WIPpet Wednesday: Prince Neal

It’s time for another installment of WIPpet Wednesday, the blog hop that gives writers a chance to share excerpts from their works in progress. The only stipulation is that the post must somehow relate to the date. Click here to cheer on fellow WIPpeteers.

I’m keeping it short this week. Here’s today’s math: 1+1=2. Here are two paragraphs from “Be True.” Prince Neal has found himself torn out of his world and pulled into ours thanks to a spell with unexpected consequences.

It was cold. That was Neal’s first thought as he woke up. Snow flakes drifted gently down, covering his chain-mail and the sleeves of his black tunic.

He was sitting on a bench in a grassy area surrounded by black roads and strange-looking buildings with large windows.

Midweek ROW80 check-in

Writing goals

1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 2,873 words in “Be True.”

2.) Read four books on the craft/business of writing. 3/4. No progress. I’m thinking of revising this down to three books instead of four to give myself more time to focus on the new-adult workshop I’m taking this month.

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

Social media goals

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Wednesday, not for Monday or Tuesday.

2.) Blog twice a week. On track to meet this goal.

3.) Comment on three-five blog posts daily, Monday-Thursday. Goal not met.


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21 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: Prince Neal

  1. Sometimes, nyou do need to readjust your goals a bit downward. Don’t fret about the three books, instead of four; you’ve read three books you hadn’t read before, yay!

    I’m following you on Twitter, and so I know you get there sometimes. That’s good! 🙂

    1. Exactly. I want to give this workshop I’m taking as much of my time as possible, so that means one fewer craft books. I can work with that.

      Thanks for the Twitter follow, Tammy! Looking forward to interacting with you on Twitter. 🙂

  2. Oops, poor Prince Neal. That was one incredibly effective spell Abbey cast! I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes, fish-out-of-water (or prince-out-of-kingdom?) stories are so much fun. 😀

  3. Ruh-roh. Chain mail and snow sounds miserable. I imagine it’s going to get much more miserable pretty quickly, too, given that he’s so far out of his element.

    Culture shock is a major reality here in AK. I love exploring it in writing. 🙂

    1. Yeah, it’s not the ideal situation. Part of the fun of writing these types of stories is getting to see our world through a fresh set of eyes. What does pizza taste like to someone who’s never eaten it? How must a car look to someone who’s never seen one? That sort of thing. Definitely fun to write.

  4. I like the snippets of stories you put in your blog. I want to do the same for mine; have flash fiction pieces and short stories. At some point, I’ll work up the nerve to do so.

    1. Thanks! I look forward to reading your flash fiction and short stories. If you’re looking for a great community of writers, be sure to check out the WIPpet Wednesday crowd. The blog hop was founded by author K.L. Schwengel, and everyone is really supportive. Best of luck!

    1. Yes. I’ll try to share more next week so readers learn a little more about Neal’s situation. He’s been torn from his world and into ours, so there’s lots of confusion on his part. Thanks, Alana!

  5. We both have characters that are out of their element this week…

    I hope Neal gets out of the cold and snow before he starts to rust in his chain mail….

    Maybe Abbey could help him….

    1. There’s something about a fish-out-of-water story that’s just plain fun. I love getting to see our world through the eyes of someone who’s never seen it before. Neal will eventually get Abbey’s help, though not right away. Let’s just say she won’t be able to leave him out in the cold for long. 🙂

  6. I love these kinds of stories. How frightening, but also thrilling. I do hope he meets the girl before he freezes to death. Maybe skip the whole freezing to death thing altogether.

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