Hastor Wit — a WIPpet/ROW80

Time again for another (short!) WIPpet.  As we’re grinding through week two of NaNoWriMo, I’m making this post a short one so I can get around to visiting everyone else’s blogs and get my daily 2K words done (and I’m having some issue with that).

But first a quick….

ROW80 check-in

The words are coming! The words are coming!

I feel kind of like that should be my second week cheer for these Writing Month events.  As I’ve stated before, I always start slow.  Things are building steam now in my head, and I’ve managed a few sprints and even a small write-in of sorts.  I don’t expect to write every day.  I used to think I had to, but…  no, I need a personal Sabbath of sorts, a day when I can just relax and enjoy being with family or a good book or… silence.

I need a day when my thoughts are just fine in my head without the pressure of trying to make them presentable to other people.

I also usually take a day from trying to write anything for my stories so that I can keep up with people here and at their blogs as a sponsor and fellow ROWer.  It’s slowing the wordcount down some, but it’s not interfering too much.

I’m writing.

How about you?  Are you getting those words written this week?  Are you finally finding your creative groove?


As I said, this’ll be a short “pet”, just six sentences.  How’d I get six on the 13th of November?  Simple maths…  11 (November) 13 became 1+1+1+3…

Of course his reasons for disliking the Harnii were different from Val’s. To say the history between the Harnii and Hastor Houses suffered from grief and bloodshed would be comparable to saying the sun rose in the morning and set in the evening and that it would do so again tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. Though Alanii hadn’t heard of any recent incidents of killing from either side in his lifetime, he knew from Val that it was only because neither House made a point of announcing such things.

As Val had said without a touch of his usual acerbic wit: “A lot of their men drown in the river round this time of the year. A lot of ours run off and get knifed by some whore’s keeper.”

See why I love the Hastor?  Love, love, LOVE ’em!

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.

18 responses to “Hastor Wit — a WIPpet/ROW80

  1. Sounds like a VERY nasty feud. Don’t they get sick and tired of fighting each other after a while??!!


    • Some do… Of course, a few real world examples could be Northern/Southern Ireland or Israel/Palestine. It’s not like every Harnii wants to destroy the Hastor or versa vica, but there are enough who won’t let the grudge die to keep things heated up every few years.


  2. I love that last quote. Hee, hee.


  3. I really loved the last line in here from Val. You definitely love setting up your history and your characters, like spinning your own little world that the reader can become familiar with and when they close the book, have to remind themselves that what they read was just fiction. You’re a great writer!


    • Sorry for replying so late, Sarah. I know I wrote a reply to you (and to Tia as well) on Thursday, but somehow it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

      Thanks though for stopping in and your very kind words. That’s super-high praise (and definitely the effect I’d like to achieve… a story that people want to make their own fanfictions from, etc.).


  4. Love that last line. So much in one piece of dialogue! Wishing you all the best with your progress. So far, my muse is sticking with me for NaNo. Crossing my fingers she doesn’t flee before 50K. 😉


    • I hear that bribing one’s muse with chocolate and warm chai lattes does wonders for the prose…. It’s not as great for the hips though. 🙂

      Glad you liked that last line, Tia. It definitely says a lot of about these people.


  5. “a day when I can just relax and enjoy being with family or a good book or… silence.” Oh my goodness, that sounds divine. How can I make this happen?

    Congrats on the word flow! Keep ’em comin’!


    • It does sound divine, doesn’t it, Sione? As for how? Well, for me it usually involves a lot of scrambling around the day before and the day after to get all the stuff done I was supposed to do on my ‘Sabbath’. And oddly enough, it’s still worth it it.


  6. It says a lot about the family feud going on here that fighting is as expected and regular as the sun rising and setting. I like the simile. 🙂


    • They expect it because they almost seem to want to expect it… You’re right, ReGi. It does say a lot, about both families. And poor Alanii, related to one side and with dear friends on the other.


  7. Yup, good quote. Funny how this week we both provided philosophical excerpts about the nature of war. 🙂


  8. Ah, yes….

    The season of ruttings and drownings. =)

    I love this bit. As far as I can see, it’s only missing one thing.

    ‘Listii. ;D

    May i have some, please?


    • No ‘Listii (except mentioned second-hand by either Alanii or his father) in Courting, Shan, sorry. But when November’s over, I’m going to set aside what I have written for the NaNoWriMo and go back to the other books. And there’s a LOT of ‘Listii there.


  9. A personal sabbath is a great thing, but I find that even on the days I take off from writing, my brain still keeps working at it 😛

    Congrats on all the progress for Nano!

    I loved Val’s comment at the end there. It definitely made me giggle 🙂


    • I think you’re right, Christina. The brain is always working on our ideas… What I’ve noticed is that it actually tends to work even better on the days I take off (and the days that follow).

      And thanks! (Though I’m not quite sure a giggle was what Val was going for… 😉 )