#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Week 1

First of all, I have a request, though given the crowd that visits this blog, I’m probably preaching to the choir here. Can we stop fussing about how other people read books? I’m just really sick of the ebook vs. print “debate”. People seem very concerned about how other people who have nothing to do with them read, and I can’t understand why… if you like print books, read print books. If you like ebooks, read those. If you like going with whichever option gives you the fastest and most affordable access to the book you want, like I do (my process is check library, check Amazon, check bookstore), then more power to you. Now let’s all stop the fuss, yes?

(This rant brought to you by a very stupid video I saw on YouTube today)

In other news, you know how I face cast my characters? I have this perfect image of the actor I want to cast as Armand in my NaNo 2014 story… The problem is, I can’t actually place who this actor is. After it had been bugging me all day, I literally figured it out just after I typed that sentence. Actor in question is Hugh Dancy, but from about 10 years ago, around the time he made Ella Enchanted. You guys have no idea how much of a relief this is. I could see his face and even hear his voice but couldn’t work out who he was. To the Pinterest machine! *points dramatically*

All right, I’m back from Pinterest. Firstly, an update on the ROW80 front. I am yet to start putting AMCF into the CreateSpace template. Once I finish writing this, I will go get my USB and put the relevant files on it so I can work on it at work with the dual monitors.

While I didn’t meet my “write for an hour on Tuesday” goal either, I have been working on my writing at other times. I sat down on Saturday or Sunday to start working on overall goal “Work out the plot holes in Unicorn Love”. Some of you may remember that Unicorn Love started out as a very different story to the one I thought it had become. On Saturday, I realised that a) that stuff with Aphrodite was really quite good, and b) the reason that I had so many plot holes was because I was trying to weave two stories together that really should be told separately. Lexie and David’s problems can be solved with Aphrodite’s help (and to think I was going to take her out of later versions), but even time travel can’t really help Grace and Anna. Not plausibly, anyway.

As such, I’ve returned to the original version, in which Lexie is the cupid who has lost her faith in true love, and I’ve got about two thirds of an outline written. It’s not going to be a long story. I’m expecting maybe 20000 words? Though I really don’t know? I haven’t entirely decided how to approach Grace and Anna’s story, though I have some notes. I don’t know whether I’ll sit down to write Unicorn Love and come back to Grace and Anna (who now have their own story but no title) or outline them both and then start writing. Either way, I’m glad I came to this realisation.

wednesdaybannerOn that note, today is Wednesday, which also means a WIPpet. For those unfamiliar with the blog hop, WIPpet Wednesday requires that you share an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow relates to the date. Then you link up here and see what other people have shared. Since the rest of today’s post is Unicorn Love themed, here is an excerpt that takes place not long after this one I posted back in July. For the 7th of January, I have 7 paragraphs.

“Lexie?” He stood up, and in a couple of strides had made his way to her. He took her hands in his as she stood up to meet him.


“What am I… what is this place? How am I here?”

“I don’t know. I… oh, you’ve got no idea how good it is to see you.”

“What is this place?”

“It’s hard to explain. Please stop talking and just hold me.”

David seemed happy to oblige. He slid his arms around Lexie’s waist and pulled her close. She put her arms around his neck and buried her head in his shoulder. That was when she sensed something was wrong. David had no scent that she could inhale, and his clothes were too crisp and clean. This was not David, but a very good reproduction.

That Aphrodite, eh? She’s a pesky one.

Anyway, I started this post late, which means it’s even later now. I was tired four hours ago when I got home, so I think it’s time to turn in for the night. See y’all soon!

~ Emily


25 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Week 1

  1. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    Ooh I like that Emily. So sinister! Starts off quite laid back and then… wham – he’s not who she thought he was. Where’s the real David?

    I too love Hugh Dancy. He’s great in Confessions of a Shopaholic too! 😉 (Yes, I do like my chick flicks now and again!)


    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks, Elaine. I’m glad that level of drama comes through. I wanted it to be really crushing when she realised it wasn’t him.

      Nothing wrong with that! I have been known to have chick flick nights with my cousin who also lives in this city, much to her husband’s chagrin.


  2. ReGi McClain says:

    I’m with the others. 🙂 I particularly like that she can’t smell him. I’m a weirdo with a sensitive nose, and I definitely identify some people by their scent, but it’s not usually the first thing people think about. One does not usually hug a friend and think, “Gosh, he smells different today.”


  3. Amy says:

    I totally found that snippet creepy! The no-scent thing and having him be a replica…freaky. Nice!

    Yeah, preaching to the choir on the book debate thing. People just like to be in everyone else’s business all the time. I like ebooks because I always have my phone on me, so I can read on my Kindle app or my iBooks app. It’s awesome. But I love print books and turning pages and the way it feels to read out loud to my kids while they cuddle with me. It doesn’t feel the same reading to them from an electronic device. I have no point except that I know what I like, and I don’t care what other people do.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I think I would be the same as you regarding reading to kids. I don’t have any of my own, but I read to my cousins and my younger niece and nephew, and yeah, having the pages to turn and such would feel much better in that situation.


  4. shanjeniah says:

    A great many of my characters have excellent noses, so I really felt this scene. And I personally a extremely texture-sensitive, so the too-crisp clothes made me very nervous. Poor Lexie – I hope it works out in the end and she gets her real David!

    I wrote about this ebook/print thing last week – I’m a both kinda girl!

    Love story revelations- I’ve been having some, too, and it’s a wild and wonderful ride!


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