This was a good week to have a break from writing. It was announced that Peter Capaldi will be taking over the role of the Doctor on Doctor Who, and now everything is the 12th Doctor and nothing hurts. (Everything is also the Eleventh Doctor and everything hurts, but that’s a different matter.)
I’ve also realised that I’ve been ignoring a lot of my 101 Things in 1001 Days goals because I’ve been spending so much time writing. Sure, some of them can’t be achieved right now (though it’s only three months and five days until I go overseas!), but there are some I should be working on, like getting back into playing piano, or finishing knitting a thing. So I’m going to try and concentrate on some of those things as well.
Anywho, since I haven’t been writing this week, for WIPpet Wednesday I’m using 7 paragraphs (for the 7th of the month) from last year’s Camp NaNoWriMo. This was my first attempt at writing Friend of the Enemy, but was fraught with bad luck and I didn’t get finished. Lotte is attending the peace negotiations between her country and the neighbouring one with her father. They’ve just arrived, and he’s having a rest, so she goes and finds a spot to read. And on that, the character of Lotte was originally based on Belle from Beauty and the Beast, since it was this Beauty and the Beast fanfiction I wrote for a Disney fanfic challenge which was the original inspiration for this entire story. So she’s pretty used to people judging her because she’s a girl who reads and has her own ideas and things like that. And be warned, this is still raw from the Camp NaNo file, so probably riddled with errors.
Despite it still being only fairly early in the afternoon, the inside of the inn was fairly dark; in one room, however, a large open fire was blazing, and Lotte chose one of the comfortable-looking lounge chairs there to seat herself in. She found her place in the book, and nestled down in the cushions to enjoy the next few hours.
She had only been there for a couple of hours when she was interrupted by an unfamiliar voice. “If you don’t mind my asking, miss, what are you reading?”
Lotte looked up to find a young man around her own age leaning on the edge the back of her chair, looking back down at her. His hair was a bit all over the place, and he wore a pair of wire-framed glasses. His accent was certainly not Dodgish, so Lotte assumed he was Trilvainian.
“Oh, uh, nothing really,” she replied. In truth, the novel she had with her was not exactly a masterpiece of Dodgish literature. In fact, it was mostly badly-written romance, but Lotte had to admit she did enjoy it. It was her only guilty pleasure, and she read plenty of more informative books to make up for it. Keeping her finger inside to mark her place, she closed the book over so the Trilvainian stranger could see the cover.
“Ahh… dreaming of your own handsome hero to come and whisk you away to paradise?”
Lotte felt a blush creep up her cheeks, though at the same time she felt slightly relieved that this boy was just gently teasing her, instead of mocking her harshly like most of the boys back home did.
“To be honest, just having someone to talk to would be nice,” she replied. “I don’t mind if there’s no whisking away involved.”
And that is why I can’t bring myself to read my Doctor Who novel at work, because as nerdy as my workplace is and as much as half of my colleagues also love the show, I am sure someone will tease me about it. So I’m reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo instead, and it’s actually not as hard-going as I’d expected. I expect it might get worse, though; I’ve read the first volume of the graphic novel so I sort of know what’s coming.
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