Hello and welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop wherein writers share an excerpt from their current WIP that somehow relates to the date. To join in, simply click the blue linky up there to the right.
I think Thursday was the only day I wrote anything this week. I really want to still be done with revisions by the end of January to start writing again in February, but I need to find motivation. It’s been stupidly hot again this week but it has been raining today so maybe it’s cooled down a bit. I am a bit envious of those of you in extreme cold. I can deal with cold.
I got new glasses today! For the first time in six years. You can see them on my Insta. One of my colleagues told me I look like a proper librarian now. 🤣 They’re a lot bigger than what I was used to, but whoa, all the depth perception I didn’t realise I was missing! Everything is very 3D now. It took a bit of fiddling to work out where I needed my work computer with them, but I figured it out.
I do feel like I need to create a new public social media profile picture now. My current one doesn’t even show a real book. It’s a prop version of the sports almanac that features quite heavily in Back to the Future II. It’s literally just the cover. The photo was taken on 21 October, 2015, aka Back to the Future Day and it was the closest thing I had to a photo of me reading. 🤣
For my WIPpet this week, I have 23 lines from my Scrivener document. This is a scene that takes place on Ria’s first night as musician in a pub which is currently called The Sailor’s Arms, which I think is an appallingly dull name for such an establishment. I really want to change it to The Kraken’s Tentacle but I can’t decide if that’s too far the other way and too comical… what do you think? If you were a bawdy sailor, would you drink and sing sea shanties at the Kraken’s Tentacle?
Anyway, either way, Ria’s got a job there and this is her first night and she has a good time. No, Paul is not the love interest (that’s still Alex, whom you’ve met in many a previous WIPpet, though it has been a while), but Paul’s a regular so he and Ria do get to know each other.
A few of the patrons cheered and clapped as they heard the music, and one even got up to dance. He tried to use the space on the rug near the fire, but those sitting there soon tossed him out. He climbed onto a table and continued there, much to the enjoyment of his friends. I grinned, and upped the tempo, waiting to see if he could keep pace with me. After a minute or so of that, it became a competition. Would my fingers give out first or his legs? Or the table?
Eventually, the sailor waved at me and stopped his wild movements. I struck a few final notes and then finished the song. The dancer was breathing hard but his friends applauded. He sat down on the table and extended his hand to me.
“Paul,” he said.
“Ria,” I replied, shaking it.
“Haven’t seen you around here before.”
“Tonight’s my first night.”
“But you’ll be here again?”
One of Paul’s friends clapped him on the back. “Buy her a drink, mate!” he said, and winked at their friends surrounding the table. Paul rolled his eyes and I saw him blush.
“Sorry about them,” he said. “But, um… would you like a drink?” His blush went two shades deeper. I shook my head.
“Thanks for the offer, but I need to stay sharp,” I said.
“Of course,” he said. “I guess you can’t play like that if you’re drunk.” He nodded to my left hand, still around my violin’s neck.
It’s all fun and games until it gets out that Ria has a magical gift and prejudiced people start yelling at her. Paul is not one of those people, though, you’ll be glad to know.
Have a great week everyone! I’ll get to your blogs on the weekend.