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.
Oh, it’s Wednesday…and today is a particularly poignant one for me. But, since I’ve already addressed that, let’s move on to the business of the day, shall we?
Our weekend getaway was delightful, and I will eventually be posting pictures. Not today, though, because I’ve got a lot else to do – I didn’t touch my April novel project, A Rising Tide (Kifo Island Chronicles #4) for a week, and just got back into it last night. Itching to get caught up, and to see what will happen next….
I’m keeping up with the #atozchallenge, although I’d like to be ahead even a story or two. I do feel that time getting closer – maybe even by the end of this week, if all goes well. It would be helpful, since my last off day was spent visiting and driving home, so I didn’t have a chance to move ahead.
But none of that’s really what we’re here for today, which is another snippet from Donovan Nash‘s opening scene in Sea Changes.
Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina, and maybe Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)
For those who’ve forgotten, or are new to this story, here’s 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. I’ll be creating a revision plan within the next few months. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!
- Today is April 13, 2016
- I‘ve got thirteen sentences today.
Context: Donovan and Ava are getting acquainted as a prelude to a possible working relationship. Here, we learn a little more about why a child is alone on Kifo Island. Ava has just suggested that most of Donovan’s clients are probably older than her twelve years.
“For Your Own Good”
She had a very pretty smile, beneath wide and intelligent eyes that seemed to be either green, hazel, or medium brown.
“Clients? No – I have a reputation for preferring children, which may be why they sent me. But you could easily be the youngest person to actually employ me, if you choose to.”
“Would that bother you?”
“Nope. Will it bother you?”
“It bothers me that I needed to do things this way.” The girl shook her head. “But my parents aren’t exactly the type to consider what bothers me, or whether I even am bothered.” Another shake of her head. “They’d keep me in the hospital till I died, tethered with PICC lines pouring poison into my body, making me sick, and telling me ‘it’s for your own good’.”
Why would Ava’s parents want her in the hospital?
Is it for her own good?
Who should decide that?
Where are her parents?
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.
To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the link:
Still Nameless (includes link list for Karina’s scene, as well)
And now, a friendly reminder:
I know some of you love my Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction. This month, for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, I’m giving in to T’Pol and Trip who are demanding I give them some much-needed attention. You can read them here:
Or, if those aren’t enough, you can visit my brand-new fanfiction.net account, and find extended versions of each story. Yup! After years of dreaming about sharing my passion, and many years more than that of hiding it shame-facedly, my Trek stories are making their way out there in the big wide world! =)
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The kind of father/daughter relationship Ava longs for…