WIPpet Wednesday: Destruction

So… it’s Wednesday, and you all know what that means.


And also WIPpet Wednesday, where a bunch of crazies (and a few normal people, you know who you are) share a bit of a work in progress that related in some way to today’s date. I’m having one of those days where I’m skimming chapter 10 and going “this sucks, sucks, sucks” and am ready to delete the whole thing. As in the entire work, not the chapter.

LOVE those days. But it will pass… it usually does. Still, I’m feeling a bit ruthless, so I’ll let Aren give you a few lines from chapter 10 of Bound while I try not to do this to my work:

The men were easy to locate. Not Severn’s, as I had expected, but local guards sent to search the woods for us, careless and unaware of how close they were to success. I heard and saw them long before they knew I was there.

“Do you see anything?” His Qittavian accent made it come out “D’you see hennyting?” His thoughts were easier to follow than his words.

“Same as. We going to turn back? I’m about ready to get back to my Mary and a home-cooked meal.”

“Give it another few. We’ll never hear the end of it if we’re first back.”

“Imagine if we did find them?”

The first speaker snorted, then wiped his nose on his sleeve. “Gawd, I hope not.”

They certainly hadn’t located us through any skill of their own; more likely they’d been sent off in our direction, picked up a few signs of someone passing, and followed because they’d been instructed to follow every clue. What a shame for them that they were so keen on doing their duty.

They hadn’t thought to send word back to anyone else. I know, because the second one told me before I cut his throat.


Love that guy.

So anyway, that’s it from me this week. Be sure to have a look and see whether anyone else is posting something more uplifting here, and if you’d like to join in, follow the instructions above re: the date, or start a new work and post that. Bow down before the Queen of the WIPpeteers here. Bring gifts.

ROW80 update: Things are going. Slowly. Not doing so well, actually. Slowly getting through edits, but like I said, it all seems pointless right now. Just going to try to ride this one out. Not reading anything ATM, but I got Crossed from the library; we’ll see if it’s as disappointing as people say. I’ll try to go into it with no expectations. I have heard, however, that Ally Condie did dual-first person narration, like I’m doing in my fantasy stories; seems like a strange change to make for the second book of a series, but it could definitely be interesting, so I’m excited to see that.

As for non-writing goals, this week I’m kind of forced to do extra stuff with Ike while Simon’s off at summer camp (for the first time, GAH!), so that’s going well. Took him to a few local spots, nothing fancy. Still, better than a kick in the pants!


Walking Jack at the pond near our house

shipwreck, anyone?

shipwreck, anyone?

This is off the end of my street. I love this island!

This is off the end of my street. I love this island!

So there you go. Photographic proof that I’m achieving my goal of doing crap with my kids. Yay me!

To see what other ROW80 participants are up to (ROWers? ROW, ROW, ROW-your-boatists?), take a gander at this here linkie.

Thank for stopping by! Off to do battle with chapter 27 now. *loads word-blasting gun*


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with six cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

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