WIPpet Wednesday: Oh, Dangit Edition

Hellooooooooo! WIPpet Wednesday again, where we WIPpeteers share a snippet from a work in progress that relates in some way to today’s date, and then we all get into our jammies and have sexy pillow fights.

Wait. No.

It’s just the sharing part, and also linking our posts. Sorry about that.

I think I can get around to everyone’s posts this week, which means I get to participate, hooray! If I can just find something from my current WIP (Torn) that’s not too spoilery…

Okay, here we go. I guess the fact that Aren’s in the book isn’t a spoiler. Here he’s speaking with someone who has challenged his ideas about the appropriate uses of magic. Not the first time he’s heard the arguments, but this guy is really getting under his skin…

4 paragraphs for 1/21 (1+2+1)

My upper lip curled. “You have no idea. I believe that you’re educated, that you know much about magic. But you’re sheltered here. What do you know about the world I have to survive in?” Every conversation I’d had with people who disapproved of my skills crowded in on me, fueling my anger. “You can’t possibly—” A wave of dizziness hit me, and I sat down on the bed. “What did you do?”

He didn’t respond, but watched me as he traced his finger over the rim of his wine cup.

I shuddered as a cold sweat broke out on my face. “You son of a–”

The world went black.

So there you go. For more WIPpet fun or to join in on your own blog, visit the linkie thing here. And thanks as always to our host KL Schwengel, who fears neither the reaper nor the rewrite.

You go, Schwengel.

ROW80 Update

Edits on Torn just keep rolling on. I’m getting through a few chapters a day right now, but I’m getting close to a big challenge. I’m not going to go into details, because a) spoilers, and b) I don’t really feel like pulling back the curtain and revealing the machinery that makes my books work. Let’s pretend it’s all inspiration and fairy dust, and the stories just fall from the sky complete and unchanging. It’s not like planning and building a castle! It’s like uncovering an artifact!

Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

I may or may not have the house to myself for a few days this week, which means WORK! YAY! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through Difficult Thing #1 before the family gets back, leaving only (mostly) in-depth line edits and Difficult Thing #2 to get through in the next few weeks.

And I’m actually looking forward to the significant-yet-compact challenge of #2, so there you go.

So… it’s hard work, but it’s goin’ goooood.

Was that vague enough for everyone? Yes? Okay, then.

Oh, and I HAVE COVER ART. I can’t stop looking at it. SO pretty. I keep looking at it when I need motivation to keep editing. *sigh*

It’s only about a month until the cover reveal…

For more from ROW80 participants (A Round of Words in 80 Days to the uninitiated) or to learn more about the event (program?), click here.

So tell me: How’s your week going?

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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

26 responses to “WIPpet Wednesday: Oh, Dangit Edition

  • Fallon

    ‘Let’s pretend it’s all inspiration and fairy dust, and the stories just fall from the sky complete and unchanging.’ Yes, let’s pretend. *ignores all the drafts that need to be edited.

    And…poor Aren.

    • Kate Sparkes

      Yeah… I’m so torn between wanting to show how hard editing is (to encourage others who struggle with revisions and the idea that it SHOULD be easy) and not wanting to ruin the magic for readers. Hmm.

  • K.S. Norton

    I think something disastrously just happen. This someone play on an emotional topic, purposely? Hmm 😉. My week is going okay-okaish. Seen greener days, the last couple of days were warm, so outside time for the kids and more peaceful writings for me.

  • Jessica Minyard

    What? No pillow fight? Crap. *goes to change out of jammies*

    Also, I’m pretty much waiting quite non-patiently for that cover. *grabby hands*

  • Amy

    Darn…I was looking forward to the pillow fight. Had my pajamas and everything.

    That was quite a snippet. Poor Aren! It’s vivid, though, the way the other person is just doing this subtle thing and having such a huge effect.

  • ReGi McClain

    Yeah. Pillow fights are fun. Well… Amy can always come here and we’ll pillow fight. Though, I can’t guarantee sexy. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be sexy at all. Uproariously funny, probably, but not sexy. And then we could eat popcorn and chocolate and watch Labyrinth.

    Poor Aren. It sounds like he’s dealing with an ignorant show-off. I can relate. Always a ton of fun.

  • Jae

    Great snippet! Lots of good tension in such a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve finally stated my Row80 goals, so hopefully I’ll have progress to report next week. 😉

  • shanjeniah

    I’m in for sexy OR non-sexy pillow fights!

    I’m doing my first revision-to-plan now. I’ve been working on it on and off since March of last year. It’s very slow going, and sometimes I think I’d rather have a tooth abscess..but the results!

    Oh, the story is so very much better – almost, it’s a whole new book, built on the bare dessicated skeleton of the original….

    Delusions of godhood, you say?

    I say, what delusions? I create REALITY (OK, fictional reality, but still!).

    I love the way you created this scene….my skin crawled a little as ‘he’ caressed his wine glass, and Aren paid the price….

  • L. Marie

    Ohhhhhh snap! You are great at tension!!! What a scene!

  • Abigail Erynne

    The best part is the incomplete cursing. It’s so frustrating when you don’t even get the chance to verbalize your personal feelings before you’re mysteriously knocked unconscious. Damn.

    Also, I would totally be up for the pillow fight, especially if Labyrinth and chocolate are involved.

  • kathils

    Aren! No! Ahhhhhhrrrrrrrgggggggg Poor baby. Come here. We’re having a sexy pillow fight in our jammies.

    Oh…I bet you meant the WIPpeteers and not me and Aren, didn’t you? My bad.

    “Fears neither the reaper nor the rewrite.” I think that should be my new tagline.

  • Gloria Weber

    I did the math today and I’m done editing 41% of my manuscript and I have been at it for 12 days. I want to feel impressed, but I’m not. The fact you have a pretty cover to spur you on is enviable. Can’t wait to see it! Keep up the hard work!

  • Christina Olson

    I am all for hanging around in my jimjams! Though I don’t think you want to have a pillow fight with me – I have one of those tempurpedic memory foam pillows and that thing is HEAVY! It’d leave a serious mark if I used it on anyone.

    Interesting snippet. What did he do to her? I’m assuming some sort of drugs or spell were involved.

    And if the cover art is anything like the cover art for Bound I am sure it is gorgeous!

  • Ruth Nestvold

    “Let’s pretend it’s all inspiration and fairy dust, and the stories just fall from the sky complete and unchanging.” — This got you a LOL!

    Nice excerpt, ending on a nice hook.

    Looking forward to your cover art. 🙂 I really want to use your cover artist someday, if I can only figure out the project she would be appropriate for.

  • Beth Camp

    Please, please send me some of that fairy dust!

    Your snippet catches such conflict and ends with oh-my-gosh, what will happen next! Exactly right! Sounds like the fairy dust is working.

  • Pax Asteriae

    Oh dear Aren, that doesn’t seem good… (Understatement, eh?) I’m looking forward to finding out more! 😮

    Yay for shiny, inspiring cover art!

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