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I’m not sure if the funny in this bit will work right, because I skipped over the won’t-squish-into-eight-sentences-part in the previous scene in which Viv tells Kirsten she’s going to go foraging for coffee before the gnomes fire up the bagpipes, thus puzzling Jack.
But I remembered I had this cool image in my media library—never mind why—and thought I’d give it a try anyway.
Viv is speaking first. This appears to be a habit of hers.
“I skipped my first hit of coffee this morning and at my level of addiction, the caffeine withdrawal gnomes start marching over the hill early.”
“Oh,” he said, as if something had just clicked. “With bagpipes?”
“And drums. I have to pay them tribute every morning or they get nasty.”
“I thought you might be hungover. No offense.”
“It feels about the same,” she said, “except without the fun the night before.”
I swear to you that there are many, many pages of this book that do not include the words coffee or caffeine.
Probably. Somewhere. Soon.
(a better explanation of the Caffeine Withdrawal Gnomes can be found here)