#WIPpet Wednesday – Promise me. (#ROW80 also)

row80-2After finishing my edits on A More Complicated Fairytale over Easter, I then proceeded to be lazy for a fortnight and do nothing. I resolved, however, that this week I would get back on track with things. I had Crucible rehearsal on Monday night (only 8 rehearsals left now – eeeek!) so that really only left last night. Even though it had only been a couple of weeks, my discipline had all but disappeared, so I just aimed for 500 words, and in about two hours I ended up with 611. I actually had a rough version of the scene I was trying to write saved in Evernote; I wrote it back in November. Guy as a character appeared in my head when I was wandering the Egyptian galleries at the British Museum and had an entirely unnecessary Irish accent in my mind, which I blame on the fact that I had seen the musical Once the day before and it’s set in a bar in Dublin.

(Semi-related side-note: I just looked up the Wikipedia article for Once to check which city it was set in, and have learned that the main guy is now being played by Arthur Darvill, who some people might remember as Rory in Doctor Who. Why was he not in it when I saw it?! Not that the guy I saw was anything short of amazing, I was verging on some serious ugly-crying by the end, but…!)

Sorry, anyway, as I was saying, I had a rough draft of this scene, and it’s mostly still rough, but at least I got the words down. With luck, I will work on some more tonight.

Today is also Wednesday, which means I also need to post a WIPpet. No tricky maths for me today, just seven short paragraph for the seventh day of the month (related: how is it even May already?). In this scene, Cait is saying goodbye to Guy before he leaves for war, and he finally has the guts to ask her out. Well, sort of. For the future.

amcfbanner“All right, when I come back, would you consider… I don’t know, accompanying me to a dance or to dinner some time?”

Cait’s shoulders had tensed as Guy began the question, but relief swept over her as he finished it. She laughed, a wide smile crossing her face. “I thought we were going to reach a point where I would have to ask you that.”

Guy’s relief was also obvious, and he laughed, too. “Well, why didn’t you? It would have made it so much easier for me.”

Cait absently reached up to straighten his collar. β€œWell, you did fine in the end. I must go, my parents will be waiting. Promise me you’ll stay safe.”

“I will.”

“No unnecessary rushing into battle.”

“I’ll do my best.”

To join in on WIPpet Wednesday, just post an excerpt of your current WIP that somehow correlates to the date, and then join us at the link over here. Many thanks to our fearless leader, K. L. Schwengel, for hosting. A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) is hosted by Kait Nolan and you can find out more here. I’m going to head off now and get a start on Friday’s blog post, since I have rehearsal again tomorrow night and usually like to have Friday posts up in the morning. Catch y’all later! πŸ™‚

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22 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – Promise me. (#ROW80 also)

  1. kathils says:

    “It would have made it much easier for me.” LOL That is a great line. πŸ˜‰ And a wonderful excerpt. I love the little intimate touches you throw in, like Cait adjusting Guy’s collar. Very nice.

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  2. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    I’m confused here as I thought that Cait gets with Felipe in the end? But maybe I’ve misunderstood and she ends up with Felipe eventually? Great excerpt. I like the awkwardness between them.

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  3. Beth Camp says:

    When I contrast the intensity of your week with the snippet, I’m amazed truly that you got any writing done. Love the inner voice of the writer that analyzes and works away no matter what you do. The snippet is charming and real — with that tension between two people who authentically care about each other. Nice.

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  4. Tammy J Rizzo says:

    Rory rocks my world. πŸ™‚ I saw Arthur Darvil as Mephistopheles in ‘Faustus’, via digitaltheatre.com. I would love to see him in ‘Once’, but they don’t have it!
    Looks like you’ve got your week laid out pretty well, and your goals pretty straight in your mind. Good for you! I’m still forgetting what my goals are, until it’s time for a check-in, and then I have to scramble to see what I was supposed to have been working on, and what, of that, I managed to do! %-} <-my confuzzled face, a.k.a my regular face.
    Finally, your snippet felt real and natural. Thank you for sharing it! I may need to look into WIPpets Wednesday. πŸ˜€

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    • Emily Witt says:

      That’s one I haven’t watched through Digital Theatre yet, though I do intend to! I did figure out there was a week of overlap with Faust and the Tennant/Tate Much Ado About Nothing and I was fully planning a whirlwind trip to the UK… then I realised not having a current passport would probably be an issue. I did see David Tennant in Richard II and Matt Smith in American Psycho last year, though, so I can’t really complain.

      Do come and play with the WIPpeteers. It is great fun!

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      • Tammy J Rizzo says:

        Oooooh, Matt Smith in American Psycho? COOOL! Digital Theatre also has Tennant/Tate Much Ado, and it is absolutely hysterical. πŸ˜€ The paint scene scared my sister – I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe, and she came running to see if I was dying! When she watched it herself, she could hardly breathe, either. πŸ™‚

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Haha, they do not deceive you. I was watching my housemate-at-the-time’s DVD at the same time as I was starting to write AMCF and the characters all sort of merged in my head.

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  5. Eden says:

    Again… it was neat to notice she didn’t answer him. It’s clear she likes him a lot, but… we’ll this is a lot more coy than I expect from Cait. She must be besmitten by Guy. πŸ™‚

    And BUSY… wow, lady! You’ve been just going all out. I think any writing at this point is good.

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