Get the ‘H’ Out of My Wine
Welcome to Wednesday. I had a partial post written, but then I reminded myself that this is WIPpet Wednesday and not Whining Wednesday, so I trashed it and began again. The only kind of whine I enjoy has no ‘h’ in it. Moving on…ROW80 update, because I missed on Sunday again, and didn’t even get to make the rounds. *hangs head in shame*
- Emergence: I was going to share a sneak peak at the cover, but I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped, so maybe next week. I would still like to get it released by the end of the month. I’ve gotten awesome reviews from some who have read the ARC. I have to figure out how to get it on GoodReads and Amazon as a pre-release thing so I can share those reviews.
- CBC: Making good headway, and think I noodled out some plot issues. On 1/29 I was at 40,477 words. I’m now over 45k. I still need a title for this one since it seems there will be others in the Coinblade Chronicles. Amazing that Driev already has fans. 😉
- No time with my swordsmanship book.
- Been trying to eat sensibly and exercise more. Trying. Sometimes succeeding.
And, for those who missed my Facebook announcement…I’ve caved and started up a Pinterest account. It’s a work in progress and highly addictive. Because I needed one more thing to spend time on, right? *glares at those responsible* You know who you are. I have a board for the Darkness & Light Series and the Coinblade Chronicles that have images and songs that inspire me while writing. I also have various other boards, seemingly because they’re just like potato chips and it’s impossible to have just one. Or two. Or maybe they’re like rabbits, and keep reproducing. So if you’re interested in checking out any of the pins, you’ll find them all here.
Now, on to my WIPpet for this week. No tricky math today. For February 5 I give you five paragraphs from CBC. To set the scene, Driev is having problems dealing with the boy he rescued. I introduced him here . Driev’s not good with children. The boy, Gylan, picked up something Driev dropped while packing some belongings. It triggered a bunch of memories Driev would have preferred to stay away from. He’s about as good with feelings as he is with kids. He told Gylan to leave the room, and when the boy didn’t immediately comply, he was a bit rough with him. He feels badly afterwards, and tracks Gylan down to apologize. He’s not very good at that either. Gylan is sitting on a bench with his face buried in his arms. The excerpt starts with Driev talking:
“Look, I’m sorry, yes? That firestone, it belonged to a friend of mine. My only friend, truth be told. More a brother, really. He was the only one who…” Breathing had become hard again. And what about this boy made me tell him things I hadn’t voiced in years? “I’d forgotten I had it is all.”
“You didn’t have to shove me.” His words were muffled by his arms.
“You’re right. I said I was sorry, didn’t I?”
“I don’t like you.”
“I’m aware. I don’t much like myself most days, I can’t expect anyone else will.”
I think I responded to a comment last week that Driev is one of the most difficult characters I’ve written thus far. I think because he is so damaged and flawed, yet really yearns at some level to overcome that. He just doesn’t know how. He didn’t have a good upbringing and it scarred him, physically and emotionally. He’s hard, dangerous, and lacks a firm moral code. On some levels, what Old Ahgul told him [link] is accurate; Driev would like life to kill him. Yet every time he’s faced with death, he can’t give in. He fights it, tooth and nail, yet repeatedly puts himself back in situations where he has to do so. It very much mirrors the relationship he had with his father.
So, on that happy note, go forth and WIPpet and ROW. There are only a couple WIPterviews left. If you haven’t left a question for me, you still have time.
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