#WIPpet Wednesday, #ROW80 and some questions

Hello, everyone. I have been wondering some things lately, and I would like your input.

My first question is to those of you who have self-published your novels. I’m wondering where you all got your lovely covers from. I know some of you have clever spouses who were able to do that for  you, and of that I’m rather jealous (though my other half does have editing qualifications so he’s not entirely useless, though before anyone says anything, no, he won’t be the only person I employ to that end). But for the rest of you, is there someone you would possibly recommend? Or, you know, do any of those clever spouses take commissions? I thought if I’m maybe looking to self-pub AMCF this year, I should actually start scoping this sort of thing now. It’s already the end of January, how is that even a thing?

My second question is actually also a “if I’m looking to publish sooner rather than later” question and it is: how early would you say is too early for a Facebook page? I’m one of those who uses her middle name as her surname on Facebook, and I actually pretty strictly adhere to only adding people I know in person as friends. I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up an author page for a while now, not necessarily to promote my writing, but to provide a place where I can engage with you lovely folks on that site, and using my full name without it necessarily being conflated with my personal account. But would that be weird at this point or something? I’m just not really sure…

row80-2Since I started at the end of my subject line, going on to the middle, I have a writing goals update. You know, we had a long weekend this weekend just past. I could have done so much writing. I didn’t. I did a bit of editing of AMCF, and I typed up a new scene I had previously handwritten, but that was about it. So I would probably only allow myself half an hour of writing so far this week. But that’s okay. Today is my Friday this week as I finished up with my current job and don’t start my new one until Monday. I finished up today because I’m spending the weekend in Sydney; my boyfriend, Edy, has been in Ethiopia teaching English since mid-December, and since he left for his trip before I got back from mine, I haven’t seen him since about the 4th of November last year. So I’m pretty psyched. So I’ve got the bus trip at least to Sydney, and three or four hours before he actually gets in. And that’s providing he gets in on time.

I did miss out on posting a Mirth and Music Monday post, but I blame that on it being a long weekend, and me therefore forgetting it was Monday. I’ll have to try and find double the amount of mirth and music to make up for it. I have two book reviews lined up for the next couple of alternate Fridays, and I finished reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere today, so I’ll write a review for that as well. The next thing I’ll be reading is Shah Warton‘s Finding Esta. Which reminds me, I need to actually put that on my Kindle.

wednesdaybannerOnto the more exciting part of every Wednesday post: WIPpet Wednesday! I have this habit of sharing Operation: Sugarplum with you for a couple of weeks and you get all excited, and then I go back to A More Complicated Fairytale for weeks and weeks again. And… this week is no different. 😛 My WIPpet maths goes as follows: 2 + 9 (for the day) = 11 – 1 (for the month) = 10 lines. It was going to be from page 29, but nothing overly interesting happens on page 29. Well, there is a wedding, but it’s sort of observed from a distance, and I like the bit I’ve chosen more. As I think most people are aware by now, Prince Felipe actually spends a large amount of the story married to a princess from a neighbouring kingdom, because he’s a good boy and marries the woman his father tells him to. (Don’t worry, he gets to be with Cait eventually!) This scene is just after their wedding.

Now the prince and princess were off on their honeymoon, though the destination had been kept a secret. Speculation was rife; had they gone to Aufaron to visit Princess Maria’s family as man and wife, or would they have ventured north to the beaches of Brelallan? Perhaps it would be west to the rainforest and bungalows of Koamwen? Though the newspapers continued to debate the issue for at least a week, the truth was no one actually knew. The newlyweds had left the palace under cover of darkness, and even though many papers claimed to have had someone keeping look-out, every one of these look-outs seemed to have seen something different.

You can join in on WIPpet Wednesday at the linky here. Just post an excerpt from your WIP that somehow correlates to the day’s date. A Round of Words in 80 Days is hosted by Kait Nolan here.

And I’m going to leave it there, because this post has taken me far longer to type up than it should have, and now I have a bit of headache from staring at the screen and should go do something else. I’ll catch you all tomorrow!


#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Update – In which we get a little bit meta

wednesdaybannerHello! It’s Wednesday and I’m so determined for my WIPpet Wednesday post to go up on time this week that I started writing it last night. Since I posted late and missed the linky, some of you might have missed the news that I figured out a lot of stuff in Operation: Nutcracker and have been working on it again! There is still a lot that needs working out, but I feel like I’m getting somewhere with it again and it’s been really exciting visiting Max and Clara again. Though I did have a moment while I had my Nutcracker on Ice DVD on (my neighbours were blaring techno all weekend, so I figured blaring Tchaikovsky back at them was only fair) and I realised I kept referring to the Nutcracker Prince in that as Max. So that’s a thing.

Anyway, for this week’s WIPpet, I have four lines (2 + 2 for the 22nd of January). I didn’t even actually think about what I was writing when I wrote this, and it wasn’t until I sat back and read it and went, “Wait…”

“So now everyone is waiting for their long lost Prince to return home and save them,” Clara summarised, though Max heard the skepticism still in her voice. “I can’t decide whether your life is the plot of a fantasy novel or a Disney movie.”

“Disney movie, definitely,” Max declared seriously.

Silly Max. If only you knew.

Also, on the subject of meta, I found out a thing the other day and it kind of broke my brain a little. The actress who plays Cait in my dream AMCF cast was in a workshop for a musical version of the movie Ever After: A Cinderella Story. Which might seem like not too major a thing, until I add that the character of Prince Felipe is very, very inspired by the character of Prince Henry in that very movie. So I had a bit of a moment then, though now that I’ve written it down, it’s probably not as mind-blowing for anyone else as it was for me. 😛

row80-2As for writing goals, well, I wrote about a page and a half of Operation Sugarplum on my breaks at work on Monday. When added up, said breaks work out at about an hour. Today I took my print out of the current version of AMCF in with me and have really started working on the edits and the Post-It-Noting. I have green ones for where entire scenes need to be moved or changed, orange ones for timeline-related stuff because I’m reasonably sure my timeline isn’t entirely straight, and pink ones for random little changes, including spelling/grammar/”is this even a sentence?!” issues. Though a lot of those are just being written straight in, in pink pen. So that’s my two hours for the week up already, and I plan on doing more editing this evening if I have some time.

I’ve also met my blogging schedule for the last couple of weeks, so that’s pretty awesome.

If you would like to join in on WIPpet Wednesday, simply post an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow correlates to the date (we encourage creativity with the dates) and then link up with us here and check out others’ offerings. As always, thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting us. 🙂 If you are more into the A Round of Words in 80 Days, check it out here.

On that note, I’m going to sign off and go back to drinking the tea I bought from the actual Twinings shop in London and listening to an album of the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir singing Christmas carols and pretending I’m back there for the Christmas concert I attended. Catch you all later. 🙂


#WIPpet Wednesday: Ah! Cold hands, plus a writing update

I’d written a long, rambly paragraph about how I didn’t really know what to do for A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) this round, what with only having four weeks before I go overseas, and NaNoWriMo coming up, and all that sort of thing… then I concluded it might just be easiest to not actually officially participate in this round. I have a few things to work out with regards to upcoming writing projects, but let’s face it, the second I leave the country I’m going to be completely neglecting everything for seven weeks. Of course, if I happen to write something check-in-y and it happens to be check-in day, I’ll link it up, but I’m not going to stress about it. On that note, just to touch base, here are some bullet points to update you on my current writing projects. (If you’re really just here for the WIPpet, please feel free to scroll down to the end; I do tend to go on a bit)

  • A More Complicated Fairytale is still with beta readers. I had an epiphany about one aspect of the plot the other night (specifically the “Cait sure forgets about Guy quickly once he’s dead” thing that has always irked me a bit, but I hadn’t figured out how to fix it until now). I am making sure I write down everything like this, but am trying to convince myself to wait until after my trip to start a new draft. I should be working on my NaNo stories more at the moment, anyway.
  • On the subject of ACMF, I plan on printing out draft 2.5 (the one where I’ve gone through and made my own changes whilst others have also been reading it) and post-it noting things that need to be changed. I’m also planning on going through and highlighting every reference to time passing and then working out whether the timeline actually makes sense. Kate Frost pointed out one spot in particular where something supposedly happens earlier than it should, but too much time has actually passed and it probably happens right on time or possibly even late. Which, y’know, is a problem.
  • I have some betaing still to do for others as well. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson, recently: don’t volunteer to do more than one beta project at a time. I kept getting distracted and putting it off, and I’m sure people are waiting on me.
  • I have plotted possibly the first… two(?) chapters of each of my NaNo stories (you may remember, I’ve decided to rebel and do two 25k stories). One is an AMCF companion/sequel focusing on Ginny, Cait’s sister. The other is a kind of creepy, Stephen King-style story, though as yet, none of the characters have appeared to me, which is a problem, because usually characters come first for me, or at least at the same time as the plot. And I don’t have much of the plot yet, either. So. They still require some brainstorming. My writing group is planning a couple of plotting evenings, in the coming weeks, so that should be helpful.
  • Operation: Sugarplum is… still moving along at a snail’s pace. I got a bit angsty about it recently, because my friends and I watched Sydney White, which is a modern day Snow White set at an American college and with seven dorks instead of dwarves and an evil Sorority President instead of step-mother. At the end, they hack Sydney’s Apple computer (possibly with a virus called “poison” or something; they got a “poison apple” reference in there) the night before she has two major events that she was preparing for. She pulls an all-nighter, falls asleep in the library, and Tyler Prince, the sexy guy from the fraternity up the road, has to kiss her to wake her up. And I was all, “That’s really clever! I’m not this clever!” Sigh… This may be the story that gets shelved for months at a time and pulled out and worked on in small chunks whenever other things are giving me grief

Having said that, though, today’s WIPpet is from Operation: Sugarplum. This scene (9 lines for the 9th of October) takes place after last week’s, in which Clara threw one of her boots at the giant rat-creature-thing (note to self: have Clara call them giant rat-creature-things at some point). It turned on her, but that has given Max the opportunity to regain the upper hand.

Max had seen Clara throw her boot out of the corner of one eye, and had inwardly cheered when it found its mark. Now he only had one rat to deal with, and it was distracted.

He got to his feet and held the sword aloft, jogging towards the rat. It began turning back to face him just as he reached it and its eyes widened as it began forming another orb. It didn’t have enough time to do anything with it, though, as Max plunged the sword into its heart. Its eyes bulged and then as Max withdrew his sword, its body crumpled to the ground.

Max poked its cloak; there was no body underneath. He wasn’t sure where it had gone, but for now he had other concerns…

That’s right, Max, go see to your girl. She’s had a long night.

If you would like to join us for WIPpet Wednesday, simply post an excerpt from your current WIP that somehow relates to the date (eg. 9 lines for October 9, though you can make it as complex as you like). Then post the link here and check out what others have to offer. Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. 🙂

Once again, I have left it until late to actually write this post, and it is now 10:30. So much for trying to get to bed earlier this week! (It’s failed every night so far). I shall love you and leave you all, and catch your WIPpets tomorrow or Friday. ♥

P.S. It occurs to me upon re-reading this WIPpet that Max doesn’t seem particularly perturbed that his girlfriend has been hurt and knocked out by a creature that’s after him. Let the record show this has been noted and will be dealt with later.

#ROW80 Check-in: Yay, feedback! and #WIPPet Wednesday: “We would’ve believed you!”


Upon posting this post, WordPress informed me this is my 150th. Yay me! *passes around the champagne*

The other night I was doing some work on AMCF and I got to one of my very favourite scenes (for those who are reading it, it’s the scene in the restaurant). I read through it and didn’t make a single change… and that was when I thought to myself, “It’s a good thing I have beta readers.” I am discovering things I had forgotten, too, like the fact that I was already halfway through this draft when I got around to giving Cait’s mother a name – so I had to go through the first few chapters and figure out which “Her mother”s should be changed. I also had a minor character whose stage name was “Lorenzo the Magnificent”… which I completely by accident discovered was how Lorenzo de’Medici came to be known, so I promptly changed him to “Alfonso”, which I feel gives the same effect, but as far as I know doesn’t reference any Florentine noblemen of times gone by.

I got my first bit of feedback in my email today (thanks again, Shan!), and have spent most of the night reading through it, which is why it is already 10:20 and I’m only up to this part of this post. Reading the comments is much less scary than I initially expected, and even on the bits which I love don’t want to change, I tend to end up saying “… that is a very good point you make,” whilst pouting at it. And then there are other bits where I’m like, “Dude, that is the best idea ever! Why didn’t I think of that?!” And there are other bits again where the comments confirmed the mixed feelings I already had about particular scenes, and make me all the more determined to make it work better. I want to dive into those parts already, but I am convincing myself to wait until I have heard back from a few more people and consolidate the comments from at least a few of them. I sent it to eight people, I think, and I know a few aren’t going to be able to get to it until later in the month/early October, so I’m telling myself to be patient.

I’ve also decided on one plot I’m going to use for NaNoWriMo, which is exciting. If my writer’s group meets up again this Sunday (which I think is the current plan), I’m going to bounce some ideas off them. I have the premise and a vague idea of where the story needs to go, but no idea about the resolution at the moment. So that’s quite exciting.

And now I’d best get onto WIPpet Wednesday, since it continues to get later and I continue to write this post at a snail’s pace. WIPpet Wednesday is where a bunch of writers come together and share something from their current Work In Progress that somehow relates to the date. The linky is here, feel free to join in! As always, thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. Today is the 18th of September, so I’m flipping those two numbers around to get to Page 81, and then adding the two digits,  together to give you nine lines. Also, look I made a banner! Sure, it’s just a screencap from Phantom of the Opera, but on my whole AMCF Pinterest board, it is the picture I feel is most representative of Cait and Felipe (even if by the time they’re at that stage of the relationship, Felipe’s leg injury would prevent any scooping up of Cait and swinging her about. Knowing Cait, she’d probably see this as a good thing).

Anyways. It’s no wonder this post is taking so long to write when I keep rambling like that. This scene takes place just after it’s become reasonably common knowledge in the war hospital that Cait and Felipe are friends, and that she’s the woman there were all the rumours about.

amcfbanner “Why did you never tell us you were the prince’s friend?” Hattie asked, “I’ll admit, even Meg and I thought it a bit strange the way you were always asking about him.”

“I became quite used to rumours spreading about me,” Cait replied, “and besides, most people wouldn’t have believed me anyway, had I said that mine and the prince’s meetings were simply borne out of friendship.”

“I would have!” Hattie exclaimed, sounding affronted, “and I’m sure Meg would have as well!”

All right! That is posted, and it’s now past 11pm, so I should consider going to bed. At least I had dinner and showered and things at reasonable times so that I could then just sit on the computer until bedtime. I shall try to get around to as many of your posts as I can tomorrow night, and will try and catch the rest of you on Saturday (Friday is out, as I have a free ticket to the local production of Footloose, which should be fun! I shall see you all then!


#WIPpet Wednesday and #ROW80 Check-in: Yes, I sort of dropped off there for a bit.

I know, I know, I kind of vanished after last Wednesday’s post. I wish I could say it was because I was busily writing and forgot to blog, but actually I was just being lazy. Well, Saturday I had a full day, starting with voting in our Federal election, then off to an art gallery in the afternoon and then a friend’s house-warming in the evening. But Sunday I was just lazy. I was also lazy for most of last week and didn’t do anymore writing or editing. I was still reading the Bartimaeus trilogy at that point, though. Luckily, I have finished it now (still dealing with how it ended, though; it took me completely by surprise!), so I don’t have it to distract me. I did finally get back to my editing AMCF tonight, though it took me a while to remember where I’d edited up to, since my file had decided not to save the marker I’ve been putting in the file where I stop. So I sort of ended up casting my eyes over what I’d already been through as well, which is not a bad thing, but means I’m probably not as far along as I might be.

I have sent the MSS out to a few betas and have a couple more lined up (Kate F and Eden, I will probably send it to you guys tomorrow evening). I did have a bit of an “Ahh! What am I doing sending this to people and letting them read it?!” moment the other day, but I am getting past that.

So for today’s WIPpet, I am going back to ACMF. Today is the 11th of September, so I have 11 lines to share. This scene takes place just after Cait has been appointed as Felipe’s full-time carer in the hospital, and is having a chat with the doctor who is also looking after him.

“I must warn you, though,” Doctor Raymond said when they had finished going through all the medical details, “he is already bored and complaining of a lack of fresh air in his room. In a few more days, it should be all right to move him. If I’m not to be found, ask some of the other doctors to help him into a wheelchair for you. A turn about the gardens might keep him quiet for a while.”

Cait suppressed a smile. “Have no fear, doctor,” she said. “I am quite capable of handling the prince’s whining.”

“Good girl. Well, that is all you need to hear from me. You may start these new duties immediately.”

“Thank you, doctor.”

Under other circumstances, I might make an attempt to talk a bit more in this post, but it is already 9:30 and I had an interrupted night’s sleep last night, so I should consider going for a shower and to bed. I’ll get to your WIPpets as soon as I can! You can join in the WIPpet fun here (thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting) or visit other ROWers here.  🙂


#ROW80 Check-in and #WIPpet Wednesday Post


Hiho! Confession: I’m not really in the mood for writing a blog post tonight, but I would never miss a WIPpet Wednesday, so this will be quick. Today is Wednesday September 4, so it’s time for me to share an excerpt from my WIP, which somehow relates to the date. I have four paragraphs from Operation: Sugarplum. It’s kind of a placeholder scene, since I haven’t completely finished the preceding scene, but it’s following roughly what needs to happen. This follows on from the last couple of weeks’ WIPpet posts.

When the monster* was gone, Max stood up slowly and looked over to Clara. She was lying against the garden wall that ran around her house, her eyes closed. One of her arms was bleeding; that must have been where the magic had hit her. He jogged quickly to her and squatted down next to her, pulling her into a sitting position.

“Hey,” he said quietly, moving one of his hands to support Clara’s head. “Hey, can you hear me?”

Clara half-opened her eyes and squinted at Max, trying to focus on him but not quite succeeding. “Hurts,” she mumbled, wincing and squeezing her eyes closed again.

“Okay, time to get you inside.”

*Monster is  not actually the word used here, but I don’t want to give away too much about the nature of said monster.

I haven’t done a great deal of writing this week, instead cheating slightly by using my two hours’ writing time this week to start going through AMCF and editing. I didn’t realise I was missing Cait and Felipe until I started spending time with them again. And it’s always fun going back to the beginning when the ending is so fresh in your mind.I’ve also sent it off to a few betas, so it’ll be good to get some feedback from them. The friend who read the very first draft is currently moving house, so I haven’t sent it to her yet, even though she said she’d be interested in reading the second draft. Her house-warming is this Saturday, so I figured I would broach the subject with her then.  Unless I write some more on Operation: Sugarplum this week, though, WIPpets may go back to AMCF for a little while. Oh, and if anyone else would be interested in betaing, it’s not too late to send me an email. fuzzyagent999[at]yahoo[dot]com[au] is my address.

Also, my boyfriend and I started a new writing project together this week, inspired by P.S. Longer Letter Later by Ann M Martin and Paula Danziger.  We have a notebook in which we are writing letters to one another, him in the guise of a Year 10 student named Reuben looking to do a work experience week with the local community theatre, and me doing the voice of Hillary, the outreach coordinator of said theatre. Reuben is rather over-enthusiastic and wants to do EVERYTHING (his words), and Hillary is trying to remain business-like whilst getting the kid to actually make some sort of decision about what he wants to do. We’ve only just started, there are two letters from Reuben and one from Hillary. I have the book with me at the moment to write the next one. So I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Anyway, it’s taken me way too long to write this post, so I’m going to finish up here, go and read the WIPpets that have already been posted, and then go and read in bed for a while. I’m onto the third book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud now. I pulled the physical copy off my shelf and it fell apart in my hands, so I’m really quite relieved that it’s available for Kindle! As is the prequel to the series, which I did not have a copy of. (What’s that? I was trying to avoid Kindle purchases until I’d read most of the books on my shelf? Yes. Well. Look, over there – a distraction!). I messaged the friend I had borrowed it from, and he said it was a second-hand copy when he got it, so he doubts it was my fault, which is rather a relief. Anyway. Yes. Going. Goodnight!


#ROW80 Check-in: Accidental new WIP and #WIPpet Wednesday – Wait, what?!

So I was thinking. I had said I was going to do a quick line-edit-type-of-thing on A More Complicated Fairytale before I sent the second draft out to beta readers. But I also needed a break form that story, and I am working on Operation Sugarplum and Keep Your Enemies Closest at the moment, so… instead of just having it sit there, I figured the second draft might as well be being read over by people and getting some feedback. It’s about 37k if memory serves, and WIPpet Wednesday excerpts can be read here if you’d like an idea of the type of story it is (to sum up, for those not familiar with it, it is a quasi-Regency/Victorian setting and there is an outspoken heroine and a war and a dashing prince and drama and romance!). Either let me know here, or send me an email at fuzzyagent999[@]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au. If you aren’t interested/haven’t the time/whatever else, but know someone who might be, please feel free to share this post/my email address/whatnot.

In other news… this is a thing that happened on Monday night:

newwipoopsrow80-2So. Um. Yes. Annoyingly, I can’t really even use it for WIPpet Wednesday posts, since that would get confusing when I’m regularly posting sections on Saturdays. But that’s okay. I spent all three of my breaks (morning/afternoon tea and lunch) on Monday writing new stuff for it. I also realised that the section I’d written last year, I had written before the further world-building I did  in which I discovered all Mireille’s people are all born with magical abilities was done. So I’ve gone through and edited some references to magic in.

A couple of people in my writer’s group have stories that they serialise, and post as they go, pretty much, and it’s interesting hearing them say that one of the perils/thrills of doing it that way is having to live with what you’ve already posted, even if it doesn’t work with something you come up with later. I’m actually planning on cheating a bit with mine. This Saturday will start a few lines before the end of last Saturday’s post, but with an amendment that gives a bit more depth to the end of that scene. My blog may have over 120 followers, supposedly, but I’m fairly certain only maybe 20 of those actually read it regularly, and I think they’ll forgive me. 🙂 Obviously, if something three posts ago affects what I’m writing now, I’ll try and work  with it, but… well, we’ll see how it goes. I was thinking that maybe when it’s finished, I’ll put the whole thing into a PDF and just have it a link on my Writing Projects page, with full disclaimers of it being a bit inconsistent and all.

wednesdaybannerBut on to WIPpet Wednesday! Want to play along? Simply post an excerpt from a WIP, or write the opening of a new one, that somehow corresponds to the days date. This might be as simple as 28 lines (maybe from Chapter 8) for August 28, or you could get more creative and throw in some more complicated operations and such. The linky is here and as always, it’s thank you to K. L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for hosting.

I’m adding 2 and 8 together today to give you 10 lines, because I don’t actually have a huge amount of Operation: Sugarplum to pick from at the moment (kind of stuck on a fight scene where I don’t know how I want it to play out). This scene is not long after last week’s, in which Clara was being followed on her way home from uni. She’s been caught by a creature with long claws and bad breath, who wants to know where “the Prince” is. Clara is trying to insist she doesn’t know any princes when Max (her boyfriend in this newer version, if you remember) shows up, and the creature is all, “Your Highness, so nice to see you.” Or words to that effect.

Wait – Max was the prince the creature had asked about? Under other circumstances, Clara might have laughed at the suggestion. She had known Max a long time and while she loved him to bits, of course, “princely” was hardly a word she would use to describe him. “Adorkable” (with the additional ‘k’) was usually what she went for. It summed up everything she liked about him, but also gave a sense of how he’d been known to cancel a pre-arranged date night to sit in his room and continue work on the app he was building. Afterwards, he’d given her a big, doe-eyed expression, handed her his phone and told her she could be the first one to play the new level, and she found she couldn’t stay mad at him for long.

Right now, however, Max didn’t seem at all surprised to be addressed with the royal title, and was making his way determinedly towards Clara and her captor.

“Let her go,” he said, his voice raised. “It’s me you want.”

In my head(/on my Pinterest board), Max looks like Josh Groban in fetching suits and scarves and things. I wouldn’t be able to stay mad at him after getting doe-eyed expressions either.

And now I must leave you, as I hope to get up early enough in the morning to ride my bike to work. I have a writer’s group gathering tomorrow evening, so hopefully I’ll get my other hour of writing in for the week. I might bounce some ideas off people for that fight scene I said I was stuck with. So it might be Friday before I get around to your posts, but I will see you then! Cheers!


#WIPpet Wednesday – Meeting the parents, and #ROW80 Update – Second draft almost there!

It’s WIPpet Wednesday!


And I made a new banner, because I was bored of my old one. I’m getting creative with my WIPpet maths today, because I don’t like sharing long excerpts. AMCF is really my only project at the moment (until I sit down and figure out how to go about the rest of Operation: Sugarplum) and it isn’t a long story to begin with (the second draft will come in around 35k), so I don’t want to give too much away. Today is the 31st and 3+1=4, so here are four paragraphs that I wrote over the weekend.

“You look stunning,” he said, kissing her hand again as she met him at the top of the stairs.

Cait blushed. “I wish I’d had longer to find something appropriate to wear.”

“You know you could turn up here wearing a potato sack and I’d still be pleased to see you.”

“It’s not you I’m worried about impressing.”

Meeting your beloved’s parents for the first time is always a bit nerve-wracking, but spare a thought for Cait, whose future in-laws are the King and Queen (and from what she can gather, the King doesn’t entirely approve). This is not a situation she ever expected to be in, and no amount of assurance from Felipe is really going to allay her nerves.

If you would like to join in on the WIPpet fun (and we love newbies!), just post an excerpt from your current WIP, or the opening of what may become a new one, that somehow relates to the date. For today, the 31st of July, you might post something as simple as 31 sentences from Chapter 7, or just 31 lines, or 7 paragraphs, or do something like what I did and get creative with it. I can assure you the WIPpet Police are pretty lenient. Then link up with us here and check out what others have shared. As always, many thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting.

So how have I done with the writing so far this week? Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen this tweet I posted on Monday night:


And I’m on track for that. On Monday night I typed up what I had handwritten over the weekend. I also had to fix some formatting issues that occurred transferring the “Word document” from my tablet to my laptop, but I discovered opening the file in Wordpad rather than Word first seemed to fix that. Remember Wordpad? Yeah, me neither, til I had to. I wasn’t even sure it would be on newer computers, but apparently it’s still there. By the time I went to bed on Monday, all the pieces were in Scrivener, it was just that some of the scenes need finishing. I went through and made note of these scenes on the cork-board view, then I started going over them last night. In terms of number of words written, it probably wasn’t that many, but there was plenty of figuring out exactly how to finish scenes up, or how to add in an important tidbit that I wanted in particular place.

row80-2On the train on the way home from my parents’ place on Sunday, I finally got around to working out a timeline for the whole story. I downloaded a timeline app months ago for this express purpose, but it’s just sat around until now. You’d think I’d have figured my timeline out before the end of the second draft, but no; it’s sort of hovered around but I hadn’t gotten down to it. It’s only rough, since I just tied everything to months rather than specific days, but it’s good enough that I can look at it and say, “Okay, yes, there’s only three months between those two events, I seem to have said two months here and six months here.”

Once I have my second draft, I’m going to compile it into a Word document so I can track changes and make sure I have things like the timeline straight. I also need to be consistent with things like “the prince” versus “the Prince”, and also my dialogue punctuation (as much as incorrectly punctuated dialogue in others’ work upsets me, I know mine isn’t perfect, either). And Cait’s mother finally has a name as of last Saturday (had to brainstorm with my own mum to come up with something I liked). so that should probably be introduced sometime before the final chapter, which is where it is at the moment.

In between working on that, I might hopefully get around to doing some more work on my other goals, namely outlining Operation: Sugarplum and Friend of the Enemy.  If you read my ROW80 sponsor post, Friend of the Enemy is the epic fantasy saga that is amazing in my head, but which I can’t get down on paper. Finishing the outline may or may not help with that, but it will get me one step closer. I may try and do some flash fiction for it for WIPpet Wednesdays, so that I’m not always trying to find non-spoilery bits from AMCF.  It’s possible that I just need to get a first draft down and then I can work on fixing it. I did write about 20k on it for June Camp NaNoWriMo last year, but I’ve changed a lot of it since then, so I’m not sure how much still applies.

Anyway, this post kind of got away with me! I shall leave you now while you still have some time to go visit other blogs. Tata!


#ROW80 Update: Ehhh….

row80In theory I got all my writing time up this week. The fact that an hour and a half of the two hours only resulted in a bit over 500 words does kind of detract from that… I’ve been trying to write a difficult scene (remember  how I was getting around writing Felipe’s POV by writing him from the POV of others in the scene? Hard to do that when him and his father are the only characters there…), but I’m thinking it might not actually be necessary to have it in there. It’s the sort of thing that Felipe could just briefly recount to Cait later.

At least I don’t have the issue my friend Sam is currently trying to get around, which is that he is is serialising his current WIP on Wattpad, so he has to make these sorts of decisions pretty quickly because he can’t afford to get behind. I can take as long as I like!

As for this coming week, I’m going to be honest, it’s unlikely I’m going to get much done. There’s currently an Impro festival happening in Canberra, so I have tickets to shows both tonight and tomorrow night. Then on Wednesday, I’m heading home for the rest of the week, and while I always say I’m going to get stuff done when I’m travelling, we all know that very rarely ends up being the case. So I might not even be around for WIPpet Wednesday (devastating!) but I’ll see how I go.

Speaking of which, I’m thinking of changing up my blogging schedule a bit. At the moment, it’s essentially Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and then nothing for four days. So I’m thinking of combining my Sunday ROW80 Check-in and Music and Mirth Monday posts into one, which I can type up on Sunday but schedule for early Monday… then WIPpet Wednesday and ROW80 on Wednesday and then Friday/Saturday can be a wild card post day for whatever I feel like talking about.

Anyways, that’s about it from me. I might see you Wednesday, or otherwise next week. 🙂

~ Emily

#ROW80 Update and #WIPpet Wednesday: First day out

So far this week I’ve only worked on my writing for half an hour. I’ve powered through editing of A More Complicated Fairytale and am now at another point where I need to write a bit of new material to link up various scenes at the end. I did sketch out which scenes need to be done the other day, so now it’s just a case of not being a lazybones. And avoiding people at work who insist on asking me what I’m writing (like it’s changed since last time?). I’ve kinda sucked at my sponsor duties for Sunday’s round of check-ins, I probably only made it to about half of them. I kept saying I would get to it, and now Wednesday has snuck up on me! I will endeavour to visit the people I missed for this check-in, though. That is what I did when I missed someone before, and it made me feel better.

Anyhoo, onto WIPpet Wednesday funtimes! I’ve got 17 lines for you this week (today being the 17th) but we’re going much earlier on in the story than we’ve been for the past few weeks. Prince Felipe has only recently been admitted to the hospital, and due to the nature of his injuries, hasn’t been allowed to move about much at all. Finally, though, he’s told he can go out in a wheelchair and get some fresh air. This dialogue takes place the first time they go outside.

“So, Cait, how many proposals of marriage have you received since you’ve been here?”

“I beg your pardon?”

“I know what these are men would be like, Cait. You’re a pretty girl and they don’t see any girls, pretty or otherwise, until they end up here.”

Cait laughed. “To date, I have received no marriage proposals,” she informed him, “but the outrageously flirtatious remarks already number in the thousands, I expect.”

Felipe laughed at this, but then cringed and placed a hand on the wound on his side. “Well, I’d be disappointed to hear anything less,” he said.

“Are you all right?” Cait asked, her smile disappearing and concern taking its place. Judging by the expression on the prince’s face, the wound was still smarting.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I just have to remember to remain completely serious at all times until this damn thing is healed.” He paused and glanced up at Cait, and then added, “Please forgive my language.

“I’ve heard a lot worse in my time here.”

By this time they had reached the gardens and Cait maneuvered the prince’s chair next to a bench where she could sit down herself. She and some of the other nurses often brought their patients from the convalescent wards to this spot. Under other circumstances, it might have been considered romantic, but to the soldiers it was simply a respite from the sights, sounds and smells of the wards.

Maybe it’s just me, but I actually really like the idea of an injured hero who has to rely on other people to get his stuff done for him (if I do say so myself). Good thing he’s a prince, and there are plenty of those people about. 🙂

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I’m not going to hang around too much tonight, because I am really sleepy. My cat decided it would be a good idea to wake me up at some ungodly hour this morning by standing on my chest and licking my face, and while I initially thought I was going to be fine making it through the day in spite of the broken sleep, but I got to about 3pm and started nodding off on my keyboard… Also, I am quite full of epic Ethiopian food because it’s payday and that means payday dinner with the boyfriend, but a full tummy just compounds the sleepiness. I am tortured by the question of whether to start the Doctor Who novel I won a while ago, or the ebook I bought with the steampunk version of my city (even if it is set about 30 years before my city actually existed by name). Actually, I should just finish last month’s Doctor Who short story before this month’s comes out next week. Sigh. I’ll figure something out. Goodnight, my lovelies.

~ Emily