WIPpet Wednesday

Yes, I’m officially back to doing WIPpet Wednesday.  The past month has been busy with holiday travel and family, then my husband celebrated a significantly-numbered (is this a word?) birthday, and we had an anniversary mixed in there as well.  Got the oldest son packed up and back to college and the youngest one in high school, so I can finally concentrate on writing again – I even get the house to myself this Saturday, so I’m thinking writing marathon!

So – my math logic today, 1/21, is the first paragraph from page 21 of my very rough draft in progress.

Since everyone knows ghosts don’t come out during the day, I was back in my own room, using my computer to look up old newspaper articles about Sarah.  As embarrassing as it was to admit, I remember when she disappeared, because everyone was talking about it at school, but then I’d lost interest.  Sarah wasn’t someone I really knew – yes, it was awful that something bad might have happened to her, but it wasn’t anything that directly affected me, so I just went on about my life.  Now I’m wishing I’d paid more attention.

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16 thoughts on “WIPpet Wednesday

  1. I think that sums up how a lot of people are. If it doesn’t directly affect us, we ignore it…until it directly affects us. Somehow I don’t think the research is going to help with the ghost issue, though.

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    1. Sadly, I think you’re right people ignoring things until directly affected. With the ghost issue, it’s more of a ‘know thine enemy’ kind of thing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. It’s definitely human nature to gloss over what doesn’t directly affect us. I don’t know that it’s always bad, given how much there is to potentially obsess over. Which makes me wonder: what has happened to interest the protag so much? Obviously something of a ghostly nature. Hmm…

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  3. I can relate to this more than I should probably admit. It’s a good character insight, here. One little thing, though, if you don’t mind some constructive criticism: I wasn’t entirely sure while I was reading whether it was in past or present tense. First there is “was back” in past but then “remember when” in present, which threw me a bit.

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  4. kathils

    “it wasn’t anything that directly affected me, so I just went on about my life” A fundamental truth, I’m afraid. And I’m just as guilty of it as everyone else. Now I wonder what that will lead to for her….

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  5. I am so guilty of doing that – especially when I was younger. However, when we had kids who passed away in High School, there were a lot of other students who had no idea who they were who would get so emotional about their passing, and my friends and I didn’t want to get lumped in with those crazies. Nowadays it’s just because I’m so busy with work and taking care of my son that I don’t really know what’s going on unless it blows up on facebook.

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    1. I know what you mean – when we have kids and are running here and there with them, sometimes it’s like we have tunnel vision and can only focus on what’s right in front of us.

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  6. *hand up* Another one for whom it resonates with; if something doesn’t interact with our bubble beyond glancing off it in passing, then we simply don’t pay it any mind…

    The snippet does a beautiful job of drawing me in though: I’m intrigued and really hope to find out more.

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  7. I tend to be the opposite- to be deeply affected. I’ve had to learn to put a little empathetic distance between me and other things, so that I don’t carry all the sorrow into life with my kids. ..

    Is it really true that ghosts don’t come out in the daytime? And now I want to know about Sara…

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    1. I know what you mean – some carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, but you have to learn to take a step back sometimes. Just a hint about ghosts in the daytime – Cain will probably learn the truth of that statement.

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