Damp Linens — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


So, the first week of NaNoWriMo is going full force…. or at half throttle as is the case for me.  I keep having trouble trying to get a sense of what would be a good ending for Courting the Swan Song.  I should be just writing, writing, writing right now, but instead, I keep trying to establish that outline that I didn’t get done before November started.

ROW80LogocopyGood thing I start most Writing Months off slow (and usually like this where I fumble through nearly absent wordcounts) or I’d be worried.

As for the rest of my ROW80 goals….  I’m caught up.  Nothing extra, but maintaining.  I even got my sponsor post written and send out.  Steady the course…

And you, are you participating in the madness known as National Novel Writing Month?  If so, how are you doing so far?


No fancy WIPpet maths today.  You get 11 sentences for the month of November.  And since my sole focus of this month of writing is getting Alanii’s story straightened out (and finished), all excerpts for November will be from Courting (as much as I love pulling bits and pieces in from the other stories in the series, I really need to get this book done; it’s starting to weigh on my mind constantly).

Man getting dressed.

Man getting dressed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alanii blinked at the man stupidly, then turned toward the small window of his room. The filtered glow he’d taken for the early rays of morning light was coming from too high up in the sky to be anything but several candlemarks past his usual waking time. He threw off the thin coverlets and grabbed at the breech-clout his friend passed him, still slightly damp from laundering. He grimaced as he wriggled into the cool, clinging linen. At least they didn’t smell of several days sweat and road grime. “Why didn’t you wake me earlier?” he asked, reaching next for his tunic.

Instead of handing him the blue shirt, the Hastor reached past the door and dropped Alanii’s remaining damp clothes on the bed. “We’ve been trying off an’ on for the past few glass. About two past, Lan was here to check on our day’s plans. You gave him an earful, but you may want to head to the common room before he heads out to clarify some things.” The man’s smirk grew to a full smile.

Have I ever mentioned that I love the Hastor?  Pretty much all of them (well, maybe not the triplet’s father, Valarian, but even he has his moments)…  Good thing Alanii shares my fondness for the family.

As always, a big shout out to K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse for hosting of WIPpet Wednesdays.  For a WIPpet, writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date at the group linky.  Company, comments…  even gentle (or not-so gentle) critiques are always welcome.

12 responses to “Damp Linens — a WIPpet/ROW80 post

  1. I really want to know what he said in his sleep now. =P


    • You know, Adrian, I’m not sure I’d like to know… It might not be nearly as fun as I imagine it was. Alanii’s sense of humor needs a bit of work at this point, I think.


  2. See, I just hate when people talk to me when I’m not quite awake, and then tell me about it later. Poor Alanii. And damp undergarments are the worst!


    • It’s probably a good thing that you aren’t in Alanii’s place at the moment, Kathi. I’m not sure though that Val would be as snarky with you–he’s actually quite girl shy despite his bravado.


  3. I love the names you choose! Hope nano goes great for you!


    • Thanks, Alana. I wish I could say the names are unique. But somehow, after I’d created these characters, I found that they aren’t that unusual. Good thing that’s the way names are… Lots of people can have the same name. It’s who they are differently that matters.


  4. Nice excerpt!

    I’m behind too, can’t seem to hit my stride with this book right now, working on some analysis at the moment to see if I can figure it out. Crossing my fingers for both of us that things will pick up!


    • Thank you, Ruth.

      Things have already started picking up here. It may be a less productive WriMo this year than some (I’m noticing that pain meds really slow me down), but I broke 2100 words yesterday, so… It’s happening finally. Just in time for week two.

      Keep at it! I’m sure you’ll get there too.


  5. Ha, I am waaaay behind on NaNo, and even more behind because I wanted to dedicate time to WIPpet Wednesday WIPpeteers. I love your voice and description in this excerpt and the accent in Hastor’s voice as he speaks. It’s one of those stories where I feel myself drawn in because of the voice in the story, like watching a curious ball of light in the darkness and following it to the source (which is the journey of the story).


    • I love that you have a sense of Val’s (the Hastor’s) voice from this snippet, Sarah. Means I’m doing my job right! 😉

      Seriously though, it’s a relief to know that people reading these pieces are getting personal images of the characters I’ve been writing about. Kind of one of those “Velveteen Rabbit” moments… They’re real.

      Thank you!


  6. My best advice, and this is from someone who struggles to turn off her inner editor, is write. The ending might just come to you as you are writing. I know I’ll have some holes and things to fix when I look back at my NaNo, but for now my only goal is to pump out the best 50K I can before 12/1. NaNo hugs!


    • Tia, you’re absolutely right about the writing. In fact, a session on 750 words along with some BICHOK time worked for me just this Friday. I now have that ending I needed, the main conflict points figured out…a few more scenes that add continuity… I’m still behind on my wordcount (I still am managing to re-check nearly every other word), but I’m happy.

      Thanks for the sage advice and the stop in.