WIPpet Wednesday: The Journal

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

How’s the week going for you? Frankly, I am exhausted (when am I not exhausted?) Remember a while back, when I tired myself out because I had a gazillion things to do, stayed up late to get my word count in, caught the flu, and promised to never ever do it again?

Well…

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I did it again.

It just sucks that there are only 24 hours in a day. There really should be more. Or if we could have one of those time-travelling thingimajigies that Hermione had that allows you do to two (or three or four) different things at once.

Anyway! Rant over!

Today’s feature presentation is a snippet from my current WIP titled Together We Will Live Forever (extremely tentative – I am super indecisive about my titles). Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

The thing is, Matt is a private person who doesn’t talk much about himself. And Olivia is curious about him but doesn’t know how to ask. One day, Olivia finds Matt’s journal in his closet. This is one of Matt’s journal entries from several years back:

Anyway, it started on Friday. It probably actually started a bit further back. Amelie’s been having these headaches for a while. I just thought that it’s stress. I get headaches all the time and it gets worse when I’m stressed. So I gave her some of my Tylenol and Advil. She was taking them by the handful. And then she started talking funny, she started using words that are out of place. Like, she’d walk into the bathroom and ask where the oysters are. I figured out that by oysters, she meant her shoes. Then I told her they were probably on the shoe rack. They weren’t, not the yellow heels she wanted to wear that day. So we looked all over the apartment for the pair of yellow shoes, and we had a fight about it because I didn’t see why she couldn’t just wear another pair of shoes. Eventually we found the shoes in the fruit bin in the fridge, and we had no idea how it got there. Except I had an inkling of suspicion that she probably put them there and forgot about them. She did that kind of thing these days. Then I kind of understood why she wanted so bad to look for those shoes. It wasn’t that she wanted to wear them. It was that she was frustrated that she couldn’t find them.

By the way, WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. For example, today I have one paragraph, which is 17 (from the year) minus 16 (the date). It really is a precise science 😉

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

Now I want to hear from you! How do you balance life with writing? Do you struggle with finding THE perfect title for your novel?

Beautiful People (August Edition)

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Happy Friday!

How are you guys doing? My body is exhausted and sleep-deprived, and I kinda want to be like this right now:

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BUT my spirit is feeling inspired. I’d rather this than the other way around 🙂

Beautiful People is a character interview meme hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further In and Cait from @ Paper Fury, which begins on the 5th of every month. Each month, a list of questions is posted for the characters in your story to answer. Feel free to join in on the fun! You can join in on any day of the month!

I will be writing about Matt from my contemporary novel titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Matt is a single father who lives with his daughter, Zelda. He works as an assistant in the Art Gallery of Ontario (one of those peeps who gives tours and tell you about the paintings.) His life changes when he meets Olivia, a neuroscientist who aspires to be an artist.

What are they addicted to/can’t live without?

Smoking. It might give him lung disease one day, but hey, he doesn’t need to live to a hundred.

Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.

Matt is sincere, sensitive and a great cook. He is also easily offended, hates studying, and doesn’t trust anyone.

Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?

His wedding band.

If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?

On an average day, 5. When Olivia comes to babysit, 10.

What most frustrates them about the world they live in?

When you think everything ought to stop and freeze in a stand-still, life keeps on going on.

How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?

Night out: Jeans and a T-shirt. Night in: Sweatpants and a T-shirt.

How many shoes do they own, and what kind?

Two pairs: Faux-leather oxfords for work, running shoes for everything else.

Do they have any pets? What pet do they wish they had?

No pets. If not for his allergies, Matt would very much want a cat.

Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?

His wife, for dying. Himself, for feeling that way.

What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?

The exact amount of groceries to make food for a week. Budget no-name brands are his go-to.

What are you working on? Tell me about your characters! Are you doing Beautiful People this month?

WIPpet Wednesday: Photograph

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After a brief post-Camp Nano slump, I am finding new inspiration to write. The words are coming, slowly but surely. This time the focus is on quality over quantity. I have to remind myself that a few good words worth keeping is better than a thousand words that will need to be trashed.

In today’s snippet, Matt reflects about the day that he spent with Olivia. She was painting Felker’s Falls, her first real outdoor painting, when he snapped a picture of her.

But he wanted her to see that picture and see how wonderful she is. Of course he doesn’t say stuff like that, it’s too cheesy, and the thought of it gives him goosebumps. That’s why he takes photos.

This is a snippet from my contemporary novel titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date. Today’s WIPpet Math: Today is August 9th (8/9). There are 198 characters (98 for the date, reversed, and 1 for the difference between.) As you can see, part of the fun is figuring out the math and making it sound intelligent 🙂

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

How is your project going? Are you a fast writer or do you believe in the slow and steady approach?

WIPpet Wednesday: Reason and Wisdom

Happy Hump Day everyone!

How is your week going? I am SUPER excited for the weekend, because I will be visiting the West Coast (Victoria, British Columbia.) This also means that I am very, very busy these days, since I will have to write and schedule my upcoming blog posts and also clean my house for my dog-sitter. (To my dearest WIPpet buddies: I may be late in reading your snippets this week but I promise that I will get to them eventually!)

As for Camp Nano… I was able to reach my goal of 50,000 words, but my novel is nowhere near done! I suppose my plan is to continue plugging on for the month of August… (while trying to fend off the other shiny ideas bouncing around my head with a silver sword)

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date.

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

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While visiting his family, Matt spends the Saturday texting Olivia:

Matt flips open his phone again. It flashes to life. Olivia’s most recent message is still on his screen.

“Night. :)”

His smile widens, and he feels warm. For a moment, he is that giddy high school boy again, that awkward boy who had a face full of dimples and pants that were too short for his lanky legs, who, despite all that, just talked to a cute girl. He hangs onto that feeling for as long as he can.

Everything is going well. Everything is going so well. He is happy, not numb, not sad, but happy.

But he isn’t the same boy.

Something is going to go wrong, he knows it in the bottom of his heart. It always does, just when things are going well. Because Olivia doesn’t know him, she thinks she does, she thinks that he is this funny and cool person, but he really isn’t. He’s just pretending to be. And one of these days, she is going to find out who he really is, a fraud. She’s going to see that he is ugly and weak, and that there really is nothing to love.

He lets it sink in, that coldness that seeps into the edge of warmth. It is reason and wisdom, it numbs and protects, it warns and comforts. It is the part of him that doesn’t want to hurt again.

WIPpet Math: Today is August 2 (8/02), 8 x 2 = 16, 1 + 6 = 7 paragraphs

How is your writing project coming along? Do you have a snippet to share? If you were a Camp Nanoer, what are your plans after Camp?

WIPpet Wednesday: The Camera

Happy Hump Day!

Look at what happened this weekend, in between the pet store and Costco. Gotta feed the dog, the stomach, AND the brain 🙂

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Some of you may know that I’ve been living off of eBooks for the longest time, so, believe it or not, these are some of the few actual books that I own. It was SUPER exciting to go to the bookstore and see all the books that you guys have been talking about. I was like a kid at a candy store 🙂 I miss that about bookstores and I will do that more often!

Without further ado, let’s get on to the feature presentation. Drumroll please!

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date.

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

In this scene, Olivia is at Matt’s apartment:

It is a camera. An actual camera. Not even one of those compact models that tourists carry. It has huge lenses and a detachable flash unit, like the kind that professionals use.

Olivia stands on her tiptoes and leans towards the shelves, reaching in with both her arms. She carefully removes the camera from its position on the shelf and brings it to eye level. It weighs heavy in her hands. And it is covered by a layer of dust.

“Hey Matt,” Olivia says. “You didn’t mention that you took photos. Now it’s totally unfair and you have four things you’re good at.”

She turns it on. Beep. The screen flashes to life.

On the display is a photo of a woman in a blue hospital gown. She is sitting on a bed with white sheets and grey railings. Beside the bed is a metal pole with bags of clear fluid hanging from it.

Olivia zooms in on the woman’s face. She has long, blonde hair, like Zelda.

WIPpet Math: Today is July 26 (7/26). 168 words. 2 + 6 + 7 = 1 + 6 + 8

Camp Nano Update: Can you believe that there are less than 5 days left!? I am at 46441 words (out of 50000), which sounds like I’m almost there! But really, life is going to be crazy for the next couple of days, so I’ll be lucky if I can squeeze out a few words a day.

And recently, writing’s been feeling like this…

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How has your week been? For the Camp Nano-ers out there, are you ready for a sprint to the finish line? For the rest of you writers, how is your project coming along?

WIPpet Wednesday: The So-Called Lawyer

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date.

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.

My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

This is from a time when Olivia was still dating Rudy:

Rudy’s footsteps slowed as he neared a building on Bay street, one of those fancy condos with glass windows in place of walls. That was when Olivia took the cue to slide into a bus shelter, hiding behind an advertisement for a Canadian bank.

Through the glass pane of the shelter, Olivia watched the so-called lawyer emerge from the doors of the lobby. This time, she was in a bulky sweater that draped over one shoulder and exposed the other, and a pair of short denim shorts. The short short kind.

Victoria.

Olivia’s eyes narrowed. Her heart pounded in her chest. She clutched her phone so tight that she might just break it.

Then Rudy did the unthinkable.

WIPpet Math: 1 + 9 (for the 19th of the month) = 10 sentences

If you want to read more about Olivia and Rudy (waaaaaay before this stuff happened), click here.

Time for a Camp Nano update! I am at 31055 words out of 50000, which means I am on target, if not a teensy bit ahead.

But… I am exhausted. *wobble wobble faint*

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It’s just that I have so much stuff going on! And I want to do it all! There is work and blogging and pole and life AND Camp Nano, and not enough time in the day to get it all done! So because I did want to get it ALL done, I ended up sleeping less, and my health is taking a hit. (Eg. I’ve been having a cold on-and-off for 14 days…) The lesson of the day is: DON’T TRY TO DO WHAT I DID!!

My goal for the second half of July is to take care of myself better. I realized that I probably can’t finish my novel by the end of July even if I reach 50K words, because right now I am nowhere near even HALF done. This may be an end-of-August goal haha…

How is your writing project going? For those doing Camp Nano: how’s that going for you? How are you managing with your Nano/life balance? 

WIPpet Wednesday: Awkward Bear Moment

embarrassed-bearHappy Hump Day everyone!

WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date.

Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Witt for hosting.

My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.

In this snippet, Olivia bumps into Matt at the art gallery:

Olivia’s cheeks turn a shade of crimson red, and she thinks she can very well camouflage with his shirt.

Her instinct is to pretend not to know him and walk away, very, very quickly, to the end of the hallway, because, well, it is possible that she is in dire need of a washroom, which he must be able understand, since he apparently works at the gallery.

But by then, she has already lingered there for so long, staring at him, that it is impossible to deny that she has seen him.

And, to add fuel to the flame, Matt has said. “Hey, aren’t you from my building?”

“Uh, yeah,” She replies. And then it all comes pouring out. “Uh. Sorry about a few days ago. I mean, Saturday. That was super embarrassing. It doesn’t happen with me all the time, you know? I mean, I don’t always get stuck on monkey bars.”

WIPpet Math: It is July 12 and I have 153 words. 1 + 5 + 3 = (2 + 7) x 1.

If you want to read more about Olivia and Matt, click here.

A quick Camp Nano update: I am at 22036 words out of 50000, which means that I am ahead of the game!

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Also, this weekend I’m going to Hamilton, Ontario to do some research for my novel (I’m all for Real Life Research. You gotta get down in the trenches sometimes). By the way, did you know that Hamilton is The Waterfall Capital of the World. Nope, not of Ontario, not of Canada, but of THE WORLD. Who knew?! All you peeps, come to Hamilton 🙂

What are you working on this week? For the Camp Nano-ers out there: How is it going? Do you have a snippet?