Tuesday, August 27, 2013

WIPpet Wednesday: "Something Like That"

The WIPpet Wednesday blog hop gives authors a chance to share snippets from their current Works In Progress. Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting!

Happy Wednesday, WIPpeters!

My wrists continue to flare up at the most inconvenient times, so my WIPpeting may continue to be sporadic for the time being. Kinda stinks (for me at least), but at least you know I'm with you in spirit. Or something like that.

Ok, the WIP. This comes from book 2 in My Solar-Powered History series for kids. The title of the book is What Hurricane?

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We made our way up a ladder to the deck. We squinted in the sun and saw that the ship was still anchored next to land. Some men wen were carrying cargo on board and others were climbing up the ropes and poles that shot up toward the bright sky. “What ship is this?” I asked my brothers. I tried to remember what Dad told us before he programmed the machine. A supply ship to Jamestown. Admiral Somers, my great-great-great-grandpa, or something like that. And what had Dad said about a big storm?

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As you can figure, the Otis boys have some excitement coming their way. Stay tuned...

And now that the WIP is out of the way (that was 8 sentences from page 8, by the way, it being the last Wednesday in August and all), how about something really fun? This is a video fellow WIPpeter Regi McClain helped me make for my Beloved Daughter audiobook pre-order campaign. I'm including the version with bloopers - this one's a lot more fun, in my opinion.



Speaking of Audiobooks: If you want to help me raise the funds I still need to pay the audiobook narrator, I'd love to invite you to my kickstarter page.

Random Fact: I was at a youth retreat once growing up where a flash flood left thousands of us stranded in a college basketball stadium all night with no electricity.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like adventure's a-brewin'! :D

    Sorry to hear about your wrists, though. I don't imagine there's really a convenient time for that, eh?

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    1. I guess it's better now than right before a book launch or something. :) But yeah, there's nothing convenient about this!

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  2. Glad you could make it this week Alana. :-)

    As for your WIP extract - great place to stop! Sounds like the boys are going to have a great adventure (if a little scary).

    Ah so that's what Regi looks like... with a butterfly mask on of course. :-)

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    1. :) Yeah, love the mask. I don't know why the video came out so choppy. Should have checked before I put it up. O well. Hope you're doing well!

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  3. Poor you with your wrists. That really sucks. :( Anyway, great excerpt. I really got a good sense of the place you've set the story, good atmosphere.

    Love the video - just want to see Regi's face... :)

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    1. Hehe, Regi's just like that. :) I've known her for years and still haven't seen her without the mask... ;)

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  4. Looks like those boys are gonnna have some fun!

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  5. Oh, I agree, sounds like adventure is coming up. You'll have to forgive the editor in me, but quick fixes. You have "were carrying" and "were climbing" but you could gain the same effect with "carried" and "climbed." Just my two cents. :)

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    1. That's the sentence that jumped out to me too, Jae. Thanks for pointing it out!

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  6. An ill wind does blow.... Watch out, young Otis boys. :-D

    The video is doing an odd thing... playing, but not playing any sound. Bummer... You look like you are having so much fun together. :-D

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    1. Don't know what happened in the video. Sorry. :(

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  7. You're putting children in danger!?! On PURPOSE!?! Alana! Have you lost your mind? =0P

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    1. Enh... It's all in their imagination...

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  8. Oh! That video was so fun to watch! It's great to see faces put to names! Also, I have always enjoyed your profile picture Alana, because you are just so happy and jovial in it, and it's uplifting :)

    "Ahoy mateys, there be adventure brewin'! Arrrrgh" Just had to say that, the Otis boys brought it out of me! They also reminded me of Muppet Treasure Island, because that was a great movie!

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    1. Haha, we like the Muppet Treasure Island too. :) thanks for the kind remarks!

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