Watching – WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome back to this week’s WIPpet Wednesday!

Today’s snippet is 30 words, adding the date (26) and the month (4) together. Another short snippet, I know. They’ll get longer soon, I promise.

Just an FYI, Fier is a work in progress name. Because I’m so terrible at coming up with names, I have a list of names I really like, and if I’m really stuck I borrow one from the list, mix it around a bit, and use that. Fier comes from the name Fierro, which is just such a cool name.

This is the beginning of his very first chapter, which means you don’t get any context!

The newly crowned Empress uttered every word of the oath without stuttering, and turned to survey her subjects. From his spot in the crowd, Fier raised his eyebrows and exhaled.

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Need To Know – WIPpet Wednesday

As I’ve been getting back into writing, and starting on a new project, I’ve been trying to write down any little snippets that spring into my mind, even if they don’t immediately related to what I’m up to plot-wise the moment they appear. Today’s WIPpet is one of those. It actually happens MUCH later on in my current WIP, possibly even in its sequel (I’m uncertain if it’s going to be a stand-alone or a duology). Obviously you’re not going to have much context, because a) it hasn’t been written yet, and b) it’s pretty spoilery.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, WIPpet Wednesday is a tag run by Emily Witt here in the blogging world. The idea is that every Wednesday you share a snippet from your current Work in Progress (WIP) that somehow corresponds to the date (we’re a bit creative with this). If you want to join in, click on this linky thingy (or just click on it to see what others have posted this week).

Today, my WIPpet is 4 little paragraph things for the fourth month. Genius.

“When did you plan on telling me this? On actually explaining what the signal was?” Kora’s voice shook as she spoke, threatening to burst free from the wall of controlled indifference she had built up.

The resistance leaders glanced at each other, then at Vigo, but said nothing.

“Were you even going to tell me?” Tears welled in her eyes, but she pushed them back. The last thing she needed was for them to question her loyalty, or label her as hysterical. Her eyes locked on Vigo’s. “You? Surely you were going to tell me?”

Vigo’s eyes flickered down to the ground, then back, level with hers, but not meeting her gaze. “It was need to know.” He finally muttered.

Madness – WIPpet Wednesday

A quick WIPpet on this sunny Wednesday morning. It’s part of the same scene I shared a few weeks ago between Ilia and Kora (although they may have had slightly different names then). 5 sentences for the 5th of April!

“Well surely we could go another way?” Kora glanced over the ramparts again, then drew back. “This is madness.”

Ilia scowled. “They say it runs in the family.”

Contextless Intrigue – WIPpet Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

I have been having a decidedly stressful, meh week. But that’s ok, because these things happen and I’m still here and well and safe and happy.

Today I have a whopping 19 words for you, because 22-3=19. As with everything I’ll be sharing for the next few weeks, this is a little snippet from Blood of Kings (my new project) that I’ve written down in my “Ideas and Scenes” page on Scrivener for me to insert into the appropriate moment when I actually get around to writing it. That means no context, and probably no introduction to many characters either. That will change soon, but bear with me and my intriguing, context-less snippets for a bit longer!

She shook her head. “You’re the brother of the Empress. Does that count for nothing?”

He shrugged. “Not here.”

Who is she? Who is he? You’ll have to wait and see.

Going Along Smoothly – Update and WIPpet

I think I’m starting to slip into an almost routine. Things are a bit up in the air life-wise at the moment, so it’s really nice to have some routine to keep me grounded. On top of my ROW-related routines, I’ve also started doing pilates every day (except Sundays, Sundays are for pub roasts) and I’m beginning to learn Scottish Gaelic. If you’re interested in my language/academic related goals, let me know and I’ll include them in Round 2’s updates!

Progress so far this week:

Write 6 blog posts, 3 for this blog and 3 for my lifestyle blog. This will be my third for the week. I’m hoping to have two up on my lifestyle blog tomorrow and Friday, and one more on here either Friday or Saturday. So far, on track.

Finish The Amber Shadows. Not quite as on track with this, I have to admit. I maintain my optimism that I will finish by the end of the week, but we’ll see.

Write 500 words every day. I have’t done this, but to be honest I didn’t think I would. I’ve been writing, either novel or planning, every day, but I don’t think it’s come to 500 words per day. Oh well.

Figure out a more solid plot. This is coming along more smoothly. I have the bones of a plot (the very barest, but hey), I had a stroke of inspiration last night, and I’m feeling positive. I think changing it up to something different has been the move I needed to get me feeling motivated about writing again!

Create novel-related pinterest boards. My three novel related pinterest boards (characters, settings, world building) are coming along nicely. I might add a plot board, but we’ll see. You can check them out here, if you’re interested.

All going along swimmingly then (touch wood).



I figured a good place to begin with this new novel, WIPpet wise, was the beginning. There’s something nerve-racking about sharing an new piece of work with other people, even if it’s only a few lines. It’s still a bit rough, but it should give you an idea of how the novel will open. Also, if anyone can suggest any names for a female character, that’d be fab. Names are my nemisis, and a new plot means LOTS of new names!  WIPpet math is 12 sentences for 15-3.

“This isn’t a good idea.”


The pair leant over the castle ramparts, peering down through the darkness into the city below. Beyond the city walls, inky water lapped at the breakwater, glinting occasionally as the beam from the lighthouse passed over it. “I’m serious, Ira.” The taller of the pair straightened. “This can only end badly.”

“You always say that.” The Queen huffed, swinging her left leg over the stone balustrade.

“And I’m always right.”

“Stay here then. I can go without you.”

Late as Usual

Well, there are 28 minutes left of Thursday, and yet here I am for the Wednesday check in and WIPpet update.

I could tell you the story about how we haven’t had internet blah blah blah, which is true, technically. But our internet was switched on at about 2pm this afternoon, so it’s not like I haven’t had the opportunity. I think I’ve just still got my blogging training wheels on after so long away.

Even though I only uploaded my goals for this week on Tuesday, let’s see how much progress I’ve made (hint: not much).

Write 6 blog posts, 3 for this blog and 3 for my lifestyle/travel blog. 3 down (if you include this one), 3 to go. I’ve taken all the photos and started doing the research for my second lifestyle blog, and I’m hoping to get it finished and the other two written and scheduled tomorrow. Yeah organisation!

Get half way through The Amber Shadows. Not even close. I think the weekend will call for a spurt of reading.

Write a little something every day. I haven’t made the best progress with this, but hey, baby steps.

Figure out plot for novel. A Friday-Sunday task.

Organise character pinterest boards. Since we only just got our internet back, this was always going to be a later-in-the-week project.

So, there we go. Not a whole lot of success, but seeing as the goals have been ‘live’ for 2 days, not too shabby either.

Onto the WIPpet.

Last week’s snippet was SUCH a success that I really have no choice but to turn it into something more meaningful. With that said, this follows directly on from last week. 28 words for 9×3.

“I could have you executed for that.” Her voice was cold and detached, but he could see the hurt in her hazel eyes.

“You could. But you won’t.”

A Wednesday Update and a Wee WIPpet

How is it already Wednesday? HOW?

If you read Sunday’s post, you’ll know that I am only now getting back into the whole ROW/blogging thing again, after a bit of a hiatus for honours/the holidays/moving to Scotland.

This Week’s Goals:

Work out yearly goals: Honestly, I haven’t even started thinking about it. I’ll do that tonight.

Start reading something again: I also haven’t done this, but I’ve downloaded a few good audiobooks to listen to, so we’re on the way there.

Get back into bullet journallingThis I have started, although only just. Still, a start is a start.

Clear my head when it comes to writing: I had a lightening bolt of inspiration last night whilst watching Top Gear, of all things! So hopefully my brain-clouds are starting to clear!

Check back in on Sunday for a more detailed update!


It’s also been a long time since I psoted a real WIPpet on WIPpet Wednesday. This particularly WIPpet may not go further than this blog post, but hey, it’s a something, and more importantly. it’s here. It relates to the date because today is the first, and this is the first of my fresh starts!

“Would you truly betray your Queen for this…this usurper?” 

 “You were never my Queen. You weren’t even his.”