#WIPpet Wednesday – You look like you’ve seen a ghost – and #WWW Wednesday

wippetwednesdayMy daily writing practice continues to be going well, though today I did have to sneak in an extra five minutes at lunch to get my page written, because I accidentally got chatting about politicians. And I’ve also managed to finally stick my head down and my bottom up with regards to uni work. Which is to say, I managed nearly three solid hours of it last night, and will hopefully do the same tonight.

But for now, it’s WIPpet Wednesday. This is a blog hope wherein writers post excerpts of their WIPs that somehow relate to the date. You are welcome to join in, too, and see what other people have posted here. Today is the 22/7, so I’ve added 2+2+7 and have eleven lines for you. This takes place a little later in the seance, and it’s Madame Dorenia speaking the first line.

“What do you see?”

Grace didn’t reply. Her gaze was fixed on the translucent figure by the door. He was leaning on the door frame, an easy smile on his face as he calmly gazed back at Grace. He was older than she ever saw him. At some point, he had started balding, and there was visible stubble on his chin.

“Hello, Frederick,” Grace said quietly.

“Hello, Grace.”

“Why are you here?”

“Haven’t the slightest, though I imagine you had something to do with it.”

“Me?”

“Your magic flowing through a circle of people all hoping to see a ghost. Seems you’re the only who can, though. They’re all looking at you like you’re mad.”

Awkward.

wwwwednesdaySadly, uni work (or at least, staring at my computer and contemplating uni work) has meant that I haven’t had quite as much time as I would like for reading. In spite of that, here is WWW Wednesday, in which we answer 3 W questions about our reading habits over the past week. This one is hosted by Sam, over at A World of Words.

  • What are you currently reading?

I started Dorothy Must Die this afternoon. I had it from the library a while ago, but got it into my head that it wouldn’t be that great, even though it sounded interesting. I started reading the sample at the bus stop after work, and ended up getting off the bus at the library to see if there was a copy on the shelves. And there was! I’m less that 10 pages in, and I’m already rooting for the main character and wanting her to kick ass.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished A Cold Legacy on the bus this morning. I really loved this series and recommend it. Be warned, though, it is not for the faint-hearted. It is violent, bloody, contains detailed descriptions of medical procedures and lots of people die. But the ending really got me emotional. There were some things that I got a bit confused by (a character can’t take after a character she’s not related to? Even if the taking after is in terms of personality?) but overall it was fantastic.

I also finished The Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 last week. There were definitely some laugh-out-loud lines where I thought, “Yep, that is exactly how a male teenage mind works”, though I still sort of felt he was a bit over the top. My partner has several of the other books in the series, but while I can deal with a teenage character bemoaning the fact that the world doesn’t understand him, I’m not sure I could put up with it from an adult, even if it’s the same character as an adult.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I put a few things on hold at the library yesterday, so I hope they’ll be ready to pick up soon. In case you didn’t see my post on Monday, it’s my birthday this Sunday, so I’m going to spend three days at a health and well-being retreat. Not that I necessarily need it (though things have been stressful lately), but I wanted to treat myself. So I want to have lots of good reading material. I’ve got Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund and Crewel by Gennifer Albin all to look forward to, but no idea which one I’ll start first. There were a few others that I was keen to get, but they’re currently checked out to other people, so I’ve left them for now.

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28 thoughts on “#WIPpet Wednesday – You look like you’ve seen a ghost – and #WWW Wednesday

    • Emily Witt says:

      Frederick showed up in a few previous snippets – here and here. Him and Grace have a long history including an affair, though he’s been dead for ninety years or so, and Grace is immortal ever since an unfortunate incident in the 1930s. I’m yet to decide whether Grace is definitely the only one who can see him, or if he’s going to show himself to other people.

      I know what you mean about series! Not to mention, I’ll often get the first book in a series from the library, but then they won’t have the rest, so I have to wait until I get paid and whatnot, and that can be torturous if it’s a really good one!

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      • Claire | Art and Soul says:

        I’m even more intrigued now! Off to read the other snippets…
        I have the same experience with my library. It can take forever for something to arrive on order and, as you say, there’s never enough money to be buying ALL the books.

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  1. Sam says:

    That’s so great that you were so moved by a book you went straight to the library! I’m jealous. Enjoy your retreat and happy early birthday. Happy reading and thanks for participating in WWW Wednesday!

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    • Emily Witt says:

      The quality of the writing really surprised me. The back cover text made me think the main character was going to be a bit Mary Sue-ish and unlikable, but she is in fact, quite the opposite!

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  2. L. Marie says:

    Ha! Awkward is right! Poor Grace! Such a fun excerpt!
    I read For Darkness Shows the Stars awhile ago. I was intrigued at the notion of a retelling of Austen’s Persuasion.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      I… totally missed the bit at the bottom where it said it was an adaptation of Persuasion, but you are totally right. I’m not as familiar with it as with Austen’s other works, but its nice to see some of the others getting attention. How many P&P retellings are there?

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    • Emily Witt says:

      He is mostly solid enough, though he has been doing some floating through walls as well. I had an argument with him last week where I had to persuade him to not be as much of a smug jerk as he wanted to be. I won in the end, just.

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  3. Amy says:

    Talk about awkward! I wonder why she’s the only one who can see him. He sounds like he’s enjoying the fact that everyone is looking at her like she’s mad.

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    • Emily Witt says:

      He can be a bit too smug for his own good sometimes .In a later scene, I had a bit of an argument with him because he wanted to be more of a jerk than I was willing to let him be.

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  4. shanjeniah says:

    I love that the medium’s fake, but Grace sees a ghost, anyway – and not just your garden-variety ghost, but Frederick….

    Enjoy your birthday! Mine’s next Wednesday, and the kids and I leave to go camping on Thursday, so I’ll probably be packing and loading up the car…

    But I hereby decree I will watch at least one episode of Enterprise! =D

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  5. ReGi McClain says:

    Ha! That’s awesome. A ghost actually shows up and only one person can see him and it’s NOT the medium. Nice. 😀 And I love that Fredrick has aged. That’s a nice touch. So often, stories leave out the aging process.

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  6. Cindy Scott says:

    First off, I am going to join in a WWW, because I have seen it around your blog and a few others and think it’s a great way to mini blog about the books I read. So thank you for convincing me.

    Second, I am intrigued by Frederick and definitely want to know more. He seems like a fun character.

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