A Little Bit of WIPpet Wednesday

This week is trudging along. That always seems to happen when I have big plans for the weekend. This Friday I’ll be heading up to MN for another stockdog trial. That means I won’t be on much between Thursday night and Monday some time. I’ll try to get around to all the WIPpeteers, but I make no promises.

If you missed Monday’s interview with the outrageously talented Jeff Salyards, get thee back a post. I’m too lazy busy right now to go looking up links for folks today (and I still have to write my Fictional Friday post — if you don’t know what that’s all about, get thee back two posts).

Let’s see…WIPpet…Oh, before I forget, a friend and reader of mine mentioned in an e-mail that she didn’t know what WIPpet meant. That means I’ve been remiss. A WIPpet is an excerpt from a Work In Progress or, as we call them, a WIP snippet. WIPpet. And mine, for the 11th of June, comes from Edge of Darknesseven though I keep threatening to not use it any more for fear of spoilers. It just so happens I wrote a bit. No fancy math today, just 11 sentences with Grumnlin.

“Come now, little man, don’t be stubborn.”

Grumnlin folded his arms across his chest and turned his back on the nightshade. He’d come to tell them apart now that he had spent two passes of the silver face with them. This one he called Skitterbug because she constantly darted about like the long-legged insects that skated on the open pools of water in his beloved swamp.

“I only want to see it. To look at it. Not to touch it. Just to look.”

Grumnlin waved his hands in the air as though batting away midges. “Go away.”

“I could take it from you.”

Poor Grumnlin.

Alright, that’s all you get from me today. Go forth and enjoy your Wednesday. Feel free to stop by the other WIPpeteers or even join in with your own. Oh, and don’t forget, First of Her Kind is being doled out on Wattpad. Chapter Three went live Monday, Chapter Four is scheduled for Friday.



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18 responses

  1. Skitterbug. Hee hee!! Glad to see these 11 sentences with Grumnlin.

    June 11, 2014 at 9:07 am

    • He’s decided he wants a bigger chunk of the story this time. Who am I to argue?

      June 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  2. Skitterbug is a very apt name for those insects!

    This snippet was a little confusing though –

    “Grumnlin folded his arms across his chest and turned his back on the nightshade. He’d come to tell them apart now that he had spent two passes of the silver face with them. This one he called Skitterbug because she constantly darted about like the long-legged insects that skated on the open pools of water in his beloved swamp”

    It almost makes it sound as if he’s talking to the nightshade, but nightshade can’t move can it? Or is he talking to someone else? Or do I just need to go drink some more coffee because I’m still half asleep?

    June 11, 2014 at 11:31 am

    • Hmm…yes, I can see how out of context it can make little to no sense at all. Yes, nightshades can move. They do so quite well. Nightshades are similar to wraiths (although they will vehemently deny that). So, not nightshade the plant.

      June 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm

  3. Love the name, “Grumnlin.” 🙂
    Interesting goings on but I’m not sure who he’s turned his back on. 😉

    June 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    • He’s turned his back on Skitterbug, the nightshade. See what happens when I know what I’m talking about and forget to realize no one else does? 😉

      June 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      • But that’s what happens when you pull “x” number of lines out, right? Isn’t that to be expected? 😮

        June 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  4. Amy

    Yeah, I was a little confused too. Also confused about who he’s telling apart. But that might be spoilers. 😉 I like the nickname Skitterbug.

    June 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    • He’s telling apart the nightshades. When he first came upon them, they were too similar for him to be able to distinguish one from the other. But he’s been with them a while now so he’s noticing differences.

      June 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      • Amy

        Oh! Well, that had been my first thought, but that hadn’t seemed right. Makes lots more sense now. And I love it!

        June 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  5. Awww. Skitterbug is such a cute name.

    Poor Grumnlin indeed. You must really love him to give him so many conflicts. 🙂 What a kind author you are. I don’t suppose he ever gets the chance to really make trouble for the others, does he? I mean, REALLY make trouble? (Or maybe he has? I haven’t gotten to book 2 yet. :-/ )

    June 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    • He’s not in Book 2 much. He did have a great scene but it got cut. It may make it back into book three in an altered version. I’m not sure how much trouble he is going to get to cause. A part of me thinks he is up to more than I know.

      June 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  6. I’m glad I stepped in after you’d explained what was going on somewhat here, Kathi. I like that you’ve given the nightshades(wraiths) different traits, and that Grumnlin is starting to recognize them… He has a very good sense for natural shifts in things, doesn’t he?

    Enjoy your trip. Be safe, and gather inspiration… for something (hopefully more story). 😀

    June 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

  7. definitely no context makes this hard, but I feel like he’s talking to his two imaginary friends =P I like the skitterbug thing…I used to play with those all the time!

    June 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  8. I like Grumnlin. I keep expecting him to reveal some major jiu jitsu skills or something. 🙂

    June 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

  9. Count me among the confused at first — and thanks for the explanation in the comments. 🙂

    Have a great trip!

    June 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

  10. I kind of knew what you meant. In a way. Maybe.

    The Skitterbug bit reminds me of a story I read in school – “The Scarlet Ibis”.

    I’ve got a rather uneasy feeling about all this…

    June 12, 2014 at 7:38 pm

  11. I am joining the skitterbug fan club. It was my favorite part of that excerpt because of the imagery it evoked and I’ve never heard someone described metaphorically using that insect. Loves!!

    June 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

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