It’s WIPpet Wednesday!
And I made a new banner, because I was bored of my old one. I’m getting creative with my WIPpet maths today, because I don’t like sharing long excerpts. AMCF is really my only project at the moment (until I sit down and figure out how to go about the rest of Operation: Sugarplum) and it isn’t a long story to begin with (the second draft will come in around 35k), so I don’t want to give too much away. Today is the 31st and 3+1=4, so here are four paragraphs that I wrote over the weekend.
“You look stunning,” he said, kissing her hand again as she met him at the top of the stairs.
Cait blushed. “I wish I’d had longer to find something appropriate to wear.”
“You know you could turn up here wearing a potato sack and I’d still be pleased to see you.”
“It’s not you I’m worried about impressing.”
Meeting your beloved’s parents for the first time is always a bit nerve-wracking, but spare a thought for Cait, whose future in-laws are the King and Queen (and from what she can gather, the King doesn’t entirely approve). This is not a situation she ever expected to be in, and no amount of assurance from Felipe is really going to allay her nerves.
If you would like to join in on the WIPpet fun (and we love newbies!), just post an excerpt from your current WIP, or the opening of what may become a new one, that somehow relates to the date. For today, the 31st of July, you might post something as simple as 31 sentences from Chapter 7, or just 31 lines, or 7 paragraphs, or do something like what I did and get creative with it. I can assure you the WIPpet Police are pretty lenient. Then link up with us here and check out what others have shared. As always, many thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting.
So how have I done with the writing so far this week? Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen this tweet I posted on Monday night:
And I’m on track for that. On Monday night I typed up what I had handwritten over the weekend. I also had to fix some formatting issues that occurred transferring the “Word document” from my tablet to my laptop, but I discovered opening the file in Wordpad rather than Word first seemed to fix that. Remember Wordpad? Yeah, me neither, til I had to. I wasn’t even sure it would be on newer computers, but apparently it’s still there. By the time I went to bed on Monday, all the pieces were in Scrivener, it was just that some of the scenes need finishing. I went through and made note of these scenes on the cork-board view, then I started going over them last night. In terms of number of words written, it probably wasn’t that many, but there was plenty of figuring out exactly how to finish scenes up, or how to add in an important tidbit that I wanted in particular place.
On the train on the way home from my parents’ place on Sunday, I finally got around to working out a timeline for the whole story. I downloaded a timeline app months ago for this express purpose, but it’s just sat around until now. You’d think I’d have figured my timeline out before the end of the second draft, but no; it’s sort of hovered around but I hadn’t gotten down to it. It’s only rough, since I just tied everything to months rather than specific days, but it’s good enough that I can look at it and say, “Okay, yes, there’s only three months between those two events, I seem to have said two months here and six months here.”
Once I have my second draft, I’m going to compile it into a Word document so I can track changes and make sure I have things like the timeline straight. I also need to be consistent with things like “the prince” versus “the Prince”, and also my dialogue punctuation (as much as incorrectly punctuated dialogue in others’ work upsets me, I know mine isn’t perfect, either). And Cait’s mother finally has a name as of last Saturday (had to brainstorm with my own mum to come up with something I liked). so that should probably be introduced sometime before the final chapter, which is where it is at the moment.
In between working on that, I might hopefully get around to doing some more work on my other goals, namely outlining Operation: Sugarplum and Friend of the Enemy. If you read my ROW80 sponsor post, Friend of the Enemy is the epic fantasy saga that is amazing in my head, but which I can’t get down on paper. Finishing the outline may or may not help with that, but it will get me one step closer. I may try and do some flash fiction for it for WIPpet Wednesdays, so that I’m not always trying to find non-spoilery bits from AMCF. It’s possible that I just need to get a first draft down and then I can work on fixing it. I did write about 20k on it for June Camp NaNoWriMo last year, but I’ve changed a lot of it since then, so I’m not sure how much still applies.
Anyway, this post kind of got away with me! I shall leave you now while you still have some time to go visit other blogs. Tata!