Not Yet, No — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


…and Life in General

I’ve taken my sweet time in returning to my regular blogging projects.  I’m sorry, and I’m not sorry about that.

I have enjoyed this vacation from online things.   It’s given me a chance to catch up on all sorts of paperwork, to rest up from several weeks of lingering ick, and to even get out and about with my family to have some woods walks and leaf-peeping time (great ROW80 Fitness progress here).

Rest Time

Rest Time

Thank you all.

Time to get back in the Writer’s Saddle and start posting and plotting… and finishing some work.

You see, I took a vacation from writing too these past few weeks.  Since the ROW80 ended, I’ve only written a page and a half of story.  I’ve done some mental plotting, made some notes, even sketched some characters.  I’ve written almost nothing.

I’m just starting to feel the pull of the prose again.  The muses are still just smiling and posing, chattering more amongst themselves then targeting me with their affections, but every once in a while I catch one looking my way, and I know that soon the games will begin.  The ideas and storylines will flow faster than the hand can write them down.  The sleepless nights will come as I stay up trying to finish the outline and prep for the NaNoWriMo…

Hesiod and the Muse

Hesiod and the Muse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh, sweet insanity!

For now, I’m just opening the door, offering those ethereal coquettes a place to gather and play and recumb.  Later, once they’ve caught their breath from the trip, I’ll put them to work.

With that in mind, here are my ROW80 goals:

  • Finish an outline of Courting the Swan Song and Singer of the Swan Song by the beginning of November
  • Finish typing in the remaining Phuque.Ewe story notebooks
  • Add another mile to my walking schedule by October 31st
  • Resume Tuesday workouts and resume strength training
  • Now that Photoshop is working again, process 2-3 photos a day and submit at least one to a photography site/contest
  • Finish ROW80 sponsor post by Columbus Day
  • Visit fellow ROWers on sponsor list plus one more Rower each check-in.

A lot of short-term goals, to be sure, but all doable.  And hopefully your goals all are too.


wippetwednesday_zps53e803c0Since this is my first WIPpet since October started, I’m just going with ten sentences from Courting the Swan Song.  Alanii and the Guard have finally made it home safely, only to find that things are falling apart politically for Alanii’s father.  And Alanii’s actions are the reason….

Alanii blinked. He’d felt the thought before his father had spoken it, but to hear it spoken still stung. “I am not turning into a monster, Father.”

“Not yet, no.”

Again the echos of thought and words filled both mind and ears. It was distracting to say the least. Alanii winced slightly. It was looking more and more tempting to have this …talent taken from him, by force if need be. His head already hurt.

What would he experience in a crowd of men?

As always, a ginormous “Thank You” to to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for her hosting of WIPpet Wednesdays where writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date for commentary and consideration.  Feel free to visit other #WIPpeteers at the linky.  Company, comments…  even gentle (or not-so gentle) critiques are always welcome.

16 responses to “Not Yet, No — a WIPpet/ROW80 post

  1. Great little tease of tension. I don’t know why Alanii might be turning into a monster, but now my interest is piqued. 🙂


    • Sometimes I think we all turn into monsters… at least in our parent’s eyes. Though Alanii is a bit more different than average…. and a bit scarier when he lets go. 🙂


  2. I can’t imagine having voices in my head…like other peoples voices that are actually real, my muses are in my head all the time! =P


    • Yeah, voices in my head …. I mean, there’s the constant mental chatter of my muses and characters, but that’s different than imagining all the voices and thoughts of everyone around me. Whatever fantasy and science fiction may portray telepathy as being… I think it sounds as scary (or even more so) to the person who has it as it must to those who might be “listened into”.


  3. Hmm…intriguing. I had to resist the urge to smack his father. Grrrr. “Not yet, no.”

    Good luck with your ROW80 and NaNo goals. I’m staying clear of everything while I try to wrap up some projects before the year end.


    • Yeah… I regularly am tempted to give Alanii’s father a good thwap or two for the way he handles things. But he’s who he is… and “right”, I think, as a character (as in flawed, very human, overly aware of his own perspective and not so willing to accept that his young son might have some good ideas in his head… stuff like that).

      Sorry to hear you aren’t doing the ROW80 this round, Kathi. You know, you could always join in with more limited goals… The NaNoWriMo though? Yeah, you’re probably smart for not doing that. Me? I’m like an addict. I can’t seem to stop myself.


      • I really should do ROW80 because I’m still entertaining the thought of getting a short story done to submit to an anthology by the end of the month. With EMERGENCE off my plate for a while I could *maybe* pound one out. If I could just solidify a plot . . .


        • The nice thing about the ROW80 is how you can adjust your goals to work with the needs of the moment… or close enough. They call it “the writing challenge that knows you have a life” because you design your goals around your life. (Or at least you should.)

          As for pounding out a plot or outline…. Can’t help you there. I’m trying to get myself working on that as well.

          Hope to see you around the ROW one of these days, Kathi. You can join in anytime if you want. It’s just nicer to go the whole ROWnd when you can.


  4. Poor Alanii. It’s not his fault he’s different. 😦 In fact, technically, wouldn’t it be his father’s fault? 😛

    How does one join the ROW 80 thing, anyway? I could use such public accountability, I think. 🙂


    • Well, it’s either his father’s fault or his mother’s… Either way, it’s really not so much that anyone is at fault. He just is who he is. But his father isn’t comfortable with that. His father wants him to be something he can use and control, direct, etc…. and Alanii is a bit too much like him to accept that role.

      Funny how that happens, hmmm?

      The ROW80? Head on over here to the Round of Words in 80 Days page. The sign up is easy… You just blog that you’re doing it with a goals post and link to the most recent check-in post linky. We check-in twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays. We’re a really friendly bunch. (we also have a facebook page, and a lot of chatter and socializing goes on there too.)

      Hope to see you there, ReGi!


  5. If his head hurts now I dread to think how he’d react to an overload of voices/thoughts in a crowd of men. That’s a powerful line that Alanii says ‘I am not turning into a monster, Father.’ Fabulous tension.

    Good luck with all your new ROW80 goals too.


    • Hmm… I thought it was more powerful that his father said “Not yet, no” in response to that line. Either way… these two men have some things to work out.

      Thanks, Kate. I may need luck to keep on track this time. I should never underestimate the power of lethargy…


  6. Ooh, I do love me some family tensions. Would kind of suck being the reason things are falling apart, though.


    • Family tensions happen… Alanii’s father is having issues from more distant relations and at the moment Alanii is taking a bit more of a brunt for those than is fair, but they really love each other. I think things will work out… mostly.