Word Games

When I first announced my goal for this round of ROW80, and opened up the door for sound thrashings should I post without having anything to show, Shan Jeniah Burton commented that she’d prefer to offer me incentives over butt kickings. She decided every time I add 10k, I get to reward myself by giving her a word to incorporate into her Wednesday WIPpet Star Trek fanfic featuring the ever smoldering Trip and T’pol. If you haven’t read those, you really need to. As you can see by my lovely progress meter, as of this writing I’m up to roughly 41,849. A total of 10,332 words since my kick-off on Monday. Not all of those are brand new words. Some are ‘reclaimed’ from scenes I had written a while back with no real idea of where they would fit in. Anyhow, 10k is still 10k. I decided the best way to choose a word–when there are soooooooooo many available–was to go to the last page I’d written, close my eyes, and let fate guide my finger. The word it landed on for this 10k is: sardonic. Can’t wait until Wednesday to see what Shan does with that. πŸ˜‰


That’s all I have. Now go cheer on the other ROWers.

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32 responses

  1. Holy busy weeks, Batman!

    I love this snippet, and these characters. Roe sounds like someone I could happily spend more time with. πŸ™‚

    October 8, 2014 at 5:10 am

    • Yeah, my schedule until mid-November is absolutely psycho. But it calms down after that. πŸ™‚

      Roe is interesting. Rough around the edges, but fun to hang with.

      October 8, 2014 at 5:57 am

  2. Those monkeys scare the hell out of me, but that’s not why I read on. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the delightful Roe. I loved the description of their first eye contact – his gaze like a pale piece of ice – beautiful. I also loved the snippet, and can’t wait to find out a name for our mystery man. Great line, by the way, ‘looking won’t burn the eyes.’ From your description I don’t blame Roe for the looking!

    Great work towards your goals. My work is feeling a lot like a disjointed beast too πŸ™‚

    October 8, 2014 at 6:03 am

    • There was more of a description of him, but I left that part out. Don’t want to give all the goodies away. πŸ˜‰

      So glad to know I’m not the only one struggling with a discombobulated beast. But I’ve got my blinders on, and anytime I hear that annoying voice trying to seduce me into going back and changing something, I ignore it and power forward.

      October 8, 2014 at 6:11 am

      • Good for you πŸ™‚ damn that annoying voice for all eternity or at least until you can use it to your advantage!

        October 8, 2014 at 6:13 am

  3. Amy

    Ha! I like Roe already. “Looking won’t burn the eyes.” Why do I get the feeling he’s right and she’s eying more than his injuries? πŸ™‚

    October 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

    • I would be. Um…

      October 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

  4. I’m loving this!!! “I need my feet beneath me, now lend me a shoulder while you ogle.” Hee hee! Roe is so busted.

    October 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • And he’ll bust her every chance he gets.

      October 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

  5. Love it! Roe’s caution and uneasiness is really well portrayed , as well as the character of the man. I have a feeling they’re going to be seeing a lot more of each other…

    One nitpick: second line, word missing ‘She ought TO just hand him to the fates.’
    (Unless it’s a deliberate mistake! πŸ˜‰ )

    October 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    • Deliberate. It’s Roe’s manner of speech.

      October 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

      • Ah I see! Fair enough. πŸ™‚

        October 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

  6. I really like this! Roe is an awesome character and I think I’m going to like this man. I don’t blame her for staring and figure I would be too in such a situation.

    October 8, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    • The man is…quite different from any I’ve written of late. He has an interesting past, but definitely not a tortured soul, or damaged goods. At least not in his mind. Though I suspect some of what he’s been through would have put someone else over the edge.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  7. I really like the imagery of a pale piece of ice. And good luck with your word count goals.

    October 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    • Thanks, Alana. I’m chugging along.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  8. loved the snippet.

    and great progress. after all, progress is progress. And I do a lot of those brackets. usually because I can’t remember what I named someone/thing or haven’t bothered to yet.

    October 8, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    • I used to go back and research, try to find the info I wanted in that bracket, or beat my head against the wall until the right word came. Brackets make it so much easier to get to the end.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  9. Oops. Busted. Of course, it sounds as if she wasn’t consciously ogling. Just following the trail of blood to see where it went.

    I’m not sure I would be inclined to help him after he started talking, myself. He had me when he stumbled and fell and lost me when he opened his mouth. I’ll withhold my assessment of him until further details emerge.

    October 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    • Sure, not consciously ogling at all. *cough* C’mon, he’s injured, and cold, he can’t be expected to be at his best at the moment. Give him a chance, he might grow on you.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      • Yeah. Okay. I guess allowances should be made for extenuating circumstances. I’d probably be grumpy, too. Pfft. I’d probably drive off even Roe’s help.

        October 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      • Yeah. See. He really is a…sweet..yeah, sweet…guy.

        October 9, 2014 at 4:56 am

      • Hmm… Are you sure you’re talking about his personality and not something else?

        October 9, 2014 at 6:14 pm

  10. Great scene, as usual! Loved the way he noticed she was eying him. *g*

    Sounds like a crazy schedule! And in such cases I always advise — give yourself a break.

    Have fun at the dog trials and various other activities! We’ll be here when you come back. πŸ™‚

    October 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    • I’m so bad at giving myself breaks. I know I should, but I always feel guilty.

      October 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  11. Love the character interaction in this snippet! I wonder who the man is…

    October 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    • Thanks! I think you will find out more about him next week. Or at least see more of him. But not in *that* way.

      October 9, 2014 at 4:56 am

  12. I always love how you create such an exotic world is such a short snippet. It’s beautiful, really.

    And yay for getting words down!

    October 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

  13. Every word counts, for sure! And I absolutely love this excerpt. Will be going back and reading last week’s, too. Looking forward to next Wednesday!

    October 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    • Thanks, Kristen. This one will probably turn into a new WIP once I get the current one hammered into submission.

      October 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  14. I have often considered joining WIPpet Wednesday. It sounds like a great motivator, as is ROW80, of course.

    You sound busy, busy, busy. All the best as you make the time to write. Safe travels!

    October 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

  15. Oh, my! What an intriguing description! I’m half in love with him already. Driev is still my number one, though. Love all the details of his appearance and the wound hidden beneath his belt. I think you’ll have to give us more of this, my dear.

    That’s right, get to it.

    Oh, very well, then. I guess I’ll have to wait until next Wednesday.

    October 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

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