Moving right along

Since the two snippets I’ve posted from my WIP have been so well-received, I think I’ll continue posting them.  It’s fun seeing what everyone thinks so far and hopefully the little teasers will help me to create curiosity about the book so that when it’s done, I’ll have lots of people ready and waiting to buy it.

Okay, that’s all a pipe dream, but hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Anyway, I finished writing Chapter Four today and that was when I realized that I never posted anything from Chapter Three.  So, lucky you, you get two bits for the price of one today!

From Chapter Three:

He studied the scenery as it passed.  At home, everything was developed, either for commercial, residential, agricultural, or recreational purposes.  Everything was plotted and bordered and regulated; wildness did not exist.

But here, everything was wild.  The road they traveled was little more than a dirt track through a meadow.  Fields of grain were scattered about here and there, but they were nothing compared to the mammoth patchwork quilt of corn and soybean and alfalfa fields of home.  Wildflowers ran through the meadows like ribbons and chipmunks scurried along the side of the road, trying to avoid horse hooves and wagon wheels.

It occurred to Michael that perhaps this wildness, this unbridled nature, was what had scared him so badly back in the forest.  Nothing is safe here, least of all me.  Maybe I should have listened to Dad after all.

And from Chapter Four:

Those few words took her back to a time when she had been much younger, when she had had this exact argument with her own mother.  Anná suddenly realized that the secrets her mother had kept from her were every bit as selfish as the ones she was keeping from her own daughter, and she knew very well what the result would be if Ramila’s frustration was allowed to fester.

And now, on to Chapter Five!  But first, perhaps a short story, thanks to the inspiration I’ve had from Chuck Wendig and his wonderful Flash Friday prompts

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4 thoughts on “Moving right along

    • Kay Kauffman says:

      Thank you! Intrigued is good! 🙂

      I did one once, sort of. He had a prompt that involved writing something you’d never done before or something like that and I had just finished an apocalyptic horror piece, which is not even the sort of thing I normally read, let alone write. As I scanned through the list of words for this prompt, though, ideas started bubbling. Now I just have to find some time to sit down and work on it.


      • S.Z. Williams says:

        Writing out of your comfort zone sounds like a good challenge, and apocalyptic horror must have been fun. I’m always curious about testing other genres, but even the ones I favor and enjoy try my patience!


        • Kay Kauffman says:

          It was fun, but it was frustrating, too, because what I wanted to do wouldn’t work. My husband helped me out with it and his advice was invaluable.

          I’ve had several comments, including one from him, that I should expand it to a full-length novel. It’ll need some tinkering if I do – it’s written in first person present, which is something else I’d never done (first person – yes, present tense – no), and I’m not sure I could do a whole novel that way. But I’m really proud of that story. It turned out far better than I could have dreamed.


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