WIPpet Wednesday: “No harm ever came from reading a book.”

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?

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24 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: “No harm ever came from reading a book.”

  1. Whenever I hear quotes from The Mummy I have a terrible urge to yell, apropos of nothing, “Amenophus!” …I may love that film a little too much.

    Oh, Abbey, “what could a little spell hurt?” sounds remarkably like famous last words to me. And standing *anywhere* barefoot in winter sounds… distinctly unpleasant, actually. She must be very determined to try it…

    1. LOL. I love “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.” Lots of action, great characters, and some really hilarious bits of dialogue. Maybe it’s time to re-watch them!

      I’ll say this: Abbey is definitely going to get more than she bargained for. 🙂

  2. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.” At least that’s the first one that comes to mind. *g* From Bull Durham, btw.

    Intriguing snippet! And congrats on all your progress. 🙂

  3. “just for kicks” suuuuuuuure. If that’s all it was, I’m sure she could find an alternative activity that didn’t involve being barefoot in February.

    Nice work on the goals so far this week!

  4. Oh she’s totally hoping it will work. I would be, too. I mean. Come on. Barefoot in February? Heh! Sounds like a fun story set-up. Also EXCELLENT choice of protag name 😉

  5. Clearly she has never heard of the threefold law.

    And the Mummy is a fabulous movie! So many great characters and scenes and lines. I think I’ll have to look it up on Netflix when I get home!

    1. Nope, she’s definitely a neophyte in the world of magic.

      I know. It’s got action, adventure, humor, a touch of romance. I enjoy both “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”

  6. No more fateful words were ever spoken than, “A little bit of *harmless* magic.” I foresee interesting consequences. And referencing the Mummy gets you huge bonus points. 😀

  7. “They are not the hell your whales.”

    This delicious line from Star Trek IV:The Voyage Home gets me every time! Spock trying to figure out those ‘colorful metaphors’ humans of the 1980s seem so prone to, while readjusting to life among the living….cracks me up every time! he thinks he’s got it all figured out…but no.

    It’s a most delightful Vulcan fail…and then there’s the line at the end, when he finally does get it right – “One damn minute, Admiral.”

    I haven’t seen The Mummy,but may add it to my list after all the recommendations here!

    This snippet oozes with the juxtaposition of Abbey’s cluelessness and the foreboding clear to those of us who actually have some idea of all the ways this could go disastrously wrong….

    And, as always, great progress on your ROW80 goals! =)

    1. Great line! I strongly recommend The Mummy. It’s got a little bit of everything–adventure, romance, action, comedy. It’s definitely a lot of fun. And the sequel, The Mummy Returns, is just as much fun in my opinion.

      Have a great week, Shan Jeniah!

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