I know a couple of weeks ago I said the battle with uni work was coming to an end, but unfortunately there was a last minute counter attack that required defeating. Thankfully, now all that stands between me and my trip to England (and holidays) is one pesky exam, but that won’t be happening until early July so I have some time to spend on other things (like writing).
Yes, I admit, I have been VERY slack recently. I go through stages of stress you see. Sometimes, all I want to do is write and plan and be in my own little writing world. Sometimes, I just consume a lot of cookies and cream ice cream and watch TV shows and YouTube and play the Sims. I wish I could say that these past few months have been a case of the first scenario, but that would be a lie. Oh well, time to clamber back onto the writing wagon and get back into gear.
Today is in fact WIPpet Wednesday, so I will have a snippet for you later on, but firstly (considering the embarrassing lack of blogging these past few months), I thought I’d give you a longer, more chatty post. If you’re only here for the WIPpet, feel free to scroll past my ramblings and down to the WIPpet (I’ll make the start of that section bold or something so you can tell!).
Firstly, a little update on progress for writingy/readingy thingies. Reading wise, I am almost half way through A Feast for Crows, which is the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I’ve had a few flights/train trips recently, which have been perfect for reading. I’ve also been reading a lot because boyf and I have finished watching series 3 but can’t watch series 4 of Game of Thrones, and that makes me very sad. If anyone knows how I can watch Series 4 in Australia without actually purchasing Foxtel, please let me know. Boyf and I will be forever grateful!
I have also just begun beta reading for the lovely miss Amelia E. Browne over at The Story of Ink and Papyrus, and I must say I am thoroughly impressed and really looking forwards to analysing the story more in depth now I’ve finished my first read through. It’s also given me so much motivation to finish editing Rebellion to the point where I can send it out for beta readers! Hooray!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy university, but I must admit that this semester has been a massive struggle or me. I began the semester with high hopes. By about week 4 I wanted to withdraw from all my courses and maybe even drop out altogether. By week 6 I decided I wanted to study media not humanities. By week 8 things had settled down, but by week 10 I was back to hating uni. Now, thankfully, I feel as though this semester has actually helped me work out what I want to do, and where I want to go next. I might do an actual blog post on this tomorrow, talking about my journey this semester, what it’s made me realise, and the effect this has had on my writing ambitions etc.
ANYWAY, onto WIPpet Wednesday! As always, thanks to K. L Schwengel for organising etc, and you can find links to the other participants (or join us) here. I have to say, I’m super excited to be back WIPpeting! Today, I have 17 lines (well, 17 lines according to Word) from Rebellion, because 11 (date) + 6 (month) = 17. This directly follows on from my last WIPpet, in which Lord Rolando was very angry indeed.
“Punished, my Lord?”
Lord Rolando’s golden eyes narrowed dangerously as the soldier continued to talk.
“It’s just that, well, I mean we couldn’t have done anything differently that would have stopped them. And besides, the Rebellion has always existed, I don’t see what the problem is.”
“The problem,” spat Rolando, “is that they haven’t always been capturing villages!”
His hands slammed down onto the table with his final two words, causing a few of the men around the table to jump. “They’ve captured a village, Timenas. A village with crops and a mine and a large amount of steel. And you all did nothing for the second time!”
Whilst most of the soldiers and advisers around the tale had the decency to look ashamed, Timenas met Lord Rolando’s gaze defiantly. “Because for the second time, it caught us unawares. Unawares, because the Rebellion isn’t a threat, they’re a group of delinquents led by a delusional old man. The Rebellion haven’t been a problem for nearly two decades my Lord, I highly doubt-”
“I don’t care what you doubt, Timenas. Your confidence has always erred on the side of arrogance, and now your arrogance has made you useless. I did not send you north for you to let your men loose in the villages to feast on wine and women. I sent you north to bring the province under control. Do you call this under control?” Lord Rolando turned to his two guards standing by the door. “Take him to the dungeons until I can decide his fate. Round up any of his men as well. They are surely as useless as their commander, but they might know something that could help us.”