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Girl Genius fic: Picking Up the Pieces

Tarvek and Gil try to figure out what to do about the situation. Follows Confusion.
364 words | [PG]


“We’re just going to have to rebuild the entire thing,” Gil said, wiping his hands on his trousers after righting the table von Zinzer had hidden behind.

“That’s going to be a little difficult when we don’t even know what Agatha was working on.” Tarvek picked up a piece of broken equipment, turned it over in his hands then discarded it on the table. “This will be the most difficult puzzle in the history of the world.”

Gil retrieved two more pieces from the ground then assembled it with the one Tarvek had put down into something that looked like a heavily modified microscope. Or a blender. Who knew. The thing immediately fell apart, and Gil let out a defeated breath.

“Maybe Agatha’s memories will come back once she rests. It might not be permanent.”

“Good point. We should get her back to her room; get her something to eat and-” Tarvek spun on his heel, peering in every corner of the lab. “Uh, where is Agatha?” Read more…

Girl Genius fic: Confusion

Agatha has no idea where she is or who she is and that’s a serious problem. Follows Aftermath.
362 words | [PG]


Agatha backed away from the two strange men as they argued over whatever happened in this lab. Her lab apparently. Because she was a woman named Agatha and was a scientist of some sort and these people were her friends. Except that other man said she used him as bait. What kind of person could she be using another human as bait.? Bait for what?

The thought chilled her. If she needed a human for bait, how big was the thing she was trying to catch? She needed to get out of here before whatever it was came looking for a snack. While her “friends” continued their heated disagreement, she easily slipped out the demolished door into an empty hallway.

“Mistress,” called a voice. Read more…

Girl Genius fic: Aftermath

What did Agatha even do? And poor Moloch. Follows Unexpected Consequences.
364 words | [PG]


Gil watched, stomach in a knot, as Tarvek guided Agatha to a lopsided chair and helped her sit. She twisted her hands together over and over while biting her lip. This just couldn’t be happening. It couldn’t. Every time he got close to something resembling happiness, it all fell apart. It wasn’t fair. Maybe he was cursed?

“Wulfenbach, are you listening to me?”

Gil blinked at Tarvek. “What?”

Tarvek’s eyes narrowed. “I said go check and see if anyone else is in the lab. Agatha doesn’t remember-” He trailed off, worry creasing his brow. “We need to figure out what she was working on and what happened.”

“Right. Got it.” Gil waded through the settling smoke and debris. Parts of the walls and ceiling had collapsed and most of the equipment was in pieces. He picked up a tin which instantly dissolved at his touch. Dusting his hands on his trousers, he kicked away half a chair that skittered into an overturned workbench.

“EEK!” Read more…

Six Sentence Sampler

more from Heaven Can’t Wait:

A Grounder boy who looks twelve of thirteen stands off to the side looking uncomfortable and very out of place.

“Can I help you?” Bellamy asks, startling him out of his thoughts.

He drops a piece of equipment then scrambles to pick it up.

“What are you doing here?”

“Wait,” someone calls from across the room, “he’s with me.” Monty hurries over with an armful of circuit boards and wire.

Girl Genius fic: Unexpected Consequences

Tarvek and Gil go to help Agatha in her lab but something goes horribly wrong. Follows The Ring.
442 words | [PG]


Tarvek stomped through the halls of Castle Heterodyne, Gil slouching along next to him, hands deep in his pockets. How dare he? How dare that layabout attempt to circumvent their mutual agreement to give Agatha time to get to know each of them equally and then make her decision? And just when Tarvek had thought their relationship somewhat settled. They were getting along amicably and even had fun at times. Then he had to go and do this.

He seethed with rage but managed to mash it deep down in the place where he kept those useless emotions as they approached Agatha’s main lab. Inside, a whistle blew, increasing in volume by the second. Gil slowed, head cocked at the door which seconds later exploded outward, nearly cutting him in half if he hadn’t the ridiculous reflexes of a cat.

“Agatha?” Tarvek called, peeking inside the smoldering room. Read more…

Six Sentence Sampler

from Heaven Can’t Wait

“And you give the other one to this lug before he wastes away. I bet he’s barely eaten anything in days.” Murphy sets the apricot in front of Bellamy–an obvious challenge–then pops his own into his mouth with a smirk.

Heaven eyes both of them.

You aren’t going to win this one. Bellamy sighs.

Girl Genius fic: The Ring

Gil is working on a surprise, but Tarvek nearly ruins all of his plans.
387 words | [PG]


Gil bent over his workbench, back aching as he painstakingly assembled the last bit of his project. He twisted the pieces together with a satisfying click and let out a soft sigh.

“What are you doing?” Tarvek asked, his voice absurdly loud in the small room.

Gil jumped, sending the small object soaring into the air. He scrambled out of his chair, lurching after it as Tarvek sauntered into the room, easily catching it from the air in front of Gil’s face.

“Give it back,” Gil demanded which only put a devious smile on Tarvek’s face.

“What’s this then?” he asked, holding it up to his face as it fell to a frown. “Is this a… ring?”

Gil swallowed hard. “No, it’s- I mean, yes, sort of. It’s-”

“What’s this say?” Tarvek squinted at the ring. “Is that a Wulfenbach sigil engraved on it? Wait, this looks more like a connector from a hydraulics system. What is this?”

Gil snatched the ring away. “It’s nothing; forget it.”

“Well, now I know it’s nothing.”

Stuffing the ring in his pocket, Gil quickly cleaned up to hide his flaming face. “What do you even want?”

“Is that for Agatha?”

A growl built. “It is Agatha’s. I gave it to her a long time ago, and now… Now I’m giving it back to her. That’s all it is. Just drop it, okay?”

When he finally glanced up, the look on Tarvek’s face nearly broke him. He looked hurt. But just as quickly, Tarvek schooled his features back to his normal stoic facade.

“Agatha wants us in the lab,” Tarvek said curtly, turning on his heel and not waiting to see if Gil followed.

Gil let out a long breath, taking the ring from his pocket to examine. It was still in perfect condition—polished to a glossy shine. Agatha had thought it silly and presumptuous when he’s placed it on her finger all those years ago. Of course, in his eager foolishness, it had been both, but she’d kept it. At least for a little while. He thought maybe she’d like it back, but Tarvek hated it. Of course he did—he hated everything Wulfenbach.

“You coming or what?” Tarvek yelled from the hall.

With another sigh, Gil shoved the ring back in his pocket and hurried after his friend.

NEXT: Unexpected Consequences

October Goals

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Recap from September:

Reading: Well, I read three books, but the fourth expired (it was a digital library book) before I could finish it which was a little demotivating. I was able to take it out again, but the whole thing threw me off. I did stay caught up with my webcomics so, I think I’ll give afor this one.

Writing: More failing. I’m still going strong on my journal, but I only added one day of sentences to Uncalled For and wrote part of one story for Girl Genius Week. I also added a little to an unfinished chapter of Heaven Can’t Wait, but that wasn’t even a writing goal (mostly because I didn’t realize the next chapter wasn’t finished). F

Finishing/Editing: Another fail. I guess I worked on two different chapters of Heaven, but I didn’t finish editing/finishing either of them, and I didn’t even edit the one day of Uncalled For that I finished. Never mind one of the story. Ugh. F

Posting: And one more fail because I still haven’t posted the one finished chapter of Uncalled For I have and didn’t finishe anything else to post. F

September was just like all of the months before it–horrible. The fatigue is wiping me out physically and mentally. I didn’t do as much walking as August, nor did I finish any of my craft goals either. It was just a poor month all around. Sometimes I wonder why I even try. F


October Goals:

Reading:

Writing:

  • write every day in my writing journal/keep my streak going
  • work on stories for the Girl Genius Event on tumblr (due in October)

Finishing/Editing:

  • edit stories for the Girl Genius event
  • edit/finish two chapters of Heaven Can’t Wait
  • finish/edit days for Uncalled For

Posting:

  • post the chapters of Uncalled For that I get done
  • post stories for Girl Genius Week.

September Round-up

All things reading and writing.

Reading:

Well, I managed to read three books at the beginning of the month before they expired from my digital library loans, but then I got overwhelmed with other things and forgot to read some more. Better than nothing, I guess. I’m 13 books behind schedule with three months to go. Eek.

Writing:

Another dismal month. Not including blog posts, I only wrote on four days. FOUR! And honestly, I don’t even know what I was doing with the rest of my time. Two of those stories were something new, though, so I guess that’s some kind of progress. Of course, I also didn’t finish either of those stories. *shaking my head*

3,880 for the month.

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YTD total: 83,327

Streak: Still managed to keep this up with journaling at 1,003 days (since January 1, 2017)!

Editing/Finishing:

Well, I did work a little on Heaven Can’t Wait which is probably the biggest win of the month. I did an editing pass of chapter 38 and started adding to chapter 39 which wasn’t finished. I had a breakthrough in what to do with that chapter so it still needs to be finished, but at least, I know what I’m doing with it now. It should go pretty quickly once I get back to work.

Posting:

nothing because I’m procrastinating on posting the next chapter of Uncalled For Actions (so much formatting involved for the different sites)

Six Sentence Sampler

From Heaven Can’t Wait, chapter 39:

They take their share, avoiding eye contact with just about everyone and look for a seat. Bellamy spots Murphy sitting alone, staring blearily in to the mug in his hands. He doesn’t seem to notice Bellamy or anything else for that matter.

Bellamy starts to guide Heaven to the other side of the room, but something about the droop of Murphy’s shoulders and the haunted look in his eyes has him changing directions. Heaven notices Murphy, too, and immediately heads to that table, climbing awkwardly into a chair across from him. Murphy barely blinks when Bellamy joins them and begins dividing up their breakfast.

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