*dons sentimental hat*
You know what I realised after posting last week’s WIPpet Wednesday post? That I have only actually been a part of this group for two-and-a-half months, maybe three at the outside. But I feel like I’ve been a part of it forever. You guys are awesome. ♥
Well, Wednesday has come around againa and for today’s WIPpet I’m taking you back to Operation: Sugarplum, which I’ve added another few thousand words to over the past week and a half, including one scene that was rather action-packed and of which I was rather proud, since I don’t normally write action; usually the drama in my writing is character-driven.
These 22 lines take place just after Clara, Max and Drosselmeier have crosesd through the portal to the kingdom Max and Drosselmeier are from. Not many people actually know about the portal, so when they hear footsteps coming up the hill, they all take cover. This takes place after the person they heard has turned up and opened and gone through the portal for herself.
Drosselmeier’s expression was grim as he wiped dust from his coat. “Max, this is worse than we thought.”
“I know.” Max had stuck his hands into his trouser pockets and was already pacing the cave.
“Would someone like to tell me what my housemate is doing in your kingdom?”
Max nearly fell over mid-step and both his and Drosselmeier’s heads whipped around to look at Clara. “Your housemate?” Max repeated.
“Yes! Lauren Pirlipat. How do you know her? Why are things worse than we thought?”
Max looked at Drosselmeier, but his uncle just raised his eyebrows, clearly expecting Max to answer the question. Max took a deep breath. “Remember how I said I dated that girl who turned out to just want to know the ins and outs of the company?”
“That was her.”
“Lauren’s your ex-girlfriend?”
“Yes,” Drosselmeier chimed in, “and she’s seen everything there is to see inside our headquarters.” He frowned at Max, who averted his eyes. “Had it explained to her in minute detail, in fact.”
Spot the reference to Hoffman’s original Nutcracker story if you can! Also, someone remind me to go back and edit that other scene so that Max ends up with some kind of injury to his jaw (really, that’s all you need to say to me and I’ll know what you’re on about :D). And while you’re at it, remind me to acknowledge the blogging awards I’ve received over the past couple of weeks.
On the writing front, I wrote 4500-odd words last week, and had I added this up earlier, might not have been so lazy on the weekend and made it to 5000. But 4500 is still good. I’ve got ten days to write 5000 words and reach my 15000 word goal for May. You may have noticed that my Story A Day In May goal kind of dropped off. I just wasn’t feeling inspired and if I’m writing nearly 5000 words on my WIPs each week, I shouldn’t have to feel guilty about not doing other writing on top of those, right? I think I’m just going to write flash fiction whenever the mood strikes me, and not really worry about sticking to a schedule (I say this because a scary dream I had in the early hours of this morning kind of inspired me so maybe something will come of that…)
I wasn’t able to come up with anything related to the theme for this month’s Australian Literature Review short story competition, but I do have an idea for the June one, so I’ll probably try to outline that soon enough. I still need to finish the outline for Making Friends with Enemies, too. Having said that, I don’t really want more than two WIPs to work on at once, so there’s not a huge rush for that, but after having the story in my head for nearly 18 months, it would be nice to know exactly where it’s going to go.
Speaking of outlines, I still haven’t actually written one for Operation: Sugarplum, mostly because for a while it was writing itself and I was just winging it. It’ll probably keep doing that a bit once I get past my current snag, which isn’t really a snag, just a case of not being able to properly coherently describe my version of the Sugarplum Fairy. I know who she is and what she does, but the characters sound funny when they say it.
The second draft of A More Complicated Fairytale is at the point where I’ll be copying and pasting bits and pieces from the first draft that don’t need to be changed a whole lot. Apart from a couple of scenes where I need to add things in, and flesh things out or alter things slightly, a lot of it is going to remain the same. Up until a bit towards the end where everything changes again.
Oh! And did I mention I signed up to be a sponsor for the next ROW80 round? Pretty psyched about that. I have basically said that I would do it as soon as I figured out something to write for an inspirational post. And I did, so I signed up! 😀
Finally, on a completely irrelevant note, how about that Doctor Who finale, then, eh? :O 😀
And now I go back to doing what I’m being paid to do. Join in the ROW80 fun here and the WIPpet Wednesday fun here (regarding participating in the latter, all you need to do is post an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow correlates to the date, eg. 22 lines on the 22nd). Have fun and I’ll see you soon!