Welcome to the Wednesday WIPpet, the day I give you a sneaky peak into my Work in Progress. Showing a first draft snippet like this is a bit like eating raw cake batter. It isn’t what it could be, and it certainly isn’t what I’d serve up as best; but I have fond memories of my Mum giving me a little wink and letting me lick the baking spoon! It’s in this spirit that I offer this WIPpet.
In honour of the 6th (Waitangi Day in NZ), I’m sharing 6 paragraphs from Chapter 6 of my current WIP The Fall of the Kings. Josiah’s wife Alyssa has died a few weeks ago, while Tobias was away on an errand (and before Josiah moved into his new quarters at the Sanctuary). It is the first time the two men have met since Alyssa died:
Josiah walked over to the window and gazed out at the Heartstone as though searching for the answers in its golden heart.
Seeing him in silhouette, Tobias was shocked at the physical change that had occurred in a matter of months. Josiah had clearly lost weight, and his cheekbones were sharp against the dark hollows of his eyes. The lines in his face appeared deeper; but where they once carried a hint of laughter, now grief gouged a physical trail across his features.
A quick glance confirmed the new quarters were as bereft as Josiah himself. The floor and walls were bare stone and the few sticks of furniture – a low table surrounded by a few wooden chairs, and even the oversized mahogony desk seemed insignificant in the generous space. The scrolls scattered across the pitted desk top were the only evidence Josiah used the room at all.
It was in stark contrast with Josiah’s study at the Mill House. But of course the rugs, the cushions, paintings, jars of wildflowers, the cheerful, comfortable clutter were all Alyssa – and there was nothing of her here.
Staggering back against the desk, he closed his eyes as the reality of her loss crashed over him.
‘I miss her too.’
If you’d like to participate in the Wednesday WIPpet, the rules are: post a section of your Work in Progress that has some link to the date. As today is the 6th, 6 words, lines, paragraphs from page 6, chapter 6 or 66 for that matter. Then head over to K.L. Schwengel’s blog and order a copy of First of Her Kind… (Okay you don’t have to, but I think it looks great – just sayin). What you’ll actually find is the linky so you can see who else is sharing their WIPpets – or leave a link to your WIPpet in the comments below.
Have a great writing week!