WIPpet Wednesday: “Goblins be damned.”

It’s time again for WIPpet Wednesday, the brain child of K.L. Schwengel. Click here to join in or to see other writers’ WIPpets.

This will be the last excerpt from “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” for a while as I’ve just sent it off to my critique partners.

Here’s this week’s math: 1+1+12=14. Some background: Maddy and Michael are on the run from Knabb, the goblin master, and his horde of goblins. Maddy’s fire magic is down, so they’re defenseless. And now, Maddy has just fallen down a ravine and injured her ankle, and Michael has climbed in after her. Things are looking pretty grim.

Here are 14 sentences from “Good Old-Fashioned Magic”:

He rested his cheek on her head. “Whatever happens, remember this: I’ve been falling hard for you since the first time I saw you. Goblins be damned. I’m crazy about you, and I want you to know that.” He took her face in his hands as he kissed her again, slightly deeper.

“Me too.” She mentally kicked herself. He’d just run a goblin master through with a fireplace poker and followed her into a ravine. Now wasn’t the time to hold back. “Ever since our first date.”

“Before then,” he insisted, so stubbornly he forced a smile out of her.

The full moon shined down on them, and despite the cold, warmth surged through her. She kissed him, this time slow and deep. Even in the chilly darkness, she could feel the dim light of the stars bearing down on them.


Lastly, a midweek ROW80 check-in:


1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Added changes and corrections to second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” and sent it to my critique partners. Planning to spend the rest of the week doing character background for “Haunted Kisses.” I also have some plot stuff I have to figure out before I move forward, so hopefully I can sort that out this week and put some serious words on the page next week.

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. One of three books read. Started reading Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat.”

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. On track to meet this goal.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal, though I missed last Sunday’s check-in due to a migraine. Ugh.

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Met for Monday, not for Tuesday.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along?

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24 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: “Goblins be damned.”

    1. They have a little bit of time–and a ravine to attempt to climb out of–before he catches up, but it’s hard to escape the goblin master for very long. He’s a pretty clever guy. Thanks for commenting, Kate. 🙂

  1. “He’d just run a goblin master through with a fireplace poker and followed her into a ravine.” Well if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. 😉 A great scene to give a moment of tenderness before…well, there are goblins around and they have a way of spoiling all the fun.

  2. Lovely snippet Denise. I could feel the tension build as they expressed their feelings. Well, and showed them also. 🙂 I love that you’re reading Save the Cat. I’ve heard nothing but great things about that book. Yours truly needs to read it also. Thanks for the reminder my friend! 🙂

  3. I like your goals Denise. Glad that you’re managing to meet a load of them.

    Nice excerpt. Made me go ‘Ahhh’. I’m glad they’re able to tell each other how they feel, even if it isn’t the most auspicious of times! 🙂

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