#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.