#WIPpet Wednesday – Religion and magic


This was me last Sunday

I have a headache and I’m not in a great mood at the moment. As I briefly mentioned in my post on Monday, my car got rear-ended on Sunday. To my untrained eye, the damage didn’t look too bad, so I had her towed off to a smash repairs place and remained hopeful. Unfortunately, today I called them to follow up on it and it sounds like it’s going to be write-off. Apparently the damage is in the $3000-range, and the car is only worth about $2000 at most (it’s fifteen years old, my parents had it for ten of those and they live a long way from anywhere, so it has nearly 300,000 km on it). I want to clarify my options with my insurer, but I’m going to do that tomorrow when I’m hopefully less likely to cry at them. It’s not looking promising. Right now, I’m watching cat videos on YouTube so I don’t send angry text messages to the guy who hit me. Actually, mostly that’s because I’m far too nice to people and he’s been really quite cooperative and I would feel bad. But I’m still angry.

Did I mention my parents only gave me this car in mid-October?

Anyway. Let’s change the subject, shall we? I don’t want to bring down the normally delightful mood in the WIPpet Wednesday circle with my own woes.  WIPpet Wednesday is a weekly blog hop where authors share excerpts of their WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can join us here! Today is the 26th so I have added the 2 and the 6 together to give you 8 lines from my NaNoWriMo 2014 Word document. This story still doesn’t have a title, dammit. In this scene, it has come up that Josephine was religious in her previous life (five hundred years past), which piques Armand and Bianca’s interest. This is one of those bits of world-building that I didn’t plan, it just came out as I was writing and seemed to fit.

Armand tilted his head as he looked at Josephine. “Are you religious, Josephine?” he asked.

“I was… raised to believe that there is a power higher than us somewhere in the heavens.”

“Wow,” said Bianca. Josephine looked at her, confused by her incredulity. “Sorry,” she said, “once magic started manifesting amongst those people living in Esterfey in the early days all the religious systems started to fade away.”

“Yes,” Armand added, “While there were some who argued that their magical abilities were a gift from their gods, most people believed they had no need of their deities now that they could often answer their own prayers, or at least find someone who could.”

Despite the fact that I like this bit, it may not actually make it past this draft, since one of the notes in my “Notes for post-November” file is to make the magic systems a little more underground, rather than something everyone has and chooses whether or not to use. But we’ll see. December I am basically declaring a reading month and taking a break from writing, then I’ll come back to this and Unicorn Love in the new year. I can’t believe the new year is only five weeks away.

Anyway, I haven’t actually got my words down for today, so I probably ought to go work on that. Last night I wrote 2000 words in 55 minutes, but I don’t know if I can manage that two nights in a row. I’ll catch y’all later!

~ Emily


19 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – Religion and magic

  1. Kate Sparkes says:

    So sorry about the car. 300,000 km or not, it stinks to lose a car you just got AND that was working just fine. I hope everything works out with your insurance. I know what a pain that can be. 😦

    Like the snippet, though! A reading month sounds pretty good to me right about now, too. Since the end of December I’ve written about 150K words. If only there weren’t editing coming up… O.o


    • Emily Witt says:

      I’ve been putting off calling the insurance company to finalise my claim simply because I don’t have a landline phone and calling from my mobile is using up all my credit because they keep putting me on hold forever. The people I’ve dealt with so far have been lovely, though, so hopefully it all goes smoothly.

      You’ve no idea how keen I am to have time to read again. I should probably also get onto things like formatting AMCF for paperback so I know how many pages it will be and can then start really getting a cover together. I have been thinking of getting into work early each day and making the most of having two monitors on my computer there to be going back and forth between.


  2. Amy says:

    So sorry about your car. I’ve been there, and it really does suck.

    I love the snippet. It sounds like what some people say about technology; very interesting to think people with magic might feel somewhat the same way.


    • Emily Witt says:

      It rather does, doesn’t it?

      I like that way of looking at it. And Regi said in her comment below that it could also apply to some Westerners and their money. Who knew I could get so deep and symbolic?


    • Emily Witt says:

      Oh, thank you for that link, it was awesome. That sad little pug stole my heart. I was so pleased when he got his bed back. I love how in half of them, the cats are half the size of the dog, but the cat still wins.

      Thank you 🙂


      • Celine Jeanjean says:

        Haha yes, it’s so cute! I love how unflappable some of the cats are too, not even moving when the dogs drag the bed around with them on it!
        We recently adopted a puppy and we have two cats – I’m secretly hoping that’s how they’ll be eventually, the cats stealing Poppy’s bed and then all three of them snuggling together. We have a long way to go… 😉

        Glad the video cheered you up! 🙂


  3. shanjeniah says:

    A few years ago a semi truck (I don’t know if that translates; one of the very large cargo carriers) merged into a lane where my husband was driving my beloved Dodge Intrepid. He was forced into the guardrail, and there were two other cars involved. Thankfully, no one was hurt…

    But my car…totaled. We were all heartbroken. My daughter was only 11 months old when we bought it.. She said, “It was the part of our family that lived in the driveway.”

    I hope you get positive car news, and that the pain eases up.

    I like the idea of a reincarnated character, and rld that shifted during her ‘time way’.


    • Emily Witt says:

      Yep yep, we use the same term so I know which ones you mean. That sounds awful! Though it could have been much worse by the sounds of it. I luckily didn’t have too much attachment to mine just yet, though it was the car I learned to drive in at home.


  4. kathils says:

    Some say I’m unnaturally attached to Skronk — my truck — so I’d likely not take an accident that totaled her very well at all. Many virtual hugs.

    Love the excerpt. It’s an interesting look at how people in your world view magic and religion.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I just want to say that Skronk is an awesome name for a truck. I hope nothing ever happens to him/her(?).

      Thanks! I’m rather partial to it for something that just came to me as I was writing.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I think I’m going to be in the market for a new car, which is making me sad. Hopefully the insurance stuff won’t be too painful, though.

      Thanks! I’m actually excited to get really into the world-building post-November and really make it nice and solid.


  5. ReGi McClain says:

    “most people believed they had no need of their deities now that they could often answer their own prayers, or at least find someone who could”

    Poignant. The same could be said of most first-world countries and their money.

    We’ve had that happen twice. :-/ It stinks. Be sure to get a chiropractor or someone to look at your neck. Mine didn’t start hurting until after I foolishly let the insurance company close my case. All 4 of my kids and I are still paying for that mistake, though my kids at least have coverage for chiro.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I hadn’t actually thought of that, but you’re totally right, a very similar thing.

      Oh, no, that sucks. I took Monday off work and got straight to my chiropractor because my neck was already twinging by Sunday night. He did as much as he could and said to keep the heat on the muscles because they would have all tensed up. I also went and got a neck/shoulder massage on Tuesday and that cleared up the worst of it. Hopefully it won’t come back to haunt me again.

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