Never Met a WIP Like You Before

I’m always listening to music. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, everything goes better with tunes. Okay, so there are some things I don’t listen to music while doing (except maybe in my head) — training the dogs, sleeping, eating — anyhow, yesterday I heard a song I haven’t heard in a while that just nailed some of the emotions of Ethan, the main character in Crossing Paths, particularly these lines:

You give me just a taste so I want more
Now my hands are bleeding and my knees are raw
Cos now you’ve got me crawlin’, crawlin’ on the floor
And I’ve never met a girl like you before
You’ve made me acknowledge the devil in me

Although I haven’t written much on Crossing Paths being that I’m still trying to finalize Emergence for the few, the brave, the Betas, I decided to share the song and a scene. First, the song so you can listen to it while you read.

And now the scene. 7 paragraphs for August 7th. And, just so we’re clear, Ethan is holding a dagger that’s at least a good foot long, and yes, it’s Rainie he’s talking to. They are facing off in an alleyway where Ethan was about to . . . well . . . do his job. Yeah, he needs a special dagger for that.

Instinct moved Ethan so the kick aimed at disabling him barely skimmed his leg. “What the Sam hell?”

He backed a step as his attacker spun and put herself between him and his target. Ethan rolled his eyes.

“What is it with you?” he said. “Why are you suddenly all up in my business?”

The woman shrugged, emerald eyes narrowed. “Let’s just say you rub me the wrong way.”

“Sweetie, I haven’t rubbed you at all, but I guarantee it wouldn’t be the wrong way.”

She glowered at him. “Why don’t you put down the butter knife and go home?”

“Look, I don’t want to hurt you,” Ethan said. “But this has nothing to do with you, and if you stay here it’s not going to end well.”

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41 responses

  1. That song always makes me think of “Empire Records.” Awesome. 🙂

    Love the WIP snippet- the “butter knife” thing is perfect!

    August 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

    • Hmm…not sure I saw Empire Records, but I love the beat of that song. And so appropriate to Ethan. Amazing how some will just hit me like that.

      August 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

      • Weird, right? I love when that happens.

        This is one of those songs I hated when it first came out, but that I like now. Takes me a few years sometimes. 🙂

        August 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

      • It’s like food as well. Something I couldn’t tolerate when I was younger, I love now. Go figure.

        August 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    • Jae

      Haha! Just had the same thought. Jinx! 1-2-3-4…

      August 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

      • Wait, isn’t it Jinx, double jinx!

        August 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      • Jae

        STOP! Whew. Almost missed it…

        August 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

  2. Love the banter! The butter knife and his “Sweetie, I haven’t rubbed you at all, but I guarantee it wouldn’t be the wrong way.” I see why you picked that song. So true!!!

    August 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

    • Yeah, poor Ethan, Rainie is going to complete baffle him for a while. Mwahahahahaha

      August 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

  3. Great dialogue, love the back and forth going on here!

    August 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

    • Thanks, Adrian. These two are quite the pair and fun to write.

      August 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  4. Love this extract, Kathi. Such snappy dialogue with so much simmering sexual tension too…

    August 7, 2013 at 9:32 am

    • Oooh, I’m glad the sexual tension comes through. There will, um, be a bit. 😉

      August 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

  5. Oooh, like Kate I love the sexual tension in this Kathi. Great excerpt.

    August 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • Thanks, Elaine. I was definitely shooting for that. Although at the point, neither of them are!

      August 7, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  6. a one foot dagger!!! How big IS Ethan?

    I like the interplay between the characters. Rainie seems to be a clever little vixen. Ethan is definitely doomed to fall for her. 🙂 (Possibly.)

    August 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    • Only a little over 6′ tall and lean muscled. But actually, a one foot dagger isn’t that unusual. The Roman Legionaries carried daggers with a 7″-12″ blade. Medieval daggers ran about the same and were often used in combination with a sword. 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      • Really? I think the 7″ size was what I usually pictured. I didn’t realize they came in 12″. Learned something new. Cool. 🙂

        August 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      • There may have even been longer . . . but then I think they stopped calling them daggers. I did the research because a cover artist portrayed a character with a longer blade than I thought they used in the book because the character only ever used a dagger.

        August 8, 2013 at 5:11 am

      • Interesting. I may have to start looking up medieval weaponry a bit.

        August 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

      • One of my favorite things to research. And I’d love to take medieval sword fighting lessons but the closest is a 45 minute drive on a weeknight. 😦

        August 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      • Blech. Maybe you can convince the teacher to come to you?

        August 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      • Probably only for more than I could afford. Unless…..maybe I could find enough people to make a class up here worth their while. Good one, ReGi, now you got the little guy in my head off on another tangent

        August 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      • Bwahahahahaha! >-)

        August 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  7. Is the dagger one foot from the grip to tip of the blade? Or is the blade itself just a foot long? Either way, that’s a big dagger!

    I remember when this song came out! It was on the radio all the time!

    August 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    • The blade itself is about a foot long. See my explanation to ReGi. 🙂

      August 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      • Holy crap!

        Never going to tell my husband that they make daggers that long. He’ll want one. lol.

        BTW, great dialogue between the two characters. I thought I mentioned that yesterday, but apparently I forgot… We’ve been so busy at work that that’s been happening a lot lately. I think I had to edit my blog post three times yesterday after I posted it – I kept finding sentences that weren’t finished! 😛

        August 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  8. I am bowled over with the dialogue. It’s smartazz, short and blunt. and charged with electricity. Fabulous.

    August 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

  9. Wish I could have gotten the song to play here (for some reason it keeps giving me an error)… Still, the mood in the scene is so rich with emotion and innuendo. Loved it, Kathi. Thanks for sharing.

    August 7, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    • Ah bummer on the song, it’s a catchy tune. 😉

      August 8, 2013 at 5:11 am

      • I’m trying a new browser today (mine was doing some weird update hell yesterday… Trying again now)

        August 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

  10. Oooh, I love it when I hear a song and I’m like ‘THAT’S my character’s song!!!’ and then very few people understand why that song makes you so happy from here on out. I love the humorous banter between the two in this scene, and in general, I just like these characters.

    August 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    • Thanks much! I can’t wait until I can spend more time with these two.

      August 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

  11. Great song. That’s kinda how I feel about my manuscript when I’m working on it. 😉 Nice action scene there too!

    August 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  12. Also loving the sexual tension, and the snappy dialogue. ““Sweetie, I haven’t rubbed you at all, but I guarantee it wouldn’t be the wrong way.” Heeeeeeeeee! 😀

    August 10, 2013 at 12:55 am

    • Yeah, that Ethan, he sure has a way with the women. *snork*

      August 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  13. Totally dig the butter knife comment. Made of 2000% wit! 🙂

    August 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

  14. Love that song. It goes well as theme music for the excerpt. I have that CD from way back.

    I also have a role playing game resource book from way back. It lists numerous medieval weapons, their lengths and weights. Pretty much everything listed as a sword is half a meter long or more, counting the hilt. Anything less than that is considered a knife/dagger, though some of the knives/daggers are listed at half a meter or longer. The longest weapon listed as a knife or dagger is the parang latok, described as a Dyak jungle knife, which measures nearly three-quarters of a meter in length, counting the hilt. It’s basically a machete from what I read on Wikipedia about the parang.

    So… a foot-long blade for a medieval dagger? Yeah, definitely. When the total length, counting hilt, is more than 20 inches, you’re into sword territory, with a few exceptions. When the total length is less than 18 inches, you’ve got a knife or a dagger. Medievally speaking.

    The above all assumes the reference book I have is to be believed, but you know those gamers. They can be pretty darn particular about these sorts of details.

    August 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

    • Ha, ha! Yeah, if someone is going to get hung up on details, it’s going to be a gamer! LOL 😉 I had always thought daggers were shorter as well. Amazingly enough, it was a cover painting that made me look into it further. One of the characters only uses a dagger and the cover showed him with what, to my eye, looked like a short sword. So I did some research (preferring long swords myself) and found out that daggers weren’t just little things.

      I love research. Well, depending on subject. Research at the day job . . . *yawn*

      August 21, 2013 at 5:05 am

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