No Matter: 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.

Hi there!

Things are settling down a bit here, as we all adjust to my Accomplice’s radically different work schedule. After working evenings for their entire lifetimes, he’s now at a restaurant that closes after lunch. It’s got him going to bed earlier, and the rest of us learning to accommodate that into our lives.

I’m also in the process of applying for part time work. I’ve been out of the workforce for a decade, to focus on homeschooling. That was necessary, in the beginning; the kids needed me. But, in the last several months, especially, they’ve both grown to the point where they like time to be home on their own, and that’s also a valuable skill for them to develop as they grow to independence. At the same time, I’m ready for a challenge, and I enjoy meeting new people and having an outside goal.

I’m thinking this may even help my writing, because it’s often true that having a more limited time frame to work within can help me prioritize what would be the best project to move forward.

And it’ll give us a bit of added financial resources after a lean several months, which, with two swiftly growing offspring with appetites to match, can only be helpful!

I’ll also have a treat this month for those who enjoy my TnT fan fiction: Every day this month, Ill be participating in #Loveuary, over at Ritu’s But I Smile Anyway. I’ll have a tiny snippet of flash fiction to share.

But all that aside, we’re here today for WIPpet Wednesday, so let’s dive in, shall we?

We’re still with Ava Garcia in Sea Changes,  from my Kifo Island series.

Ava was a constant revelation during the writing of her story. Her struggle goes beyond the issue of whether people should be allowed to choose the manner of their death. She encapsulates my personal attitudes about how children deserve to be treated. It’s an honor to share her voice with you!

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 has been rough-edited (trust me, you don’t want to see the muddled-beyond-hope original version! I’ll be creating a more structured revision plan once the 24 scenes pass through my local crit group (proceeding very slowly), and I’ve completed Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel class.

Your input is gratefully accepted, and might go a long way toward making this a better novel!


Ava just called her father “nobody” – in Spanish.

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is February 1, 2017

  • I used the digit of the day, for 1 paragraph.

No Matter

He got hold of himself enough to snarl, “I want to know what the two of you are up to, and I want to know right now.” The telltale muscle at the base of his lower jaw was twitching, and Ava heard his teeth grinding. If he was here, or she was there, she’d be on the floor for sure, no matter that she was sick.

Will Ava’s father unleash his fury?

How will Ava respond?

What does Donovan think of this exchange?

What happens next?

Next week, we may get more answers…

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  1. Knowing what I know about this (I just finished my first read-through of your recent piece in the crit group) and then coming back to this scene again… I’m with Fallon. I hate that Ava knows these things.

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