Still Nameless: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday

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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt.

Happy Wednesday once again!

Today, my Accomplice went back to work after a very pleasant vacation. Our son is officially closer to fifteen than to fourteen. And I’m back with the first official snippet from Donovan Nash in Sea Changes. I’m excited about this, because Donovan is definitely one of my more intriguing Kifo Island characters. He’s appeared in all three of my previously drafted Kifo Island stories, often with a major supporting role. And now, he gets his own story (well, shared with Karina, and maybe someone else, but still, he’s finally the star he was meant to be!)

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new here, the premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?


This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan this month or next. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 2, 2016
  • I added the month and day for five paragraphs, then added the one I shared as last week’s teaser for good measure.
  • That makes six whole paragraphs of Donovan. =)

Context: Donovan has just left his best friend Corinne’s pottery studio, Still Nameless, where he met Karina Karanova, who was working with clay and hating it. She’s clearly in a state of emotional overload, and eventually rushes off. Donovan has another obligation, and that’s where we reconnect with him.

Still Nameless

Donovan pulled his golf cart up as close to the cottage as he was able. It was midmorning on Kifo Island, and, warm already for mid-October. It had all the hallmarks of another hot, sultry, and potentially deadly summer.

He held his umbrella outside of the little vehicle that was the only one allowed for general use, and opened it before checking his shades and snugging down his bucket hat. He’d applied more sunscreen before leaving Still Nameless, at Corinne’s sweet but insistent urging.

He told himself that it wouldn’t have mattered if he hadn’t – the lovely and obviously troubled young Russian woman had taken off as though he were some malignant tumor she hoped to outrun. She wasn’t going to let him get closer, at least not now. She was spooked, and clearly had more than enough on her mind already.

Whether or not he stayed to put on sunscreen was, as Corinne had gently put it, ‘beside the point.’

Still, he wished he could have learned more about her – even if only her name. All Corinne had said when she called him was that there was someone in the studio who looked to be having a very hard time of things, but that the woman hadn’t opened up to her. That was usually the case, when she called him unexpectedly – Corinne seemed to have an almost supernatural ability to judge what would help someone to release the stranglehold they held on their emotions. Her need to do so was much more easily understood, but no less powerful –

“Be here, now.” He told himself this before every appointment, every interaction with the guests on Kifo Island. Whether they were dying, or here with someone who was, every one he’d met had abraded emotions and immediate needs. A little presence and sensitivity, he’d found, went a long way toward soothing some of those edges even when he couldn’t meet their needs.

Where is Donovan?

Why is he here?

Will he see the young woman again?

Can he be here, now?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more of Donovan’s story.

Just to be sure people can go back and read Karina’s scene, if they’d like, here are all the links:

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  1. Donovan strikes me as someone with a whole lot of story behind him. He’s intriguing. Maybe I’ve missed it in a previous snippet (I’ve been in and out of the loop a lot lately), but I wonder what he’s about to do with the person he’s meeting and how their interaction will go.

  2. Some helpful background information here!

    One note to maybe think about: Karina and Corinne sound very similar, and I found myself going back to make sure they were two different characters.

  3. Yay! I’ve really liked Donovan in past snippets, so I’m glad to see him get his own POV. His insightfulness really shows in this scene – I like its introspective tone.

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