparks my curiosity, but I love Roe’s spunk. Those two are electric, for sure.

    • I think one of the things I like about Fader is that he is completely unlike any character I’ve written before. At least, I think he is.

  5. Is it hot in here or is it just me? No. It’s Fader. He’s the hottie.

  6. Plenty of tension in such a short snippet.

    My characters are always surprising me, taking the story off in different directions or not cooperating in some fashion. They’re supposed to be our own creations, but they seem to have minds of their own. I’m glad you were able to get something out of your characters running amuck.

  7. Ah, sounds like a wonderful feeling, Kathi! Congrats. 🙂

  8. nice section break!! You tease.

  9. I love both these characters!! More please!!!

    My characters do their own thing all the time, so I definitely understand! In fact, Ema, the character featured in my WIPpet, appeared out of NOWHERE on the last day of NaNo. She doesn’t exist in any previous drafts, any planning, any anything! Yet here she is, and now I have to work out exactly what she’s going to do now that she’s here.

  10. It doesn’t seem to matter how much I plan, my characters still go off on their own.

    Loved the snippet, but…that’s it? I need more!

  11. Ooh I like this Kathi! I sense a bit of sexual tension here (unless I’ve misread it completely lol). Anyway great excerpt. But I agree with Fallon – I want more! 🙂

    • Thanks, Elaine. And no, you are not misreading anything at all. Seems there are quite a few scenes I have written of this variety. Huh. Wonder what that holds in store for these two.

  12. I’ve had characters get up mid-story, say “f*** this s***, I’m outta here,” and leave. And I’ll bet that Spot saw a squirrel….

  13. Words! Yay!

    Evocative WIPpet. Sooo many ways it could go, but everyone single one of them leaves that certain little tingle running down Roe’s spine. Nicely done.

  14. Gotta be the moon! It’s the only thing that can explain it happening to you AND to me- because, I gotta tell ya – amuck doesn’t even begin to describe every character in anything I touched this week!

    It’s amazing, and they’ve got me all twisted up in the plot with them! I’m looking at my scene Cheat Sheetss, and thinking – yeah, I thought I had conflict, but that was nothin’!!!

    I’m feeling a little breathless….

    I think Roe’s right there with me….but Fader seems to have enough for all of us.

    One more thing before I go and finish up the last full scene before I kill off a formerly minor character who’s been surprising me since Scene 21, when she burst onto the scene in an extremely visible and memorable way, and then proceeded to get more and more complicated and messed-up….

    I’m going to miss her, and I won’t be alone…

    But that one thing. I’ve got this greedy Vulcan chick staring me down, telling me she wants another word…and she’s a LOT stronger than I am…

    • And Spot? The writer made him run to torment me. Whose idea was it to make kids who were reading Black Beauty and Heidi at home read Dick and Jane in school? And then answer QUESTIONS about the inanity?!

      There are many many many reasons we homeschool, but those books are on the list!

    • I was so emotional after one scene I wrote — boy, they sucked me in so hard and held me under water until I was gasping for breath. That was so much fun!! Makes up for all the times it felt like I was slogging through knee-deep mud in cement boots.

      I may have another word for T’Pol by the end of the weekend. I’m trying. 🙂

      • She would find another word – agreeable.

        I know what you mean. My head is spinning from all the sharp turns, reversals, and out-of-the-blue craziness!

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