About a week or so ago there was a thing that went around on Facebook showing someone’s study reward system. Basically they had put candy bars after every chapter – which is pretty clever. Unfortunately since my classes are done online, and I have an ebook instead of a text book, I can’t really do that.
So I’ve been giving myself a 5 to 15 minute break to write instead. 5 minutes after every section is finished, 15 after every chapter is done. And maybe an extra 5 to 10 depending on how well I do on the end of chapter quizzes.
I’m pretty proud of myself for thinking of it. If I hadn’t, I would only be able to write on Saturdays – and I’d probably go crazy as a result. The only downside is that with my writing being broken up, it’s hard to stay focused on one story. I’ve been bouncing from Descendants to Undying Ones, from this fanfic to that fanfic, or from tidbit to tidbit. But at least it’s something.
Anywho, it’s Wednesday. So that means it’s time for another WIPpet snippet!
I’ve been working a bit on scenes for a future book in the Descendants this week. I blame that entirely on seeing Suicide Squad and Terminator Genisys this weekend – both of which star Jai Courtney, who I’ve cast in my head as the romantic lead for the series. It really didn’t help that Terminator also starred Emilia Clarke, an actress I sometimes picture as Vivian (with her natural hair color – not the pale blonde wig she wears as the mother of dragons)
Since today is the 31st, here are 4 paragraphs from that scene I’ve been tinkering with. Because it takes place far in the future, I’ve left out names to prevent spoiling anything. It’s also pretty nano rough. Even though I could picture it perfectly in my head, it just didn’t want to transfer to paper well.
“I’m sorry,” Vivian said. “For yelling at you downstairs. Since this whole mess started, I’ve just been so focused on myself – just trying to survive – that I didn’t stop to think what it must have been like for you. How it must have felt to see me going out with other guys … you must hate me.”
“I don’t hate you.” He sighed. “I wanted to, but I couldn’t. I was mad for a long time though. A very long time. Especially after how things ended. But I’m just as guilty for this mess as you are. I shouldn’t have tried to keep you there. You made it clear from the beginning that your priority was getting yourself and your friends back home. And I shouldn’t hold your behavior from when you were younger against you. As frustrating as it was… you had no idea who I was. How could I expect you to uphold a vow you hadn’t even made yet?”
“Vows that we lied about to begin with. We never stood in front of a priest remember? You just said we were married to protect me.”
“Right.” He glanced away, his jaw line shifting as he clenched his teeth together. She wondered how much longer she would be able to see his jaw for. He already had a fine layer of scruff covering his cheeks and chin. She didn’t mind as long as he kept it under control, it was just strange to see him transitioning back to his old self. Like a snake shedding it’s skin, just in reverse. “Just… whatever happens, between you and me, just know that I will always be there for you. I love you. Always have. Always will.”
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