WIPpet Wednesday: Genie on the Doorstep

Happy Wednesday! I’m thrilled to be back. We took a trip to Cooperstown for the baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I’m back, better rested than I was on Monday. But I’m still very, very sore from the sunburn. Note to self: 5 hours is too long without reapplying sunscreen.

ROW80 Update:

Due to travel, I missed my writing goal, and I’m not sure if I’ll get to a blog post this week. We’ll see.

  • Write in Passing on Faith one hour/day: Nope. Missed Saturday and Sunday due to travel.
  • Read 30 min/day: √ Yep! Finished the book I was reading. Go, me!
  • Write one non-ROW80/WIPpet post/week: Not yet. I’ll let you know Sunday.

On to the WIPpet!

For this week, I’m sharing part of Chapter 2. Micah is surveying the horribleness of the house he inherited and wishing he didn’t have to deal with it. I tend to think he’s avoiding dealing with a lot of things at the moment. This is still fairly lighthearted, but the story itself is overall taking a somewhat more angsty turn than I expected. This is a good thing, I think, but we shall see.

My WIPpet math: (7 + 3 + 0) + (1 + 4 – 2) = 13 sentences.

Although he knew he should get to work, that was the last thing he wanted to do. He flopped down on the couch, sending a puff of dust into the air which caused him to cough. Surveying the rubble from his meltdown the day before, he curled his lip in disgust. He leaned back, groaning, and ran a hand through his hair. It would be the perfect time to discover a magic lamp in among the knickknacks. If only he could produce a genie to make everything disappear.

A knock on the door startled him out of his miserable reverie. Hauling himself up, he slumped over to the door and opened it. There stood his new neighbor, notebook and cell phone in hand. This time, Cat was dressed in a vivid orange t-shirt—how he got away with that given his hair color was anyone’s guess, but it looked surprisingly good—and a pair of well-worn jeans. His Converse were the same shade of orange as the shirt. Under the v-neck collar, a thin gold chain peeped out. He still had the same dangling leaf earring he’d been wearing before, and now Micah had a better look, he saw exactly what it was.

I’ll bet you can guess. 😉

Thanks to K. L. Schwengel for hosting, as always. Don’t forget to check out the other entries and add your own. Just connect it to the date (see my math above for an example) and link up with us. Happy writing!

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22 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday: Genie on the Doorstep

  1. Vacations are important. 🙂

    Ah, Micah. Stop wallowing already. Now I’m rather going Cat kicks him a good one.

  2. Lovely excerpt Amy. I liked the way you describe Cat’s T shirt and general appearance. I also love the line about the genie. When I’m faced with a lot of housework (which is pretty much all the time!!), that’s exactly how I feel.. 🙂

    • Ha! I totally need a genie. 🙂

      Cat’s clothes are actually almost a “character” in the story, and that becomes somewhat important later on.

  3. I could get away with a pair of orange Converse tennies, but probably a set of nature-inspired earrings like that would give the wrong impression to our Human Resources department at the company I work for. 🙂

  4. I can guess, too. =)

    He can get away with the orange because…because, well, he’s Cat! =)

    Personally, I love when a story gets more angsty than I expected – it seems to always make for more conflict and deepening.

    On the other hand, the last scene I wrote in my current WIP took a sudden, LESS angsty turn. In this case, that was good, too – there had been a great deal of angst, the third act is about to get underway, and it seems a breather was needed.

    I do love Cat, and Micah, with all his worries and numbness, is growing on my as well….

    Now, about that leaf….

    • I’m always surprised with the turn things take in a story. I started this with a thread of the plot, like a backbone. But after reaching the halfway mark, I saw that a particular theme had emerged that essentially explained everyone’s motive for…well, everything.

      I do adore Cat, and it’s so much fun to play around with what he’s wearing. Even that sort of took on a life of its own. Ha!

      Micah had better be careful of that leaf. He’s a teacher, so let’s just hope it’s only the earring Cat’s offering. 🙂

      • Just say no, Micah….

        I love when I have that revelation about a story. Once, it happened while I was stepping out of the shower. I stood there with one leg half out of the tub, and said, “That’s IT!!!”

        My husband was very confused. He didn’t know I was writing in there! =)

  5. Oh look! A genie in a lamp! Or rather, orange converse.

    So now I’m wondering how closely you’ll follow the original fairy tale. I take it at this point that save number one is going to be fixing up the house. You’ve got me wiggling in my seat a bit to see what Cat plans to make happen for Micah.

    • Hee hee! Yep. But the BIG plot thingy has yet to be revealed. I’m trying to decide how to do that without being too spoilery. In the original tale, Puss creates an elaborate scheme to get the youngest son higher standing. Cat is going to do something a little different but using the same premise. Oh, and you all haven’t even met the “princess” stand-in yet.

  6. Ah, he knew what he SHOULD do, but flop — right into the dust and crumble of that old house. Just as he wishes he could find a magic lamp, the door bell rings! Fortuitous magic! Cat’s intriguing — and not just because of that earring. Nice excerpt!

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