It’s Wednesday and I’m back in full swing! Look out WIPpeteers, I’ll actually be making the rounds this week. Mm-hmm. That’s right.
Let’s get right to business, shall we? I’m resorting to creative WIPpet math today to give you 23 sentences from The Adorned. (11 for the month + 12 for the day). I’m slowly running out of things to share from this one since I don’t have a lot written. Guess I’ll have to put more words down. However, if you read through to my ROW80 update, you’ll see why that may not be possible at the moment. Anyhow, I’ve removed one or two words from this excerpt that could have been spoilery, and have the expletive in brackets because I’ve yet to put effort into finding a replacement for it. Driev used ‘sarding’ as his version of the eff-bomb. Not sure what Roe will wind up with, so for now, it stays.
Roe wrenched her arm out of his grip. “No. Look, you hired me to help you find someone, we found her. I’m done. I’ve got other things to do with my time. You’re dangerous for me to be around. For some reason people want to dust me now. Well, more people than normal, leastwise. And meaner ones to boot. So, no. No, no, and in case you didn’t hear me up there, no.”
But Fader stepped in front of her; just a smooth, calm shifting of his body that claimed the space between her and the door. She should have been terrified. He towered over her, all hard muscle and swirling tattoos–and that soft look in his light eyes that belonged to someone far less imposing, and did things to her resolve she found hard to fight.
Roe clenched her jaw, and refused to look at him. “No fair. No [fucking] fair.”
“The world abounds in that which appears unfair.” Even when he kept his voice quiet it rumbled like a distant storm.
“It abounds in idiots as well,” Roe said. “I don’t mean to give it another.”
His fingers wrapped her wrist, light but firm, his hand making her arm look like a child’s. She stared at it, frowning.
Huh. Sounds as though Roe is a bit conflicted. Mwahahahahaha!
Now, my ROW80 update. If you recall, not too long ago I was all *head, desk, repeat*. Well, I’m pleased to say that at the present moment, I’m more like…
Because, not only did I manage to hit another 10k goal with EoD, which meant I got to send Shan a new word to use in her WIPpet with Trip and T’pol, but I added quite a few more words somehow. Not only that– *looks around and lowers voice to whisper* —EoD is actually going rather well at the moment.
I know! Right?
Everyone is still doing unexpected things, but they seem to be doing them with a sense of cohesion I hadn’t felt before. We still may not all be on the same page, but we’re at least in the same book. There were times I questioned that. I think the change has come because I’m at creeping up on the midway point and shit is starting to happen. Pieces are being moved into position in preparation for the inevitable heart-stopping conclusion.
Well, someone’s heart will be stopped. That’s a certainty.
*ahem* Moving on…
I also have a new character who I just adore. Back in the early, early stages he was in, but I couldn’t make it work with the plot as it was, so he was out. Then I trashed the first 20 or 30 THOUSAND words I had written and managed to sneak him back in. Then he was out again. Now, he’s permanently back in. All I can say is he must have a helluva agent who negotiated him quite the contract. He comes complete with a few surprises, and I only hope readers will feel the same about him as I do.
So where does that leave my current word count? Glad you asked.
Which doesn’t include another 2366 words of upcoming scenes and some climactic events because I don’t know if they’ll make it in. I think they will, but I’ll wait until then to officially count them.
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