ROW80, WIPpet Wednesday

Round Four, Check-in 22 and WIPpet Wednesday

I disappeared for a few weeks from the Round of Words, due to finishing NaNo (and winning), followed by illness and accompanying overwhelm. Today, I woke in full curmudgeon, having slept badly and not long enough, and essentially grumped through my day.  Some who know me well are thinking, “What’s new with that?”  and I must agree.

The difference is, as I tidied my office at the end of the work day, I was flooded with the urge to write. After days, and weeks, of forcing myself awake in the morning darkness to put pixels on the screen, I carefully fed the kindling to the flame and enjoyed the warmth of the words flowing through me. I do not often write at night, but I am now, and the feeling is simply glorious.

I have been writing prompts and thoughts and just about anything that comes through my mind with the abandon of someone first acquainted with the ability to transcribe one’s thoughts into words. I don’t know if this lovely feeling will last, but it is reminding me of why I get up in the dark to squeeze words out of my brain.

My last post about my goals was about some baby steps I was taking, leaving my comfort zone. I am going to take another baby step today, by posting an excerpt.  I used to contribute to WIPpet Wednesday long ago, and will post something for it here. I hope to continue to write snippets for it.

WIPpet Wednesday is hosted by Emily Wrayburn. The rules are quite simple–the length of the snippet has a mathematical connection with the date.  For example, for 12/12, I am adding all four numbers in the date and posting 6 sentences. This snippet is set in 14th century Paris, where Christine, a widow running her own copy shop, receives a message.

Christine came into the shop to a buzz among the copyists and illuminators, quickly dulled when they noticed her in the doorway of her office.  Anastasia brought over a folded sheaf of parchment, written in a dense hand. “A new poem from Eustache Morel, on a familiar topic.” Christine glanced at the pages, seeing her own name in the verses. Her mentor would not debate politics with her, but had sent a poem of praise.  Her irritation at being seen as a woman was shot through with the warmth accompanying being seen as a woman.

If you want to read more snippets, go here for the links. Also, if you are a writer, consider joining the group, who are supportive and helpful folks.

As for my RoW80 goals, I am doing reasonably well on the health and organizing goals, but not so well on the writing goals. The day job should calm down a bit, as it is finals week, but I am traveling before Christmas and may be doing all my writing longhand and not online.  I will share in the next Round, I promise.

Writing Goals:

Write one blog post every week. Nope

Write three pages of fiction every week. Yes.

Write five pages of nonfiction every week. Nope.

Health Goals:

Walk forty minutes a day. Yes

Use the standing desk at least three hours a day. Yes.

Keep up with medical appointments. Yes, although it really is unpleasant when the medication makes one sick!

Organizing Goals:

Create project folders for each writing project. Yes, with projects multiplying like wire hangers behind the closed doors of closets overnight.

Create a coloring book profile for each character in the novella. Yes, and beyond!

I’d love to hear how everyone is doing in this space between holidays and sliding into Winter Solstice. I myself can relate to my Celtic forebears begging the sun to return.

14 thoughts on “Round Four, Check-in 22 and WIPpet Wednesday”

  1. I like “written in a dense hand”. Can really picture what it looks like!

    Congratulations on winning NaNo!! And for keeping up with most of your Row80 goals!

  2. What a wonderful feeling, having the words flow! And your description of it is lovely.

    I hope you’re feeling better, and I hope the words keep flowing!

  3. There is some absolutely lovely description in here. And congrats on NANO. It was my first year, and I discovered very quickly just how very difficult it is to accomplish.

  4. What a sweet snippet, Elizabeth. (I certainly get the confusion in her feelings!)

    And I’m not sure now… should I apologize for dragging you out when you felt sick for lunch and gab, or just be glad you didn’t suffer extra for the trip? About those blog entries…Mike posted in his last check in about how things had slacked off on his end, and I realized, he’s right. But the answer isn’t to demand more others, but to lead (sort of) by example, but demanding more of myself. Yeah, I may have a life beyond my writing, but I want to write for life… 😀

    Want to join me?

    1. Oh, I’m glad I got her confusion. I’m going to have fun with her relationship, because, well. . . you’ll see 😀
      And no, you do not need to apologize. The lunch and gab took my mind off my headache, so it was very welcome.
      My plan is to be blogging better soon, because I miss it, and it helps me find more words. I used to think blogging got in the way, but I don’t think so any more.

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