WIPpet Wednesday and a Midweek ROW80 check-in

Welcome to another installment of WIPpet Wednesday, the blog hop where writers share excerpts from their works in progress (WIPs). Since every WIPpet must have something to do with the date, and since today is the 18th, here are nine paragraphs from “Stolen by Magic” (1+8=9). Click here to see other WIPpeteers’ WIPpets.

Some background: Gwynn, bard of the Seelie Court, has just tried to escort lost human Laurel Cabot through the portal in the faerie realm and back to her world. Unfortunately, the portal won’t work. I should also add the Beltane is the name of his horse. 🙂

“It should’ve worked.” Something flashed in his eyes, like a realization dawning on him. A curse escaped his lips.

“Hop on,” he said, quickly mounting Beltane and offering his hand.

“Where are we going?”

“To Vanarra, to get some answers.”

“Vanarra?” The name was all too familiar—I’d heard Granny mention her adventure there more than once. “The city, home to the Seelie Court?”

“That would be the one. “ He sounded surprised. I guessed most humans weren’t familiar with faerie realm geography—but most humans weren’t witches, from a long line of magical adventurers.

“What’s in Vanarra?” I asked.

“Home,” he grunted. “Home—and answers.”

He gave Beltane a firm kick, and we were off at a canter, heading toward Vanarra.

Midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 1,999 words in “Stolen by Magic.” Second draft is finished!

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. No progress to report.

Social media goals

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

2.) Blog twice a week. Goal met! Did a cover reveal for Patricia Josephine yesterday and today’s WIPpet/ROW80 check-in post.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. On track to meet this goal.

Life goals

1.) Do yoga or tai chi or meditate three times per week. 0/3.

2.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. On track to meet this goal.


A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop! Click here to cheer on fellow participants.

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Fantasy & paranormal romance author. Witch. Tarot reader. Possibly a woodland sprite. Debut release TANGLED ROOTS now available. Magic awaits at www.denisedyoungbooks.com.

20 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday and a Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. Your main character seems fun and from a very fun family. I think Gwynn might underestimate her and pay for it. 😉

    Congrats on finishing the second draft! Keep up the awesome.

  2. Congrats on your progress!

    Nice excerpt, with lots of action. One minor suggestion — you might want to consider renaming the horse, given how important Beltane is in Celtic mythology. Being steeped in it myself, the name struck me as something equivalent to “Easter Sunday” 🙂

  3. Congratulations on finishing your second draft and your progress!

    I really enjoyed your snippet, and I’m guessing that’s not the only way Laurel will be surprising Gwynn…

  4. Glad you told us ahead of time who/what Beltane was. Nice scene. I agree with the others, I think Gwynn is in for many more surprises.

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