Happy Hump Day everyone!
How is your week going? I am SUPER excited for the weekend, because I will be visiting the West Coast (Victoria, British Columbia.) This also means that I am very, very busy these days, since I will have to write and schedule my upcoming blog posts and also clean my house for my dog-sitter. (To my dearest WIPpet buddies: I may be late in reading your snippets this week but I promise that I will get to them eventually!)
As for Camp Nano… I was able to reach my goal of 50,000 words, but my novel is nowhere near done! I suppose my plan is to continue plugging on for the month of August… (while trying to fend off the other shiny ideas bouncing around my head with a silver sword)
WIPpet Wednesdays is a blog hop where writers can share a snippet from their WIP (Work in Progress). The only stipulation is that the excerpt is somehow related to the date.
Be sure to check out some of the other lovely WIPpet snippets here. Thank you Emily Wrayburn for hosting.
My current project is a new-adult contemporary novella titled Together We Will Live Forever (tentative.) Olivia is a neuroscience grad student and an aspiring artist. Matt works at the art gallery and lives with his daughter, Zelda.
While visiting his family, Matt spends the Saturday texting Olivia:
Matt flips open his phone again. It flashes to life. Olivia’s most recent message is still on his screen.
His smile widens, and he feels warm. For a moment, he is that giddy high school boy again, that awkward boy who had a face full of dimples and pants that were too short for his lanky legs, who, despite all that, just talked to a cute girl. He hangs onto that feeling for as long as he can.
Everything is going well. Everything is going so well. He is happy, not numb, not sad, but happy.
But he isn’t the same boy.
Something is going to go wrong, he knows it in the bottom of his heart. It always does, just when things are going well. Because Olivia doesn’t know him, she thinks she does, she thinks that he is this funny and cool person, but he really isn’t. He’s just pretending to be. And one of these days, she is going to find out who he really is, a fraud. She’s going to see that he is ugly and weak, and that there really is nothing to love.
He lets it sink in, that coldness that seeps into the edge of warmth. It is reason and wisdom, it numbs and protects, it warns and comforts. It is the part of him that doesn’t want to hurt again.
WIPpet Math: Today is August 2 (8/02), 8 x 2 = 16, 1 + 6 = 7 paragraphs
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