#WIPpet Wednesday #SciFi 10/18: “Man in the Water”

Another quiet week here, at least thus far, so I’m getting a lot of writing and some backed-up housework done.

This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes again from Surrogate: Traditions, the third novel in the Surrogate Series. 

Here’s my WIPpet math: 10/18/17


35-10 = 25 short, dialogue-rich paragraphs from the chapter titled “Man in the Water.”

The Setup: Etain, Merch, Mary, and Aerachin are trying to find their way out of the palace ruins when Etain runs into something highly unexpected. If you remember, Mary is a Panpobal worker,  an insectoid, the only Panpobal to survive among the ten or so that went into the little room with Etain and Merch.

     “Mama?” An olive-skinned, black-haired Human child of maybe eight years age peeked around an overturned conference table.

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REVIEW: Leaps of Faith by A.M. Leibowitz

Bring your colorful nail polish and your open mind to a delightful collection of human stories… oh, and bring a big box of tissues too, because you’re going to need them.

TITLE: Leaps of Faith

AUTHOR: A.M. Leibowitz

PUBLICATION TYPE: Self-published

LENGTH: 463 pages

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction/ Short Story Collection

RELEASE DATE: 7/12/2017

COVER EVALUATION: Nice and simple but speaks volumes about what lies within

AUTHOR BIO: (FROM AMAZON) A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. They keep warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, they blog coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and their family.

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#RainbowSnippets #Sciencefiction Seventeen 10/14: Tongue-Tied

It’s been a quiet week aside from one incident where I had to be, er, stern (or so I was told) so I’ve been catching up on some writing and a bit of household backlog.

But, now it’s Saturday! Time for another #Rainbowsnippets!

The Rainbow Snippets group on Facebook is “for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation. (no spoilers please!)”

Here’s a another #RainbowSnippet* from Surrogate: Hunted. Yes, this is a bit over six sentences, but I feel it’s justified considering the scene’s intensity.

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“Back in the Tiny Room” WIPpet Wednesday 10/11/17

According to the office manager at my rheumatologist, I’m stern. Stern. Hmm. So, standing up for myself and refusing to pay for other people’s prescription errors is stern. I was direct and used my teacher’s displeased voice. No cursing. Just straightforward and called things as they were. Stern. Sure, whatever. It got things fixed.

They wrote one prescription incorrectly and wrote a second in such a nebulous way that it was easily misinterpreted.

Any woman who stands up for herself in American society is considered bitchy, stern, and difficult.

*Rolls eyes* I shall wear the label of stern proudly.  (though I am certain that I’m listed as a difficult patient somewhere in the notes) *smirks*

Me, talking to my rheumatologist’s office forevermore…


Moving on…

This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes again from Surrogate: Traditions, the third novel in the Surrogate Series. 

I’ve only two more Surrogate Traditions WIPpets to share after this and then it’s on to something brand-spanking new.

Here’s my WIPpet math: 10/11/17

10+1+1+1 (forget the 7) = 13 Paragraphs.

The setup: Like the post title states, Merch and Etain are back in that tiny room, meaning we’re almost back where we started.

     “Dammit!” Merch covered Etain’s head when a long screw fell from the ceiling. “I should have made space under the bed!” The shaking ceased soon after, and they laid across the bed, their heads together as they evaluated their predicament. “Any hurts?”

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Surrogate Sunday: Merch Aesthetics

A blog aesthetic, or in this case, a character aesthetic, is a glance that gives the reader both a visual and written overview, a snapshot if you will. It’s a good idea for character development but also as a reflective element to help readers immerse in a series or better understand a character. Why? Because it gives the reader two key things:

  1. a keyword list which helps to define the character

  2. a visual sense the character’s world/life without creating spoilers

Last week, I explored the aesthetics of the series’ protagonist, Etain Ixtii. You can read that post HERE.

This week, I’m focusing in on another character, Etain’s very best friend, frequent side-kick, and imma, Mercine Feney, who’s generally referred to as Merch.

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