WIPpet Wednesday: Hello, Old Friends

It’s 8:44 on Wednesday morning, and I have nothing prepared for WIPpet Wednesday. I HAVE FAILED YOU. *sobs* Lemme see what I’ve got handy…

I had a moment of panic a few days ago when I thought that I’d lost my vampires in the Not-So-Great Data Transfer (yes, it’s an event deserving of capital letters) that happened after my netbook broke/choclification of my USB drive. After much scrambling and searching, I found the story and… well, first I had a tiny little brain party, and then I read it over.

It’s better than I remembered. Not perfect, but worth finishing; I snorted over funny moments I’d forgotten about, and was appropriately disgusted over murder scene details (definitely going to need a warning on this one). I don’t know when I’ll have time to get to it, but it might be the first thing I post on Wattpad if I ever come up with a good title. So as part of the celebration of re-discovery, here’s 25 sentences. Shivva, Daniel and Trixie have just had a good feed at the club, and are on their way to investigate what will be the girls’ first murder.

Trixie passes out in the back seat of the Challenger before we get half way to Kilbride. She’s let me have the front seat for almost every ride since she “borrowed” and crashed Daniel’s GTO. I think it’s self-preservation, trying to stay invisible.

“Little too much of the good stuff there, kiddo?” Daniel asks, not taking his eyes off of the road, and Trixie mumbles something about being fine.  We stop at Timmie’s on Topsail Road for coffee and doughnuts. Blood keeps us going, but caffeine is good for the soul, and a full stomach is one of our remaining pleasures.

“Did you feed?” I ask him, though I’m just making conversation. His colour is good, he looks practically alive. He’s relaxed and content, even though we’re on our way to a crime scene. Of course he ate.

“Yeah. Don’t think that one will be back any time soon, though.”

“Why, did she freak out?” I assume it was a girl. He likes them small and fragile.

“No, she got clingy.”

I can’t help but giggle. Daniel tries to frown, but he knows it’s funny. Every so often we’ll get one who’s been reading too much vampire romance, who gets a ridiculous crush on one of us and expects to be loved and protected in return. They don’t understand that they’re animals to us. “She started crying when I was done with her and left, ran after me, wanted to know my name, cried about loving me.” He has the good grace to at least look embarrassed for her.

“She didn’t know any better.”

“They never do.”

OK, back to revisions for me, and trying to figure out how to format my first pages to industry standard so I can get a sample edit from an editor I’m thinking of hiring. Can I just say that I have no freaking idea what “12pnt New Courier, spaced exactly 25pnt with widow control off; 1″ margins; .5″ first line indent, header and footer; 0 indentation and spacing; titles on 7th line down, name/title/pg# right header” means? Is this something that would be easier if I actually had MS Word?

Would slamming my head repeatedly into the keyboard accomplish anything? No?

OK. Let’s do this and get back to those revisions…

Thank you to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for hosting! I won’t send you over to high-five her today, since she’s not around, but I WILL direct you to the linkie, where you’ll find the other WIPpeteers adding their contributions all day long. If you want to join in, just post your WIP snippet (relating somehow to today’s date) on your own blog, then add your link. FUN!

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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 a Mountie, two kids who take turns playing Jeckyll and Hyde, two cats, an intentional boxer and an accidental chihuahua. She's the author of the bestselling Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy). www.katesparkes.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

16 responses to “WIPpet Wednesday: Hello, Old Friends

  • Kate Frost

    That’s a great line ‘blood keeps us going, but caffeine is good for the soul.’ Love the idea of these three vampires off to a crime scene and the poor girl who’d read too much vampire romance. Most definitely worth doing something with – hope you enjoyed your little brain party. 😉

  • L. Marie

    Great stuff! I laughed at this: ““No, she got clingy.”

    I can’t help but giggle. Daniel tries to frown, but he knows it’s funny. Every so often we’ll get one who’s been reading too much vampire romance, who gets a ridiculous crush on one of us and expects to be loved and protected in return.”

    Is your manuscript in Scrivener?

  • sknicholls

    Ha, ha! I so totally relate. Formatting is not my forte. In fact, one of the reasons I hired an independent publisher with my first ebook was because I don’t grasp it and when I just started submitting to agents (thinking I would go the traditional route) I got twelve different interested agents wanting it 12 different ways…I said F this…and self published through an independent press. I only had to submit my Word file to him…he did the rest.

  • ReGi McClain

    Heh. 🙂 I like the jab at vampire romance novels. 😀

  • Emily Witt

    Snorfle. Vampire groupies! Love it! All these romantic vampires must drive the real ones crazy.

  • Christina Olson

    I understood the font and the spacing part – but that totally lost me after the widow control. What the heck is widow control?

    Great snippet. I loved the part about caffeine and doughnuts. I know, traditionally, that vampires are only supposed to be able to survive on blood and can’t have anything else – but I always wondered how they handled going to dinner parties and what not. I mean you can’t sit there and not eat. People would get suspicious after awhile. And there is some amazingly delicious food out there. It would suck not to be able to enjoy any of it. I really like that your vampires are able to do so 🙂

    Also the line about vampire romances made me smile as well.

    • Adrian

      Just FYI…it’s orphan and widow control and has to do with the last line on the document. If widow control is on, there will not just be one line of the paragraph on the previous page. It’ll move down with the next page. With widow control off, that one line will remain on the previous page.

      • Kate Sparkes

        I thought it was something to do with lonely little words at the top/bottom of a page, but darned if I could figure out how to work it. Turns out that “control off” is the default setting. Whew! 🙂

  • kathils

    I love this. Definitely worth pursuing. Please, jab away at sparkly vampires and the silly romances they have. *shudder*

    Did you get your formatting woes figured out?

  • Adrian

    I love looking at old pieces and seeing that they’re not total crap! yay! I have nothing to add to everyone else’s comments. Yay for jab at vampire romances and yay for real vampires and caffeine.

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