Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Old Friends...

I confess, I haven't written very much this week. I did get some writing done last week, mostly on that other project, and then on Thursday or Friday I rediscovered my Nook. It had been packed away in one of the bags we took with us on our trip to Washington. While charging it I remembered I had loaded it up with a bunch of books prior to leaving on said trip, and sat down to see what was there, and... well... the rest is history!

I demolished Dragonwriter in two days. It was a lovely book containing some beautiful anecdotes and memories about Anne McCaffrey, who was one of my favorite authors growing up. However, I have to warn you that reading it while pregnant is NOT a good idea. Thanks to pregnancy hormones I cry at anything even remotely moving right now (Like commercials, or the last half of Once Upon a Time's midseason finally) and this book turned me into a red eyed and red nosed mess.

After that I started on Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. I loved the Parasol Protectorate series, and the Finishing School quartet is set in that same world - only about twenty years earlier. The only downside is that the Finishing School novels are shorter, so I read through them like that *snaps fingers*. They also, sadly, are released about a year a part, so once you finish them, you have to wait and wait and wait... But, thankfully, Gail Carriger has a new series starting next year, that's also set in the same world, only twenty years (give or take) after Parasol Protectorate.

Currently I'm rereading The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I first read it in junior high, and it's one of my go to books when I want to read something but I don't want to read something new (The Dragonriders of Pern also falls into this category.)

Work is going quite well. They finally moved my coworker and I over to the new project, and we've spent the past couple of days in training. Our old boss still likes to bother us here and there, but we should be moving desks to a different location soon.

The baby is growing. The first trimester ultrasound went well, and the baby is normal... and a little bit of a diva. It cooperated with the ultrasound tech for about ten minutes, just enough for them to get the measurements they needed, and then promptly turned it's back on the tech - and no poking or prodding from the tech could get it to turn around again. It is very much our child! Only another month or so till the next ultrasound, when we can find out what it is, and stop calling it 'it'.

And now for WIPpet Wednesday!

Since today is 3/12/14, here are twelve-ish sentences from my fanfic, Between Two Worlds. This scene takes place in chapter 16 (well before Norah and Domick have their kiss). A mysterious woman approaches their stand at the faire, wearing clothing that Domick has never seen before (though it's actually typical garb for most of the belly dancers at the faire I go to... and it's really damn comfortable to wear even if it is a lot of layers!)

Anywho, on with the show!
It was shortly after noon when a woman dressed unusually, even by Pembroke standards, approached the booth. Her gown was loose and long and black. Slits ran up either side of the garment to her waist, revealing that she wore striped pantaloons underneath that billowed around her legs as she walked. A short red vest and a matching belt topped off the ensemble, holding the gauzy material against her body. Her hair hung down behind her in a twisting mass of rope like tendrils. 
“Hello,” She leaned against the counter, messing up the stickers Domick had recently sorted with her long, wide sleeves. “Is Norah here?”
“That’s me.” Norah introduced herself. “What can I help you with?”
“Fancy sent me. She said you’re a dancer and might be interested in joining our merry band.”
What could the mystery woman be up to?

To see more WIPpet Wednesday posts, go here.

17 comments:

  1. Ooh! I wonder what Norah's response to her will be.

    I used to play with a group that did Middle Eastern music, and we had belly dancers. I always wondered if the outfits were comfortable. :)

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    1. They can be pretty comfy, and some of the outfits I've seen my friends wear are quite stunning!

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  2. Nice descriptions - I had a great visual of this woman and the casual confidence as she looks for Norah! And congrats about the baby - at least it sat still for the measurement part...

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    1. Thank you!

      It helps that I am basing the character on a friend - and on several dancers that I have met at Faire over the years :)

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  3. Babies in utero are more 'themselves" than a lot of people give them credit for. I remember when we had to get an amnio during my pregnancy for the Boodle and he started trying to capture the needle.... He did it twice and only because they caught enough fluid between the two draws did we not find out if he'd have tried again.

    And he still incredible curious and aware of things going on around him.

    As for the WIPpet... I love the way you show this new woman's steady manner and casual approach.

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    1. Oh Jesus! That's funny and scary at the same time! Does he have a healthy respect for needles now?

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    2. Oh, definitely. Of course, he gained that after his first set of vaccinations (that's one thing they don't tell you about ... how horrifically painful it is to be asked by the pediatrician to assist his nurse in holding your child down so that he can be given a shot in each one of his limbs... yeah, four shots, 11 vaccines at once). After that, it took our son about two years before he even wanted to see his doctor (cried as soon as we turned into the driveway).

      And I'm not saying this to discourage you from getting your baby vaccinated, just letting you know how brutal some things can seem.

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  4. Nice! I love seeing this world through Domick's eyes.

    I sympathize with the baby hormones. There are lingering effects well after baby is no longer a baby, I've found. Nothing quite as dramatic, but I still have to hide in the kitchen during the sniffly parts of kids' movies. It's very annoying. The worst was actually a few months after I weaned my last. I'd been pregnant or lactating or both for 9 years straight and the transition back to normal was brutal.

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    1. Thank you! Domick is quite a fun character to write!

      The other thing that shocks me is just how tired I get! I fell asleep yesterday in the middle of the hockey game at 8 o'clock - though, we had had a long day looking at model homes!

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  5. I love this description "a twisting mass of rope like tendrils". Pretty much the whole description of the dancer is very fluid and alluring. As it should be.

    Anne McCaffrey will forever remain my all time favorite author. My Dragonrider books are so worn, pages slip from the binding when I open them. F'nor and Canth rocked my world. I really wish they would get a move on with the movie version...then again...they could totally wreck it and that would be a shame.

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    1. Thank you! It's surprisingly hard to figure out how someone who has never seen dreadlocks before would describe them.

      A couple of my Dragonrider books are like that as well. I also have a few that have torn covers (I didn't take very good care of my books when I was younger!) I loved F'nor and Canth as well, though I think T'gellan is probably my favorite dragonrider. I was always sorry he didn't get more page time.

      I wish they would finally get the movie started as well, but I know that Anne wanted everything to be perfect, and I'm sure her children will be the same way. And frankly, after reading the synopsis of the TV show they were trying to do, I don't blame them one bit - that thing was horrible! Kylara, Lessa, and Jaxom were all the same age and best friends, and all were taken as candidates! It was very WB ish.

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  6. I need to find more time for reading. You're making me jealous! Glad to hear all is well with the baby. It's funny how some of them are cooperative and others not. I hope you catch it on a good day if you want to see whether it's a he or a she! I know some babies are modest and make it difficult. :)

    Great description of that outfit. I've never seen one like it, but I think I'd know it if I saw it now.

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    1. I hope we catch it on a good day when it comes time for that too. The ultrasound tech suggested drinking a coffee or soda before hand so the baby would be more awake.

      Thank you! It was a bit hard because there's so much involved in those costumes, and while I might know what every piece is called - Domick doesn't. This new character and her outfit are based on a friend, and I hope I did it justice.

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  7. Annalise always rolled aaway when they tried to do most anything to her (although she was high risk,so we had monthly chances to know her
    secret" before she got here). The really never could measure her or get a good shot at her heartbeat.

    She's got a mind of her own, she's physical, and she still likes taking risks!

    That's a very visual WIPpet. You transported me so well, I'm still itching to put those stickers back in order! =)

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    1. While I'm not high risk, I am higher than normal risk thanks to the fibroid, low progesterone, and other issues we had during the first trimester. As a result I've already had four ultrasounds even though we're only three months into the pregnancy and I'll imagine I'll have several more before the kiddo is born.

      Thank you! I think it helps that I worked Faire for so long :)

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  8. Dammit, I really need to read me some Dragonrider books.

    Interesting snippet! The strange woman seems totally chilled and not bothered by the fact that she apparently looks unusual to those around here.

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