Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…
Last week, I tried something new, but apparently my fellow WIPpeteers were a busy bunch, and almost no one stopped by, so I’m repeating this week (and might do this all month).
Just before September started, I learned that the fine folks over at Story a Day, where I play every May, are doing it all again this month. Now, I’m using an elderly laptop, and there’s lots going on in my world – but you know that intransigent inter-species duo in my head wasn’t about to wait any longer to tell more of their stories, once they saw an opening…
But, with a story each day, it’s hard to choose which to share from..
So here’s what I decided to do. I’m sharing the first paragraph of each of this week’s stories, up to today’s.. Read one, read all, pick and choose…
If any of them speak to you, let me know in the comments. I’m offering an incentive you can read more about after the snippets.
And, as always, the disclaimer.
I don’t own these characters or their franchise. Trip and T’Pol apparently have ownership interest in my imagination, though, and they will not stop feeding me stories…not that I’m complaining…
There may or may not be spoilers for all kinds of things here. You’ve been warned!
WIPpet Sorta- Math:
- Today is September 16, 2015.
- One opening paragraph for each day of the past week. Easy-peasy. =D
“Tunnel of Love”: September 10
“I don’t understand the meaning of the song.”
Led by the Flame: September 11
- The young woman sat cross-legged on her cushion, staring at the flame. Her breathing was measured, calm, precisely as she had been taught since childhood. In her mind was a memory. She was only an infant, too young for any of the mind practices. Too young for anything other than the prohibition against touching the flame, for the flame was dangerous, and would harm her.
There was no prompt given for September 12. I wrote a story early this morning using an extra prompt given on September 8; that appears later in the list.
“Oil and Vinegar”: September 13
- “Fire and ice? Oil and water?” T’Pol turned from where she’d been watching the door close behind the Cap’n. She didn’t exactly frown; but there was something in her smooth features that said she was confused and trying to work it out without a reference point..Maybe it was in the set of her eyes, and the way the light hit them. ”I don’t understand the comparisons; or why the Captain applied them to us.”
“Wow!”: September 14
“Damn, pepperpot…that’s so beautiful. You – you are so beautiful. I never knew you could sing.”
When Jon Met Hoshi: September 15
Hoshi Sato’s hand went to the back of her head for the seventh time in half as many minutes, checking by feel to be certain that the vividly purple corsage orchid was still securely held by the chopsticks in her hair. She’d been worried about it wilting before it could serve its purpose, but she was more likely to crush it.
Scavenger Hunt: September 16
(Prompt from the eighth; there may be another post for this date next week).
- “This isn’t a game, Commanders.” Jon tried to stare them down, but Trip was too busy trying to stifle a self-satisfied smirk to even notice. This whole thing had his name all over it.
So, do any of these openings entice you?
Is there one (or more) that doesn’t work for you?
Do any of these make you want to read the next paragraph?
If so, let me know! To make it worth your while to name names, I’m playing a little game.
For each time an opening gets a positive comment, I’ll post the next paragraph of the story in the comments. If something gets multiple votes, I’ll post multiple paragraphs, and you can comment on those, too, if you want!
There’s no need to choose just one, either! I want to know what makes you want to read more, so, if more than one piques your interest, let me know; I’m willing to share from any and all of these stories. You can even read last week’s openings, and comment on those, too.
All of the openings are on the rough side, since I’m writing a story each day, but I really want to know what captures the attention and triggers the intrigue to read the rest of the story.
In related news, I’m serializing one of my stories, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the first snippet, “Playing Along”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday.
Looking for WIPpet Snippets that don’t play games? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!