One of my favorite movie lines is “No harm ever came from reading a book,” from the movie “The Mummy.” Of course, as anyone who’s seen the movie knows, a great deal of bad can come from reading a book, as the characters soon learn. Today’s WIPpet is in the same spirit: an old book, a curious mind, and impending chaos.

Here’s an excerpt from my WIP “Be True.” Abbey Travers is cleaning out her great aunt’s attic when she finds a book of love spells. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, she toys with the idea of attempting a little harmless magic.

For those who aren’t familiar, WIPpet Wednesday offers writers the chance to share excerpts from their works in progress (WIPs) on their blogs. The only stipulation is that the snippet must relate to the date in some way. Today’s math is simple: four paragraphs for March 4.

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From “Be True”

It was insane. But then, it was only for kicks, Abbey told herself. What could a little spell hurt? She’d have her fun, have a good laugh, get some entertainment value, and then allow the spell to find its completion in her story, bringing Anastasia and Prince Neal together for good.

She grabbed a butterfly bookmark and marked her page, not daring to dog-ear the well worn, slightly brittle paper. There was a new-age shop in town, run by a woman who claimed to be able to read tarot cards and tea leaves. Tomorrow, Abbey would stop by and pick up the ingredients. Then she’d stand barefoot in the Massachusetts winter in mid-February and perform the ridiculous spell.

Just for kicks, she reassured herself.

She lay awake for hours, thinking about her story, wondering why her aunt had bought such a strange book. Picturing the chivalrous Prince Neal, his dark eyes gazing into hers.

A midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 3,593 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. Continued rereading “Plot and Structure” by James Scott Bell.

3.) Do morning pages in journal Monday-Friday. On track to meet this goal. These pages are quickly becoming a vital part of my creative process.

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.

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


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What about you? What’s your favorite movie line? How are your projects, writing or otherwise, coming along?