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.

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.”