#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Update – Holy progress, Batman!

I’m going to start with a ROW80 update today, since there is lots to report on that front.

row80Goal 1: Spend half an hour a day before or after work formatting AMCF into the CreateSpace template.

This is actually complete! Sort of. It ended up only taking me about 45 minutes to get the text all copied into the CreateSpace template (the advantage of having written a short novel). There are still some issues I need to fix but this is well on its way.

Goal 2: Spend one hour on Tuesdays and Fridays on writing projects.

I didn’t strictly do this on the days my goal suggests  last week, but the weekend ended up being very productive, as has the first half of this week. My boyfriend was insisting that I have a lazy Saturday, which meant I was not allowed to any housework (I did get the dishes done and one load of washing before he started going on about this). This meant that I was able to sit down and concentrate on Unicorn Love, and as I said on Facebook, the pieces that hadn’t fallen into place already did so that afternoon. I ended up writing 4000 words before I went to bed. Maybe 1500 of those were copied and pasted and from the original Camp NaNo version, but most were new. On Saturday I also figured out the ending and how to get there, so I had the complete story before me.

… Of course, on Sunday, I only managed about 600 words, and I’ve been averaging around 450-600 every day since (work has been taking it out of me). That’s still ahead of my goal of an hour’s work/between 500-1000 words two evenings a week.

It’s actually going to probably end up under 10,000 words, so I’m not entirely sure what I might do with it. There is an Australian spec-fic magazine that accepts stories up to 8k, so if it comes in under that I’m considering submitting it. I’m not trying to force it to be under a particular length, though. I can always publish it for 99c or something down the line.

wednesdaybannerSo, today being Wednesday, I also have to find a snippet to share with you. For those new around these parts, WIPpet Wednesday involves sharing an snippet of your current WIP that somehow relates to the date and link up here. Today I’m sharing 14 lines from the Unicorn Love Scrivener file. Aphrodite has just asked Lydia (who used to be Lexie, then became Alex for a while before I realised I didn’t want to two ‘A’ names, and is now Lydia) if she has considered what work opportunities she might find if she quits Cupid-ing. This is basically the crux of the plot.

Lydia fidgeted under Aphrodite’s gaze. She had considered that, and the answer was “there aren’t many.” At best, she might end up working in a dating agency, which wouldn’t be much better than where she was now. At worst, she’d have to take a job on a late-night sex hotline and the thought of that made her feel sick to her stomach. Still, she didn’t think she could stand another day in her current position.

She looked Aphrodite square in the face. “I still want to quit,” she said firmly.

Aphrodite sighed and then folded her hands in front of her. “All right,” she said, “I’ll make you a deal. Let me spend a week with you and see if I can change your mind. If I can persuade you that true love still exists in the modern world, then you will continue working for me as a cupid. If, however, you remain convinced that your elusive ‘unicorn love’ has become a fairy tale, then you can hand in your bow.”

Lydia thought about it for a minute while Aphrodite watched her expectantly. Finally, she asked, “How do I know you won’t rig it so that I stay on?”

“You have my word as a goddess.”

“Like that means much.” Lydia bit her lip. “All right, I accept your stupid deal. What choice have I got?”

A wide, lazy smile spread across Aphrodite’s face. “Indeed.”

It occurs to me that Aphrodite does kind of rig it, actually, but it works out okay for Lydia in the end, too, and that’s the main thing.

It is now 9:35 and I am yet to type up the stuff I hand wrote at work today, so I guess it’s time for me love you and leave you all. I’ll be back over the next few days to check in with you all. Much love.

~ Emily


20 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Update – Holy progress, Batman!

  1. Adrian says:

    I’m probably seeing something in this excerpt that isn’t really there, so I’ll shush until I have proof it’s there. But this is a great excerpt. It really makes me interested in the story and where it’s going from here. Great job on all your goals too!


  2. Elaine Jeremiah says:

    Great excerpt Emily! I love how Lydia is feeling jaded but Aphrodite won’t let her off the hook that easily. I like the way you’ve taken some well known Greek myths and played around with them to create your own story. Lovely! 🙂


  3. Ruth Nestvold says:

    Hee, your excerpt made me laugh out loud! Sounds like great fun. 🙂

    Congrats on all the words and the progress with the Createspace templates. Takes me a bit longer with my mob, er, I mean epic, novels … *g*


  4. ReGi McClain says:

    You know, I had a friend who actually did do the sex hotline thing out of desperation during college. He wasn’t much of a student and jobs for the neither-studious-nor-inclined-to-physical-labor were difficult to get at the time.

    I wonder what Aphrodite has up her sleeve for keeping Lydia around. I’m guessing it’s gotta be good. 🙂


    • Emily Witt says:

      Yeah, I believe it was fairly common form of paying your way through uni where I studied, too (especially since the laws regarding that and other related occupations are a lot more lenient in my state than others).

      Aphrodite may come across as vain and empty-headed, but she actually goes about this in a clever way, I have to say.

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  5. Pax Asteriae says:

    CreateSpace’s templates are pretty nice and quick, aren’t they? I enjoyed working with the interior files when I first used them. Cover files are the work of demons, however…

    I have a major soft spot for modern Greek myths, and this one looks so much fun… though I feel for Lydia already. “What choice have I got?” indeed…


  6. kathils says:

    Love this line, “At worst, she’d have to take a job on a late-night sex hotline and the thought of that made her feel sick to her stomach.” That one made me cringe and laugh out loud. I’m sure Aphrodite will rig things to work in her favor. Poor Lydia. I can only imagine what’s in store for her.

    Huge congrats on the goal progress!! Well done.


    • Emily Witt says:

      Thanks, John, I’m glad you enjoyed that line. I figured the Greek gods were never exactly known for sticking to their word…

      (also, apologies for this being such a belated response!)


  7. shanjeniah says:

    “You can hand in your bow/” Kinda like turning in a uniform….

    I’m in the laughing camp.

    And I love days when I wake up and my house is clean because my Accomplice got a cleaning urge.

    I hop you enjoyed.


    • Emily Witt says:

      I’m glad you said that; that’s pretty much what I was going for. 🙂

      The trouble in my house is that my Accomplice doesn’t feel the cleaning urge as strongly as I do… (which is to say he probably feels it about the right amount and I feel it excessively, but still!)

      Liked by 1 person

      • shanjeniah says:

        Yup. I know the feeling. Everyone else here can live in a level of clutter and discord that feels like it might smother me sometimes….especially about two days a month….

        But as the kids are getting older, it is improving…no all at once, and there are fits and starts, but it IS better. =)


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