Not Sure… But Prepared Anyway

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It’s WIPpet Wednesday, a friendly little bloghop where writers post small (often random) samples of their most recent Work In Progress for your (and our) enjoyment.  The only rule we have (besides being nice and constructive when we comment on each other’s work) is to make our snippet somehow involve the date in the post.  Most of us count the number of lines or sentences we post (sometimes using convoluted maths to do this).   Sometimes we use the date as a theme…

Today it’s maths.  Taking the first three numbers of the date, I added the first two and subtracted them from the third for three…  three paragraphs from a backstory section of Singer of the Swan Song, book two of the Swan Song Series.

He didn’t know why, but Ytramli did not like the sound of Cleansed.  The girl was a princess, more so, she was the heiress…  There was nothing about such a person that could be considered unclean or wrong, at least not in his opinion.

Besides, anyone who laughed the way Atyriia had, cried as she had…  To become so silent.  What had been done to her?

He gathered up a handful of the ointments and vials he thought he could spare easily and brought them out to the main room.  Yes, he would probably have to return the rest, but maybe he could also plead his case to the Healer and be allowed to keep them.  Maybe…  Ytramli wondered if perhaps not bringing the items would be seen as further theft or if he could persuade the women to allow him a few… a few for the journey he knew he needed to make soon.

And that’s pretty much it for me this week.  A shout-out and cheer to our hostess with the mostest, KL.Schwengel at My Random Muse for maintaining the WIPpet Wednesday.  If you’d like to find other WIPpeteers, this is our linky.

Some trails lead to everywhere... (a cemetery near Kenilworth)

Some trails lead to everywhere…
(a cemetery near Kenilworth)

One last bit…  there is no ROW8 check-in today.  I’ve adjusted my schedule bar on the side to show the change, but I wanted to explain why I chose this.  Time is a part, of course.  It’s easier to read (and write and schedule) a shorter post that doesn’t involve an update.  Not to mention, I’m always being told to write what I like to read.  I prefer to read posts that focus on one topic.  I don’t mind links to extra directions I might want to explore, but I like the  cowtrails to be a bit more self-directed.

It took me some time to figure this out, and I’m still not sure this is an all or nothing thing for me.  Sometimes a meandering post can lead me to wonderful creative insights into the blogger’s mind and then to character development and then…

But for now, I’m going to try this new way of doing things and see what happens.  And I’d love your perspective on how it works out.  Thanks!

14 responses to “Not Sure… But Prepared Anyway

  1. Oh, I want to know more about the fix Ytramli (whose name, by the way, still makes me giggle!) has gotten himself into here. And I’m completely in agreement with not liking the sound of Cleansed….just icky.

    Personally, I prefer to separate my posts (at the moment, I’m doing three on Wednesdays and Sundays, for exactly that reason; it’s not as monumental as it seems, because I use and adapt a template for the regular features, and try to schedule them ahead when I can). I also like to read them one topic at a time, so I think I’m going to love the change…

    But most important is whether it suits you – cause I come here for you, and a happy you makes me smile….

    *looks under rocks, and behind tabs, searching for ‘Listii…* Nope, no ‘Listii here this week!


    • Can’t have ‘Listii every week… he likes to dole his story out to me piecemeal. Though he considers Ytramli one of his best friends… so maybe it’s good this way anyway? (and yes, sometimes I still giggle about the name too)

      Well, I’ll see how things work out then. It seems like a nicer way of doing posts in the grand scheme of things. I just have to get in the habit of planning ahead… something I’ve never been that good at.

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      • I hope it works for you. And I’ll try to be patient…seems like maybe there’s a Vulcan I could play with, while I wait…


        • I’d say go play with the Vulcan if she’s suggesting it… I hear those Vulcans can be pretty ornery when they get upset. Don’t worry. I’ve been told that ‘Listii should be back here soon.


  2. Ooh, wonder what journey he’s about to go on and why he’ll need the supplies.


    • He knows… but he hasn’t told me yet either. (yes, I’m a pantser, of sorts… I know where he has to be by the nd of the book, but not all the details of how he got there.)


  3. Oh, how sad. 😦 It makes me think of some medical stuff, the way she stopped showing her feelings, or of trauma. I hope Ytramli can help her.

    I also wonder about their relationship. It seems like he has her on a pedestal, but I wonder if it has more to do with her position and how his culture views that position, or with his personal experiences with her.


    • It is a cultural thing… and the fact that he knows his mother really cares for the girl too. I think both Ytramli and the girl are going to have a lot of problems before she laughs or cries again.

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      • I like that you have that element in there. It’s so foreign to most Americans but it was so common up until, oh… the Roman Empire fell, I’m thinking, and it took a long time to peter out.

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        • And it still exists in some cultures… In this case, it just seemed to evolve naturally from the people in the world telling me their stories.

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  4. hey there! I tried doing ROW checkins once a long time ago, but it just didn’t seem all that interesting for me to post! Anyway, I don’t mind when bloggers do include updates. It can sometimes be encouraging to see everyone else hammering out their goals! Just wasn’t for me.

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    • I can understand that. It’s not for the interest factor though, at least as far as I see things. It’s for the community it involves. And, I guess it can be something of a personal challenge to make it interesting too… sort of like a State of the Union address. :=D


  5. Eek. Agreed on the sound of “Cleansed.” Not good. Meep. Curious to know what the situation there is, and about this journey thing, too.