No Amount of Chemo”: 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

Oh, it’s Wednesday…and it has been for many hours. Yup, I’m running late today – I’ve got lots going on this week, and I’m making incremental progress. Hopefully, I can get this post up before midnight…

Toward that end, I’m going to dive right with 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. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan within the next few months. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is April 20, 2016
  • I‘ve got six sentences today; I added the digits of the day, then added them to the month (4+2=6).

Context: Donovan and Ava are getting acquainted as a prelude to a possible working relationship. Here, we learn a little more about Ava’s reasons for coming alone to Kifo. She’s mentioned that her parents had her in treatment most of the last few years, “for her own good”. We pick up from there.

“No Amount of Chemo”

“But you don’t agree with them.” It was clear in her tone, and her expression, but Donovan had learned that what seemed clear wasn’t always true, or even close to it. And, even if it was, it might not be the whole story. Could a girl her age even know the whole story?

“I’m dying. There’s no amount of chemo or radiation that’s going to change that.”

ls Ava dying?

Will chemo or radiation help save her life?

Who should decide that?

What’s next?

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 links:

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 the newest batch here:

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!



  1. That’s a really good question–who should decide. I’m interested to know how that question might be answered in future snippets.

    • I’m interested, too. =)

      And I love that people are engaging with the questions here. This book was sometimes quite challenging to write, and it does delve some pretty intense issues…

      • That’s exactly the kind of thing I like to read. I don’t mind a fluffy read now and again, but I like things that make me think and engage with bigger issues.

  2. I read your snippet from last week and it was good. This week’s snippet gives me a lot to think about. I am wondering how you’re going to approach the “Who should decide?”

    Shalom Aleichem,

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