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.


    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!


  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…


  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.


  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….


  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.


    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.


  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.


  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…


    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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