Hopping to It ~ WIPpet Wednesday

Okay, first the bad news. I’m not sure how many WIPpeteers I’ll make it to this week. I’m hosting a three-day stockdog training clinic this weekend so the days between then and now are overfilled with preparations. I will try to make it around, but that might not happen until Monday.

Also, I am getting very close to not having any more of How Not to Buy a Dragon to post. It’s gotten such a good reception, I hate to disappoint, but it’s truly not a real project…yet…and my energy has to go to Edge of Darkness, and shopping Bound in Shadow. I know, I know, but what’s an author to do with only so many hours in a day?

The good news is, you still get a bit of Jannis and Dachus this week and next week. After that…I dunno.

The other good news is that I finally feel as though I’m getting into the rhythm with EoD. I’ve had several days of solid word counts, and have some semblance of continuity going. That’s not to say it’s been in any way, shape, or form smooth sailing. My characters are still being far too independent. Not to mention saying and doing things that catch me totally off-guard. But I’m making forward progress and that can’t be snubbed.

Also, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who entered the Rafflecopter giveaway during the Fall Into Fantasy promotion. I will be contacting the winners soon. Don’t forget to check back every Monday for the next author on the tour.

Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for, this week’s WIPpet. No complicated math. 10 paragraphs for the 10th. We pick up from last week when Janni told Dachus the buckle on his shoes was gaudy:

“It’s hardly gaudy.”

“So says you.” She finished her turn and started walking back toward the sprawling hall of Dracon Hold.

“Wait. Master Jannis.” He bounced after her on one leg, doublet thrown over the crook of his arm, one shoe on, trying to catch up as he struggled to get the other shoe on without falling over. “I think I was a little presumptuous earlier. Obviously you don’t know me, and I’m sure you don’t get to court on a regular basis–“

“Try, not at all.”

He stopped hopping, balanced on one foot, his other leg bent across his knee. “You’ve never been to court?”

“Until now, have you ever been to Dracon Hold?”

“Well, no.”

“There you have it.” She continued toward the hall, and he finished putting on his shoe, then trotted after her in a more dignified manner.

“The two hardly compare, Master Jannis.”

Janni tipped her head toward him as he came alongside her, and reconsidered not feeding him to Tork. “You just don’t know when to cut your losses, do you?”




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35 responses

  1. Nicole Nally

    I applaud Jannis’ patience, really I do. If it were me I’d probably have hit him by now.
    I really love your excerpts for How Not To Buy A Dragon and I can’t wait to see it when/if it ever becomes a real project that you plan on publishing. I would totally buy it just to see more of these two interacting.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:13 am

    • Thanks, Nicole. This had originally started out as a short story idea for a competition but I ran out of time so it got back-burnered. I could see stretching it into a novella at some point down the road.

      September 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

      • Nicole Nally

        Well if it does become a novella let us know, I want to buy it already.

        September 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      • I will definitely keep you posted. 😀

        September 11, 2014 at 6:30 am

  2. Man, he’s an idiot. This makes me think of people asking why I didn’t go to Toronto more when I lived in Ontario. WHY WOULD I DO THAT? Dracon hold sounds like it’s more my thing, too.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:30 am

    • Blame it on his upbringing. 🙂 And you would definitely like Dracon Hold.

      September 10, 2014 at 5:53 am

  3. I would take Dracon Hold over what sounds like a pretty stuffy court any day.

    I love the description of him hopping along with one shoe; I could imagine it perfectly.

    I’m glad to hear EoD is starting to come at least a little easier now. Even if some characters are throwing your for six sometimes.

    September 10, 2014 at 5:56 am

    • “throwing you for six” — now that’s a phrase I’ve not heard before.

      Yes, I would never do well in a court setting.

      September 10, 2014 at 6:04 am

      • I think it’s possibly a cricket term, which would explain that, though I’m not 100% sure.

        September 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  4. I really enjoy reading about these two characters but Dachus certainly appears to be a slow learner. 🙂

    September 10, 2014 at 6:28 am

    • It’s hard to undo decades of habits and ideas. I’m not sure it’s so much his being a slow learner, as just having been far too sheltered and having a firmly engrained sense of entitlement.

      September 11, 2014 at 6:23 am

  5. I loved this scene – very visual. It was easy to picture them, their body language, facial expressions…lovely 🙂

    September 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    • Thanks! I was hoping I conveyed his awkward hopping about.

      September 10, 2014 at 6:38 am

  6. I hope your training weekend goes well. 🙂

    I agree with Melissa. It’s a very visual scene and lots of fun to read.

    September 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    • Even it if goes badly, I’ll have a houseful of the most delightful people (next to the WIPpeteers, of course, and wouldn’t it be grand to have a houseful of them!)

      September 11, 2014 at 6:24 am

  7. Amy

    I love their interactions. They remind me a bit of town mouse/country mouse, only funnier. I’m sorry to see them go so soon, but I do understand. It’s necessary to move on at some point if it’s not a main project.

    September 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • Oooh, good comparison with the mice! Yes, very true.

      September 11, 2014 at 6:25 am

  8. Aw, that’s too bad that we won’t see any more of the dragon-buying comedy for a while. But I’m glad to hear that Edge of Darkness is working better for you again!

    Have fun with the doggies. 🙂

    September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Who woulda thunk I could pen something that would be referred to as comedy? 😉 Certainly not me. Problem is, I’m not sure what I’ll share after I run out of this. Sharing from EoD is going to be far too spoilery. Hmmm…

      September 11, 2014 at 6:26 am

  9. ❤ "“You just don’t know when to cut your losses, do you?” Janni has been patient. I wonder why and what will / can happen next.

    September 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • You know, I’m wondering what will happen next as well! ;p

      September 11, 2014 at 6:28 am

      • Good. We’ll all send you vibes of a different color. Think Twilight Zone theme song. 😛

        September 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      • I feel my head imploding already.

        September 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      • ::-D 😀 😀 A new perspective… Not working?

        September 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

  10. “…reconsidered not feeding him to Tork.”

    Awesome line!

    I’m gonna miss these two. I see lots of delicious conflict in their future…I hope they hurry back!

    As for characters doing their own thing and shifting gears in the middle, I have one word for you – T’Pol! She’s being well-mannered enough (sorta) in that cell with Trip – but add a century to her age, and she apparently just stopped giving a damn what anyone else thinks of what she does…the strange thing is that she wasn’t originally even going to be in the story I’m currently drafting, because I didn’t know about her when I decided to write it…but now she’s finagled her way into POV character status, and is driving a good deal of the action, in ways I never saw coming…

    Not that I’m complaining, exactly….she definitely keeps things – interesting. Yeah, let’s use that word!

    May the weekend be filled with canine delight!

    September 11, 2014 at 1:31 am

    • T’Pol certainly is interesting. I can imagine trying to rein her in enough to write what you *think* should be happening is quite difficult.

      September 11, 2014 at 6:29 am

      • I imagine it would be- if I tried it… but there’s that matter of her having a phase pistol, serious combat training, and the neck pinch…

        It seems easier – and a lot more interesting – to let the lady have her own way. As she would say, she has her reasons…

        I just wish, sometimes, that she’d be a little better at sharing them with me….

        September 11, 2014 at 6:35 am

      • The neck pinch…yeah…I hate the neck pinch.

        September 11, 2014 at 6:37 am

      • I get enough headaches as it is…

        Spock catches the pinchee and eases them to the ground.

        Not T’Pol. She just daintily steps out of the way and watches them drop! Knowing this about her makes me even less inclined to bring her to the point of agitation…I’m too old to hit the ground that hard and not at least bruise something…

        September 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

  11. “and reconsidered not feeding him to Tork.” *snort* loved this. Silly boy, are you ever going to learn?

    September 11, 2014 at 6:46 am

    • What fun would that be? 😉

      September 11, 2014 at 6:48 am

  12. I will definitely miss the dialogue between these two characters. Another great excerpt as usual!

    September 11, 2014 at 8:03 am

  13. I would feed him to Tork, too, at this point.

    I’ll be sad when I don’t get to see more from this work, but I understand needing to prioritize. I’m glad Edge of Darkness is working out better for you right now than it was before.

    September 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

  14. LOL, I love the dislike between these two. I wanted to say “seething hatred” but that’s a little over the top.

    I also bounce around from project to project so I get it. As for the stockdog thingy – way cool. I love dogs – they are so much less complicated than human beings. And they are always happy to see you and ecstatic to eat whatever you give them! 🙂

    September 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

  15. Hop around you little twit! Ha! Love her confidence as she lets him fumble over trying to keep up with her. It’s that tiny little self-fulfilling moment when you have what someone else wants, and they’re being stupidly infuriating about getting it.

    That’s right, keep hopping. Fall, just fall….

    September 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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