#WIPpet Wednesday – Plot twist

On the left is a picture of my yesterday evening. I am a bit poor now, but I can confirm at least that the Bailey’s was a good life choice, and I expect the Pratchett collection will be, too. When I first started reading Discworld, I was really a bit young to understand the satire, and as such enjoyed them on a superficial level, but still found them a bit hard-going. I think now is a good time to get back into it.

Anyway, you know how last Wednesday it was July 2 and I had plunged into Camp NaNoWriMo the day before without really any idea what I was writing, but the story was promising to be a fun, light-hearted thing with Greek Gods and romance and fun times? Suddenly on Monday it found something of a plot and has suddenly taken a turn for the dramatically romantic. Also there is now time travel. And after Camp, this may end up being quite a different story. Possibly no Greek gods. Possibly steampunk. But I’ve gotten quite attached to my romantic leads now, so at this stage I’ll be sticking with it post-July.

So onto WIPpet Wednesday. Today is the 9th, and 9 is a multiple of 3, so I’m going to give you three sentences from Unicorn Love (title is also probably going to change when the story does). In this scene… well, Aphrodite is basically messing with Alex’s head. The third sentence refers to the fact that Alex hailed from Sydney before Aphrodite recruited her as a cupid, a bit over a hundred years ago.

Aphrodite’s gaze wandered around the food court before settling on a man a few tables away. At first, Alex thought the goddess was eyeing him for herself, but then she actually took in his features and felt her stomach drop for the second time in as many hours. She recognised the short brown hair and the square jaw all too well, and for a moment she was seventeen again and back in the Sydney she used to know.

I’ll admit I’m a fair bit behind on Camp NaNo, as I’ve only been getting about 250 words written a day than 500. However, I am focusing on the positive: 250 is better than none at all, particularly when I’m not entirely sure where my story is going and playing it by ear. I also spent most of the weekend cleaning my house because I had guests arrive on Sunday, and they are hear until Saturday. Since one of them is a friend of mine who has now moved to England and the other is his girlfriend, I’m actually spending time with them rather than writing. Since at the moment he thinks the next time he’s likely to be in Australia is October of next year, I’m not feeling too guilty about not writing. They are seeing How To Train Your Dragon 2 tonight, but I opted out, so I’ll get a bit more done tonight, hopefully.

On that note, I might leave off. Edy needs the computer to do some work stuff, and I might indulge in some more Baileys, and write some more, or figure out which of the books in that photo to start reading. To join in on WIPpet Wednesday, post an excerpt from your WIP that somehow correlates (however loosely) to the date, and then join us at the linky. Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. The paragraph above is essentially my ROW80 check-in. You can read more about that (“the writing challenge that knows you have a life”) and sign up here. Now I shall be off!



27 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – Plot twist

  1. kathils says:

    Bailey’s is definitely a smart life choice. Yup. And Yum.

    Uh-oh! Who’s the cutie and what’s that darn Aphrodite up to now?


  2. Adrian says:

    bahaha I agree with Kate. That opening was so random and awesome. Sometimes friends are a bit more important when they’re in real life and not your imagination. Keep on writing though. You have 3 weeks to catch up, so you’ll be fine.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I have made a good go at catching up tonight. Friends are out having dinner with other friends and are still not home. Less than 500 words and I’ll be caught up (which I will then have to do again on Sunday because I’m having a board games night tomorrow and going out on Saturday, I think).


  3. L. Marie says:

    I agree with Kate and Adrian. Ha! And what an intriguing development!
    Glad you’re reading Discworld. I so love this series, especially the City Watch miniseries. Love me some Vimes! I also love the Tiffany Aching books.


    • Emily Witt says:

      There were a few Tiffany books in there, too. Do I need to read the Wee Free Men for them to make sense, or are they like the main series in that you can just pick one up and start reading?


  4. Amy says:

    I’m in complete agreement that 250 words is better than none. Progress is still progress.

    I’m intrigued by the direction you say this is going to take. I know you said you might not keep the Greek gods thing, but there’s something that appeals to me about combining that with steampunk. It seems—like the line the others liked—really random and awesome.


  5. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    Great excerpt Emily, though rather confusing! I’m reading it out of context of course, so I don’t know why Aphrodite is messing with Alex’s head or what the significance of the man she’s seen is.

    Glad you’re keeping up with your writing – hopefully I’ll be able to read one of your books someday. πŸ™‚


    • Emily Witt says:

      Probably doesn’t help that the tone of what I was writing completely changed, so there’s little continuity for me to draw from, either!

      I hope so! Hopefully soon!


  6. Alana Terry says:

    Happy camping to you. πŸ™‚ Your outlook on your word count is sooo true. “Might not have Greek gods. Might be steampunk.” I love it – sounds like a really fun project to be working on!


    • Emily Witt says:

      I am feeling pretty awesome, I have to say. πŸ˜€

      Shenanigans! Shenanigans is what she has planned! (Not exactly, though; I just really like the word shenanigans).


  7. shanjeniah says:

    Have you read Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul? If not, it might give you ideas, even though the dogs were Norse. Odin’s linen fetish was delightful.

    I could totally see a steampunk, tricked-out Greek Gods series.

    And Alex….what WILL become of Alex and the square-jawed fellow?


    • Emily Witt says:

      It’s on my keep-meaning-to-get-to-it list! I think I remember reading a snippet or something with Norse dogs, though.

      The more I think about it, the more I want Greek Gods AND steampunk!

      Now that is the question…


      • shanjeniah says:

        I think you might find a lot of inspiration, and more than a few giggles with that book. Might be a perfect read between drafts.

        Greek Gods and steampunk are a good combination, in my book (umm, YOUR book!). I’ve got a feeling you’re really on to something here!


  8. Eden says:

    Your last line was haunting… and teasing. Totally love the idea already.

    And now… I think I need a glass of wine. Your fault, Emily. And I love you for it. πŸ˜€


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