#WIPpet Wednesday – I’m back!

Hello! It is I! I have returned to the real world from the depths of the Salem Witch Trials (though I will say that Abigail Williams is proving a difficult character to let go of). Our production of The Crucible went really well. Audiences on both days were very impressed (even though we were all really tired by Sunday and it was not as good as Saturday’s performance). We raised $2500 all together, $1500 of which will go to the charity we support and the other $1000 of which will pay for theatre hire for our next production in October. Our director is still forwarding us emails from people telling us how great the whole thing was. One of my co-stars has given me the details for her agent and told me I should get on her books, which is incredibly flattering, and I am thinking about it, but she also gave me the details for some people she’s done various acting classes with, and I think I might follow those up first. I have no desire to make a career out of acting, but there are some short film festivals in Canberra and that sort of thing, and it would be fun to have the contacts to participate in something like that.

Here are a couple of photos taken by our director’s daughter-in-law (whose daughter played my little cousin, Betty). The first one is from Act 3, when I’m claiming that Mary Warren is sending a cold wind on all of us because she’s clearly a witch (this is what happens when you decide to dob on Abigail Williams). The second is earlier on when I am arguing with John Proctor over whether or not he’s still into me (he totally is, at least a bit, and we both know it, hence the look on his face).ย  Also, check out those wigs. I have a pixie cut, only the bangs are mine.

"Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow!"

“Oh, Heavenly Father, take away this shadow!”

 "I have a sense for heat, John, and yours draws me to my window, and I have seen you there, looking up and burning in your loneliness. Do you tell me you've never looked up at my window?"

“I have a sense for heat, John, and yours draws me to my window, and I have seen you there, looking up and burning in your loneliness. Do you tell me you’ve never looked up at my window, John?”

All right, you’ve now indulged me enough, so I shall give you what you came for. It’s Wednesday, and that means a WIPpet is in order. To be honest, I haven’t actually done any work at all on my writing in the past couple of weeks. Rehearsals are my main excuse, but I am basically up to give-it-to-a-proofreader stage, and I really need to find myself a new writing project, since AMCF really is in its final stages. As such, today I’m just going to pull five paragraphs (for the 5th month) from one of last year’s NaNoWriMo stories, An Eventual Happily Ever After, which is a sort-of-sequel/companion piece to AMCF, starring Cait’s younger sister, Ginny, in the lead role. Ginny is only 12-13 in AMCF, but she is 18 in this one, and certain people are thinking its time she got paired off with a nice gentleman somewhere.

“I hope you’re not going to meet Sir Kieran with that expression on your face.”

“I don’t know. It will depend on Sir Kieran.”

“Ginny.”

“I’m sorry.” Ginny turned on the dressing table stool to face her mother. “It’s just that you and Father and the King and Queen have decided that this man is a good match for me and I don’t know a single thing about him. Cait was a commoner and Prince Felipe convinced his parents to let him marry her because he loved her. I’m not a Crown Princess, why do I have to marry someone of a certain station?”

“Unfortunately that’s the way it works,” her mother said, and Ginny thought she sounded almost as glum as Ginny felt. “Cait’s a part of the Royal Family now, and by extension, we are, too. Sometimes we have to go along with these things.”

If you want to join in on WIPpet Wednesday, please do! It’s very easy. Just post an excerpt from your WIP with some correlation to the date. Then join us at the linky here. I’m going to dash away now, and continue to cross-reference this GoodReads list of novels set during the Salem Witch Trials with my public library’s catalogue. Since I have no rehearsals or performances this weekend (sadface!), I hope to be able to get back to visiting you all on a more regular basis. ๐Ÿ˜€ Laters!

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21 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – I’m back!

  1. Amy says:

    โ€œUnfortunately thatโ€™s the way it works.โ€ I love this, because I think it says a lot. Not just about fairy tales or royal families, but about life in general and love/relationships in particular. I’m probably reading more into that than you intended, sorry. LOL!

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  2. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    Lovely excerpt Emily. I got a good sense of Ginny’s frustration and her feeling of injustice. I hope she gets to live the life she wants, not a life dictated to her by others. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. ReGi McClain says:

    Oh fun! I can’t wait to read Ginny’s story. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ah, the old theater days. Such fun! I haven’t been on a stage for anything but brief cameos as Mary in Christmas pageants (because I happened to have a baby at the time) in 16 years. I can’t act worth beans anymore (though I’m told I do a decent Orc when reading).

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      • ReGi McClain says:

        Mostly school-type stuff, with a few semi-professional plays when I was young. (Mom’s bestie wrote plays. Mom made all the costumes and I got minor roles.) I did more drama in high school, including the competitive improv team, but never went beyond that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still, it was fun. I learned some really nifty special effects make-up, saw a bunch of Broadway shows, etc.

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  4. Eden says:

    Wonderful pictures, Emily. I can see you definitely were into your character. And you looked awesome!

    Ack though! Poor Ginny. Why do I get the feeling that her story is going to be an even more complicated fairytale than her sister’s?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks, Eden! She was definitely a fascinating character to get into! (Though no one seems to believe me when I claim that she’s not just an evil psycho, and that she’s really just really misunderstood!)

      It may very well turn out that way! There are pirates, for a start…!

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      • Eden says:

        A lot of people are perfectly sane and yet horrible to others and the world around them. Just because they don’t act the way we would, doesn’t negate the reality of who they are. Abigail’s ‘world’ was close to insane by our standards; she had to be a bit skewed to survive it.

        Pirates, eh? Arr!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      Haha, I know right! Show ate my brain for a while and writing went completely by the wayside because I just couldn’t fit a third thing in there with rehearsals and day job!

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  5. Christina Olson says:

    Congrats on the play doing so well and raising so much money for charity!

    Poor Ginny, I understand whee she’s coming from, but, sadly, yes, that’s totally the way it works. Hopefully this Sir Kieran isn’t too bad.

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  6. kathils says:

    I *love* those first two lines, especially the first. Excellent snippet. I can’t wait to see Sir Kieran. I hope he turns out to be not deserving of her expression. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Congrats on the success of The Crucible. Job well done it sounds like.

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