WIP Wednesday & Row80 Aug 21st

Okay, I had a busy night last night, which also made it hard to fall asleep and I feel like I’m all behind today. Add to that meetings which bore the jujubes out of me and anyway, blogging has been hard to squeeze in until just this moment.

But last night, there a group of us were, minding our own business, when something incredible happened. We came across an object we never thought we’d see. And well, I think this photo explains the rest.


The Goals

1. Read at least 10 more Anton Chekhov short stories to add to my progress starting from 50 of 201. Another! 60 of 201. Read his stories here free!

2. Finish reading both The Fire in Fiction and On Writing. No new progress.

3. Submit Trick or Tree to another writing contest. Finish Dog Shy and write at least one other short story, all to be submitted to contests. No new progress.

4. Write a flash fiction story. 2 flash fiction stories written so far.

5. Do at least one thing every week that increases my fluency in Spanish and Japanese. Check and check!Β  Thanks to Teaching Tunes Tuesdays I’m keeping up with this one.

6. Finish feedback edits on SHADE and get it queried. Still in the midst of editing. I really had to do some major reworking on this one scene, and I’m not sure if I like it yet. It took me a few days of pondering. That just happens sometimes with writing. But I can’t see any other path so I’m sticking with it for now.

Bonus Goals. Code Name Clemmings has a little more of Chapter 3 but I had to stop right in the middle of a climax. It’s killing me. But that’s good in a way, though, because it drives me to get back to it.

WIPpet Wednesday

Okay, it has to be a short excerpt for the business of today. So let’s see… 8-21-13… 8 lines down from Chapter 3, 2+1+1+3= 7 lines.

I can work either end of that spectrum when I need to, but for this assignment ordinary is extremely importantβ€”especially with my extraordinary ability to infuriate Mercedes.

But that’s just it. Ever since the dessert fiasco, my high alert has gone to almost zero. No attacks to avoid, not even on Alice. The only thing that sets my nerves on end is peace, because in my world peace is always an illusion. No matter what world you create or environment you set up, you can always find individuals who are eager to take power. We may strive for peace, but at the end of the day it only takes one to stir the pot of envy.

Even while writing about my protagonist Jade feeling anxious I felt her anxiety. Hopefully some of that gets communicated in this little excerpt.

How is your Row80 coming along? Run into the Doctor lately? Did you ever have those moments where you know something is coming, you just don’t know when? What does anxiety look like to you?

And coming soon, the 13th Doctor! πŸ˜‰



22 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday & Row80 Aug 21st

  1. Yes! Definitely think the 13th Doctor should be a woman… (I have a theory based on the Classic series where it was suggested that Time Lords can only regenerate 12 times…. so after the 12th regeneration, they are no longer Time Lords, but Time Ladies. And versa vica… [yeah, I realize that means the 13th Doctor should also be a man… pobody’s nerfect])

    Some progress on the goals, even if it does look like a few are lagging a bit. Keep at it… You’ve got time (and great goals). The reading one is spot on. I’ve got to finish On Writing one of these days too. Life keeps happening, dang it. πŸ˜€

    And Jade is… I get how she feels, but I had to reread the excerpt after your explanation lines. It could be because it’s taken out of context of the larger piece. Or it could be I’m dense today… (it was my day to deal with my stressed out mother and be her “outlet… bleh!).

    • Well, it’s good to know it might need to be clearer. Never hurts to take a second look at something, even if you don’t end up changing it. Thanks for the feedback.

      Since the Doctor has a daughter, it’s possible they could go off on that part of the story. We’ll probably get a few more years from Capaldi and then who knows. It probably depends on whether the success of the show continues.

      I know what you mean about life happening.

      • Thanks for not being bothered by my vague answer. I wish I could have given you a clearer explanation.

        Not only does the Doctor have a daughter, but he has a grand-daughter (Susan)… Did Jenny somehow mother Susan? that would be an interesting timey-wimey concept….

        But, as you say, there’s time. Of course, the fanfics will propagate whatever the ratings say, and I’m sure someone has already started the Doctor as a woman concept in those. πŸ˜€

  2. I *love* this line, “The only thing that sets my nerves on end is peace, because in my world peace is always an illusion. ” So telling. A little confusing out of context, but a solid piece all in all.

    I read 3/4 of On Writing and have yet to finish it. *sigh* I suppose when I pick it up again, I’ll have to start from the beginning.

  3. Okay, I am totally stirring the pot of envy right now myself – I want a sonic screwdriver! Awesome pic! And intriguing excerpt – looking forward to hopefully reading the new story someday!

    • It helps with not going crazy over revisions. I like improving the story, but sometimes you just get plain tired of editing.

      Hey, Amazon has got them. It was a tough deciding between Ten’s and Eleven’s…

  4. Great last line in your WIPpet, Jae. Being out of context this snippet raises lots of questions but that’s a good thing as I’m intrigued.

    • Thanks Kate! I’m realizing I should probably give a little context if I’m going so short, but I’m glad it still leaves questions to be wondered about.

  5. Haven’t run into him lately, but I do have tickets to the 50th Anniversary event in London in November, so I’ll probably run into more than one there! Unfortunately time has decided to slow right down in the lead-up.

    I definitely got a sense of the anxiety, and her words are so true!

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