Weekend Writing Warriors: Nanowrimo Sunday #3

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Yesterday was the halfway mark of this year’s National Novel Writing Month, and I managed to reach 25,000 words in the late afternoon and even managed a small head start on today’s count as well.

I remembered this week that our P.I. hero Tom actually has a few other things to worry about besides the continuing absence of his brother and the still unknown Big Bad sending werewolves to kill him in order to bring the aforementioned brother out of hiding.

Like making rent.

So here are eight sentences in which Tom ponders the insurance-fraud case Turner is currently working.  It involves a work-related injury claim, which is complicated by the claimant being a werewolf:

Hand Crutch

The guy in question wasn’t faking his injuries—a load of iron dropped in just the right way will do damage to a rhino—but he wasn’t helping them heal, either. Turner thought his knee was being held together by a silver pin; I thought maybe he was injecting the site with silver nitrate. Either way, he was collecting money he didn’t deserve because he could heal himself instantly—but if he was a human who’d sustained that much damage, he would still be collecting.

So, where was the crime?

I didn’t know. And if I reported him to the insurance company or the Regional Council, I’d bet they wouldn’t, either. There weren’t any human-based laws about refusing to use one’s healing ability and there weren’t a whole lot of laws on the Were side about stealing from human companies, either.

The one about not shitting where you eat was apparently more of a guideline, no matter what species you were.


My original thought when I was pre-plotting (stop laughing—it does happen . . . once in a while) was to weave this case into the main storyline, because the motivations of the injured guy reflect everyone else’s.

If the main story takes over, as it’s threatening to do, I’ll make this bit part of a short story, maybe.

Meanwhile, it’s been good for ramping up my Nanoutput and for sussing out some of the legal whimsicalities of this world I’m trying to piece together.

I’ll try to visit everyone today, but if I’m a little late, please forgive me.  I have a wordmeter to feed!


46 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Nanowrimo Sunday #3

  1. I love how you’re thinking through the consequences of something pretty mundane- like an insurance claim- in your world. That kind of background always adds an element of realism. Congrats on your Nano progress! That’s awesome.

    • I’m trying to be thorough and logical without being boring, Christina. I’m glad you think it’s working! 🙂

      I’m having a hard time believing I’ve made it this far, except my writing hand is developing new callouses and my math is improving . . . 😀

      • You sound a lot like me- I really want it all to make sense, but not bore the readers to tears at the same time.

        You know you’re a real writer when you have writing callouses, and can update your wordcount in your head. 🙂

    • I’ve always thought so, Mike! 😀

      (Hey, need your opinion: male or female rat for a first time, pre-teen owner? Any recommended breeds I should look for? )

        • Gerbils are great, but Jane wants something friendly that will sit on her shoulder and learn tricks, not escape the moment it nips at her fingers.

          And I really don’t want to shell out for a bearded dragon, no matter how much I love them.

        • Really! My gerbils never nipped or tried to escape. My rats did both. Lucy got out of her cage four times (and she gnawed the heck outta everything). In short, a rat is not the right pet for a fellow with OCD.

          Both of my rats were female, but I’ve handled male rats many times and found them to be every bit as personable, maybe more so. It’s all a matter of matching the right rodent personality with the right owner.

          Good luck!

  2. I kind of hope this story stays. Like Gem said, a subplot like this can add so much depth to a story. Not only a bit of realism (almost everyone can empathize with a guy who has to think about how he’s going to make next month’s rent), but the mirror effect is a great tool–in this case to show how your world (and Turner’s mind) works.

    Plus, it’s just cool–a werewolf refusing to heal himself to collect WorkComp?! Love it! 🙂

    • I think it might, Charley . . . I’ll have to see how everything hangs together when this is done, and fifty-thousand words won’t quite get me to my pre-edit goal anyway.

      And thanks—I thought so, too. Though, honestly, all that pain for such a small amount of money? There has to be another angle, right? 😉

  3. Keep that word count up missy : ). Love this whole is it fraudulent or not theme…makes me ponder what kind of mischief weres and other creatures can get into. You’ve got such a great imagination : )

    • Yes, ma’am. and thank you! 🙂

      I can think of several other crimes that might have twists in this world that would also be a blast to write. Hope I get the chance!

  4. Had a literal LOL moment at the end there. Haha. I love that this is a thought on the ethics of were abilities and where they fit into a society that doesn’t police them, but that they benefit and can and do take advantage of. I’d say the only crime is…it would be considered scamming if he was human, but you’d have to be able to prove it, then, too. Very fun food for thought.

    I’m with you on pushing the word count. But I know if anyone can get it done, it’s you! Go, Team Sarah!

  5. Hey, if he were a normal human, he’d have earned that payment. So why should he get stiffed? Also, won’t people be suspicious if he’s better? Maybe he’s trying to stay under the radar.

    After all, it has to hurt, refusing to heal and the silver that makes it not happen.

    Or he could be in it for the money. Maybe they should go have a conversation with him and find out.

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