Wednesday means it’s time for the next installment of a WIPpet and a ROW80 check-in to boot. Good thing I prepared for this since last week. We’ll see what happens next week…
In celebration of June, I thought I would add six (June is the sixth month after all) paragraphs following ‘Ssellii and ‘Listii’s departure from home. Remember that, for the moment, their brother*, Val, is actually using ‘Listii’s body.
“So what would you have done if she’d insisted on an escort?” Val asked once they were leaving the main house grounds.
‘Ssellii stopped looking off into the distance, and after looking at her brother, shrugged. “Nothing? Accept it? Suffer?” She raised a brow as she felt the reins get pressed into her hands. “Must you leave so soon?” She looked up to meet his gaze.
Val smiled a touch. Though he was never as vibrant when he’d made the cross into ‘Listii’s body as when he was actually there in person, this smile was less than he could have managed. “I didn’t want Mother to worry more than she already will, but I need to get back. I’ll see you this evening as promised.”
Before she could open her mouth to ask anything she saw the futility of asking him to stay. Already her brother’s face was slackening, the brightness and focus in his eyes fading to the near ever-present half-asleep lidded glaze ‘Listii faced the world with.
“Pull up your chin cup, ‘Listii dear,” she said quietly, looking away from his vacant gaze. Though she knew from the echoes of motion next to her that he’d set to doing as he’d been told, she couldn’t bring herself to look.
It was necessary, she knew it, as necessary as the straps that held him to his seat, lest he fall off. She just didn’t want to look at it, any of it.
She wondered if she could manage to keep driving until Val returned for his promised visit.
However, since that doesn’t actually involve the date as good WIPpet should (and we should always encourage good behavior on the part of our pets around others), let me fix it by giving you all five sentences more from Swan Song. This is from just a bit further on.
Wryly, she realized this sort of thing was exactly what had made Father chuckle when she’d asked him if she might make this season’s market with only ‘Listii as her companion. He too had encouraged her to bring at least an extra armsman to help her with, as she called them, the “little things” But he hadn’t pushed too hard.
She took another sip from the welcome cup, scowling into the beaten brass bowl and the worn tondo of Myékis casting Her mighty blade in the secret of the night. She had no doubt that the man had expected something like this to happen
*I tried to find out if there was a special term for a triplet sibling as there is for twins, but closest I got was “litter mate” and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go there…yet.
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With JuNoWriMo already in full swing, B.U.S.Y…. well, is. Life continues whether words need writing or not. In addition to my regular commitments, I’ve added an extra 1677 words a day, as well as duties as a sprint host and some moderating on the JuNoWriMo forums (not work as I see it–this is one of the nicest bunches of writers I’ve met [and all very nice]… ROW80 level for sure).
It’s been keeping me hopping.
Yesterday, I took some time off from writing to spend it with an old friend who came to visit. I still managed to get in 1517 words before he knocked on the door. Yay me! 😀
The words are coming along nicely. Since Saturday, I’ve added over 7K on the Swan Song series, plus a Sunday blog post that has been reblogged over at Unicorn Bell (I’m pretty psyched about that), some general notes, standard sponsor duties… I missed my Five Sentences on Sunday, but that’s all.
I’ve also been playing WriMo Rebel this month. Though I chose to stay with the standard 50K, I am editing as I go, sometimes even editing older work. My daily wordcount really looks more like 1325 words added/978 deleted.
I’ve taken the camera out for one day since Sunday. Walking… eh, not so much, but definitely some more “get up and move by the desk”. I’m trying very hard to not sit sat my desk too long in a stretch. ROW80 Fitness is as well as can be expected.
So far things are off to a great start. *crosses fingers*
That’s it for now. Why don’t you go visit some other ROWers here?