Mirrors? — a WIPpet/ROW80 post


Reflections On Ingenuity

Reflections On Ingenuity (Photo credit: mjp*)

Oh, it’s been one of those Wednesdays.

I had more fun figuring out my WIPPet maths than figuring out a piece of story to post.  Despite making some more progress (finally) on the Swan Song Series, I still spent more time working on my fanfiction the Was Long Variation.  So here are eight sentences from that (2 to the power of 9 equals 512; 5 plus 1 plus 2 equals 8):

He knew he took longer getting ready than the queen wanted. Though he admired the view in the mirror as she started her shower, he re-braided his hair in silence. And he didn’t try to look too close. The woman’s expression could have made his old friend Chaz flinch, and near nothing had affected that man.

While she filled the bath with steam (his own shower had been much cooler), he took another peek into her room to verify something he thought he’d seen before. He asked as he headed to his own room, “Mirrors, your highness? Nice bed you’ve got.”

Behind the shower curtain something clattered to the floor, but the woman said nothing.

Warm hugs ( especially in this weather)  to K.L.Schwengel for maintaining the WIPpet.  Head over to our linky to visit all the WIPpeeters!

ROW80 Check-in

Work In Progress

Work In Progress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Progress!  Real, definable progress!  Yay me!

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  hit this one everyday so far; l I even started work on the Swan Song Series again
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song  no progress on Courting, but I added a scene to Chorus (working name); at least I’m back in the series again
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) on a consistent schedule check
  • maintain active sponsor participation I still need to write my sponsor post; I’m caught up on other sponsor duties; I’m dedicating this Saturday to the sponsor post; the rest of this week is too crazy to focus on more than gathering pieces together for it
  • energize myself with more physical activity some Tai Chi and extended posture work; made a point to add extra stair walking to each day
  • reclaim my writing space tossed some papers, sorted through some others
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) emptied inboxes and spam folders on all three email accounts
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  LOTS of hugs and minor progress on catching up with people

Looking over this list, I want to add one more goal, mostly because it will help support several of the other goals.

  • attend two #row80 sprints on Twitter a week and one other Twitter sprint or chat

There’s something powerful about success.  Now, time to work on momentum….

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26 responses to “Mirrors? — a WIPpet/ROW80 post

  1. Steamy stuff, Eden. Makes me wonder exactly what the relationship between the two of them is.


    • *giggles* At this point there isn’t much of a relationship. The queen healed his injury and had him sleep in the next room to make sure the healing worked right. That may change though…


  2. Sounds like you’re making progress on your ROW80 goals. Your WIP sounds intriguing. I have a serious weakness for anything fairy-tale-esque (can I make that a word?). I’m curious to learn more about your story.

    I actually just started learning tai chi this year. It is much harder than it looks. I’ve had to watch some of the videos a few times before I started grasping the flows, but it’s worth it.


    • Fairy-tale-esque space opera…. that’s what this fanfiction is. Don’t know if that appeals to you, but if it does, I’ve posted other pieces of it here, and I’m thinking of posting the whole thing eventually, if enough people enjoy it. I just want to write a good story…

      Definitely! I tried taking Tai Chi at the Y for a few classes without “prep”; it was… humbling. I’m working at home with videos for now. 🙂


  3. Intriguing excerpt, Eden! *g* What kind of fanfic is it?

    Looks like you’re doing a good job spending time on all your goals. I have regular phases where I get kind of lopsided, spending all my time on one thing. But sometimes that’s necessary too.


    • Thanks, Ruth. It’s a fanfiction based on an 80s cartoon called Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. But I “merged” my story worlds into that universe… Actually, the reason it’s called the the Was Long Variation is because it started as one of those ‘collaborative stories” that Shan Jeniah and I wrote way back in high school. Hers veered off toward the stories she’s been posting now, and mine… toward what I post. And though we don’t trade notebooks anymore, this is part of the Response Folder soap operas. 😉

      And you are so right, Ruth, about how focus shifts. Have a great week.


  4. Hmm the queen sounds like an interesting woman. Sometimes silence is the only appropriate response. (I don’t suppose she has her fingers in her ears *la la la*…)!


  5. More ~warmmhugs~ here too!


    • Oh, definitely for you, AmyBeth. It’s practically the Arctic where you are (though I’m sure ReGi has us both beat in Sunny Alaska).


  6. Mirror, mirror, on the…ceiling? Interesting excerpt. 🙂 Love the last line.

    Good work on those goals!


  7. Yay for progress! Here’s good wishes in maintaining the momentum!


  8. I’d be interested in exactly why the mirrors are in that particular location…


  9. Nice! This excerpt definitely makes me want to read more. I have so many questions, which is a good thing! 🙂 Great progress too, very inspiring.


    • Feel free to ask away, Chloe. I can’t promise I’ll answer (sometimes things give away too much), but where I can, I will.

      And thanks! Hope this has been a great week for you too.


  10. Tsk, tsk, peeking in a lady’s bedchambers. 😛


  11. Yay, you!

    The Queen is an interesting person. She always was, even when she drove me nuts, vicariously. That guy with the braid’s not too dull, either…(yes, I know, not-‘Listii, but I won’t prematurely “out” him…

    One thing, and it’s probably because I’ve been living in Tacivaarii heads lately…I’m utterly missing a sense of smell here, and I think scent, and the man’s response to it, would add a layer of richness, and maybe tension or soothing, to the scene.

    Otherwise, I love it.

    Source of your t’ai chi videos, please? I’m wary of going to a class just yet, because the weather is playing havoc with my tricky knee, but I would love to get back to it.

    On the plus side, Jim made progress on cars, and -knock wood – no one here appears to be getting sick….so maybe next week (when I am also hoping to get Lise to the skating rink and the NYS Museum….later in the week, most likely.

    I’m so glad we had those response folders. They were mightily embarrassingly wretched little affairs, but, oh, such good stuff got itself conceived there…including a not-quite-matched pair of writers. =)

    Maybe that’s what high school was for?


    • Yeah, it’s “that” guy, not my dear ‘Listii. Though, yeah… he definitely has his charms too.

      I had (and hadn’t) thought about the scents thing. In some places of the narrative, I definitely added some, but I usually only added it where something changed or drew a specific character’s attention. But here… you’re right. There would definitely be scents to note, even if it’s the scent of her soap.

      As for the Tai Chi videos… I borrowed a few from the Bethlehem library.

      Cars… bleh! don’t talk to me about cars…

      But I’m wit you on those response folders. They were so terribly, awfully bad… But they were, in many ways, the best things for me at the time. Now… what they were for you, that’s probably another story


  12. Good on you for nailing down so many of your goals! And so much the better that you picked goals that matter. Laughing, hugging, sharing: We’d all do well to set these as goals, and then, like you, meet them.

    Very cool, this.

    Also, I really liked your fic post. In a short scene, you communicated a lot of character. Nicely done, Eden.


    • Thanks, Joe. Feel free to borrow or steal those goals for your own life. As far as I’m concerned, having more laughter and joy in the world is a good thing.

      As for the snippet, thanks. It’s my “sandbox” story, but… I try to achieve some distinction of voice in any writing I do, even those works that I write just for play.


  13. Well this is a rather intriguing and steamy little scene, particularly that last line. I personally found your extract more fun than getting my head around your WIPpet maths…