This is my first foray into #WIPpet Wednesday, the brain child of K. L. Schwengel. I feel like I did when I peered down at the pool from the high dive the first time. In order to feel just a tiny bit more secure, I’ve pulled 8 sentences (6 for June +1 +1 for the date) from a novel I’ve played with for a few years now. My protagonist is a young woman in 14th century Paris, who has just opened a message.
Christine remembered how Estienne had looked at the church door. He had not smiled, and his hands trembled, but his eyes met hers with kindness. The breeze had ruffled his dark, curly hair, and lifted tendrils of Christine’s hair to reach toward him in concert with her thoughts. Her mind wandered as the priest said several prayers, although a phrase pierced the fog now and then. She blushed at the mention of children and grandchildren. Finally, Estienne put his family ring on each of her fingers in turn, rubbing the inkstained one with a smile, before replacing it firmly on the one carrying the vein to her heart. His hand was warm, and so solid she could remember its touch ten years later.
Her hand cramped, crushing the parchment, driving its edges into her palm. How could he be dead?
WIPpet is a blog hop, the links to which are here.
And for something completely different, my ROW80 check-in. It is the brain child of Kait Nolan, who describes the challenge here.
After paring down my goals, and focusing on a different project, the words are coming, at a drip, but I’m very glad to see them. It helps to write about my childhood, even though, as I have always said, the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. I’m learning what to write and throw out as an exercise in catharsis, which has no place in the memoir.
I’m managing to keep up with meditation and the simple yoga poses, which is helping to diffuse the stress of the day job.
I found, to my amazement and dismay, that I had begun over a half-dozen blog posts that were moldering in my drafts. I’m very glad to have found them, but horrified that I forgot all about them *facepalm*. It is past time that I should do some serious housekeeping on my blogs! The upside is that after reading through them, several more ideas have surfaced. Also, my moribund blog is still receiving hits, so I need to pull the plug and direct my few hits to the main blog.
ROW80 is a blog hop as well. Please go check-out the participants here.