On her blog, Annalise Green decided to enter the Beginning, Middle, and End Blogfest hosted by Kate Larkindale, for which you post the first, middle, and last paragraphs of your WIP. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but it sounded like so much fun I decided I had to do it too!
As some followers know, my current WIP is an urban fantasy called Midnight’s Knife, which is about a woman who works as a demon hunter for the Catholic Church.
So, First Paragraph:
Gabrielle was bored, and bored was not a safe place to be with Gabrielle. It led to… messes. “Pearce, I’m bored,” she whined. Pearce looked up from his newspaper to give her a long-suffering look, a look that said clearly ‘oh lord, no.’ When Gabrielle made a mess Pearce was invariably the one stuck cleaning it up.
Middle Paragraph (or as close to it as I can figure):
“Care to tell me what the hell this is about? ‘Cause I’ve got a manicure appointment in an hour,” Gabrielle jeered. She sat at the wide wood table of an interrogation room, Detective Edwards seated opposite her with a triumphant expression on her face. Gabrielle leaned back against the lightweight aluminum chair and crossed her arms over her chest. Fury bubbled just beneath the surface of what she hoped was a calm-and-in-control exterior. At this point she couldn’t be certain how believable her unconcerned expression was; Detective Edwards would have thought she was the devil even if she had wings and a halo floating over her head.
Behind them, the demon stayed in the shadows, watching but not moving. One last time, Gabrielle turned, her gray eyes piercing the veil of darkness and pinning him with her gaze. Run, her hard gaze told him, run and hide, because I’ll be back on duty soon enough. And the demon backed away, turned, and ran.
Yeah… this is a very LONG WIP. I finished the first draft with 30 chapters and 165,755 words. Which means you aren’t getting MUCH from these snippets. However, I also posted one long scene from the first chapter a few months ago: here, that might give you an idea of the overall atmosphere of the novel.
Please tell me what you think! I’d love to hear any and all comments, critiques, whatever. Obviously, it needs a lot of work, and I’m TRYING to find time to work on revisions in between classes. But so far that hasn’t worked out too well.
In any case, hope you enjoyed this impromptu addition to my usual blogging schedule. See you tomorrow for Free-For-All Friday!