Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WIPpet Wednesday: "What're You Reading?"

Hi guys, happy Wendesday! My WIP is coming along, my wrists are holding up, and the snow is
already melting. Weird, I know.

In honor of January 14, here are 14 sentences from page 14 of my work in progress. Kennedy is the main character, and this is the scene where we get to meet Reuben, her lab partner in college.


“Wichaeading?” Reuben mumbled through a mouthful of pizza. When Kennedy wrinkled her nose at him, he swallowed noisily and asked again, “What’re you reading?”

Crime and Punishment,” she answered, showing him the cover. “It’s for my Russian lit class.” Reuben was already hacking at his Jell-O with a spork, and Kennedy guessed it would be her job to hold up the conversation for a little while. “It’s about a young man who decides to kill this old lady …”

“Pwnvoker,” he muttered.

Kennedy squinted for just a moment while she tried to translate, and then she nodded. “The pawnbroker. Right. So, you’ve read it?”

Reuben held up two fingers. Kennedy was impressed. Even when she found a book she really liked, she never had time to re-read anything.


One of these days, I'll write the based-on-real-life romance novel that explains how I wouldn't have met my husband if I hadn't ever read Crime and Punishment, but today is not that day. (I did blog about it at one point if I remember right.)

Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from the current Works In Progress.

Random Fact: Crime and Punishment was the very first present my husband-to-be ever gave me. It was also the crux of our very first disagreement. Yes, we're nerdy. And yes, we're perfect for each other.


  1. haha ain't that the truth, no time to re-read anything! Great excerpt, definitely getting more of their personality each week.

  2. Aww. I think it's kind of cute that you added Crime and Punishment to this story. =0) Slightly gaggariffic, but sweet in its way. And I like the mouth-too-full speech.

  3. Hahaha! The talking-with-his-mouth-full thing is so funny. My eyes bugged out when he indicated he'd read Crime and Punishment twice. I couldn't get through it once!

  4. So frustrating when you want to reread something and don't have the time! Love the excerpt, and I kinda feel for Kennedy: it really does take some effort to figure out what someone talking with their mouth full is actually saying...

  5. Pretty much I agree with everyone else. I never read a book twice and even when I want too! I love reading excerpts that shines a light on the character, definitely gets you pumped to reading the entire story! Great excerpt!

  6. Looks like I'm in the minority. I re-read often. There are several books that when I'm in a funk, can't seem to find anything to dive into (even though my TBR pile is huge), or I'm just...you know...it's like watching a movie for the umpteenth time. Although, I will admit, I often don't read the entire book. Just the dog-eared parts that are my absolute favorite.

    Love the excerpt. It's very real. I can plunk myself right in Kennedy's chair with her.

  7. Nice! I like the interaction between these two here.

    And I too am in the camp of the re-readers. :) Which is why I find it so hard to get rid of books ...

  8. The only book I tend to reread is A Christmas Carol at Christmas time, and only because it only takes me an hour or so to get through it. Actually, more recently I've been listening to the version read by Patrick Stewart, which is glorious... sorry, kind of rambling, there.

    I really like the form this chat takes, with Kennedy having to translate and Reuben using signals while he's chewing.

  9. Stranger in a Strange Land - just read it for the nth time a few months back - and I have others I re-read, too.

    I wanna know all about your personal Crime and Punishment story.If we hadn't both taken jobs at the Grand Canyon, this New York girl would likely never have met her Oregon spouse...

    I love the characters here, and the way they interact. This line painted an extremely vivid and slightly comical picture, for me:

    " Reuben was already hacking at his Jell-O with a spork, and Kennedy guessed it would be her job to hold up the conversation for a little while."