Here comes Thanksgiving, the harbinger of the U.S. holiday season. I love the family togetherness, the spirit of giving, the– I love a lot of things about this time of year, but I don’t appreciate the rush-rush, spend-spend feeling. Never have. Never will.
Black Friday and I have become almost mortal enemies as I’ve grown older.
No, I’m not a humbug. Rather, I simply detest commercialism.
There’s a story in there somewhere, but I’m not ready to explore it. Yet.
This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from Cleaning House, one of my current WIPs. I’m almost 60K into the manuscript and working hard on it for NaNoWriMo. No, I won’t be finished with the first draft before the end of the month, but I hope to write “The End” by December 31st. Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books in October, 2018.
Here’s this week’s WIPpet math. 11/22/2017: 2, 7-2, 2+1+1+1
255 words from Chapter Two of Cleaning House. Cent’s finally calling home, and her first contact is with her cousin Aubrey.
Note: K-Town is local slang for Knoxville, Tennessee.
As life would have it, I’m hobbling around in a high-thigh to low-calf splint right now. At least a month of this? Holy– okay, so it’s not a cast. I can take it off at night and for a good scratch.
I’ll quit complaining and move on.
I am, however, happy to share that I’ve reached over 55K on my NaNoWriMo project, Cleaning House, and that I’m still plowing along. But, you should realize that nothing I write can be described as standard in length. My works routinely reach over 100K, and Hunted, which this week’s snippet comes from, is over 113K.
Well, that does it, no more offensive line for me. I sprained my MCL, to which the orthopedist said, and I quote, “You are neither nineteen nor an athlete, so this is going to take some time to heal.”
Dammit. This is what I get for trying to, um, walk. It’s rather like a rubber band snapping deep inside your knee. That’s how it felt to me anyway. At least it didn’t tear; there is that, but it’s the knee where there’s already bone-on-bone contact, so it’s going to be difficult to recover the stability.
Physical therapy, here I come.
Moving on… it’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIPpet!
This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from Cleaning House, my current WIP. It’s a Queer Contemporary Fantasy novel set in Appalachia. Something new for me, but, I must say, I’m having a blast writing it thus far.
I’m knocking at the door of 50K now, and hope to be up to 65K by the end of NaNoWriMo.
Here’s my WIPpet math: 11/22/17: I’m rearranging some of the numbers this week. 272, that’s how many words are in this WIPpet.
Note: This WIPpet links directly to the last, so the portion in gray is from last week, just to get you up to speed.
“Lovely accent, by the way.” The messenger stopped at the stair head to smile at her then descended without saying more.
“I thought you were into men.” Mrs. Donright, 3J, peered at her from between the chains securing her door. “That was a woman, right?”
“Mind your own business.” Cent slammed her door closed and turned to press her back against it. Was that a man or a woman or…? Hell, she didn’t care. They were hot, and they’d flirted with her. That was enough. She turned to look out her peephole then sighed, locking every lock, turning around to lean against the door again as she stared at the package. The messenger had left soft, soil-colored smudges along its edge. Must work in a plant nursery or something, too.
I am currently in the midst of NaNoWriMo. It’s my first time doing the event, and, while it’s great motivation, I’m not quite loving it as much I thought I would. However, I am committed, so I have every intention of winning come hell or high water. My goal is to finish my current WIP’s initial rough draft by the end of the year, with my end of NaNoWriMo word count being at least 65K.
Saturday already? Wow! This week has flown by! I’m up to my eyebrows in NaNoWriMo at present, but here’s another Snippet from Surrogate: Hunted, which is tentatively scheduled for release on March 1, 2018, with Supposed Crimes publishers.
And…it’s official. I’m part of a new small company called Mountain Gap Publishing. (website up soon) Our first book, set for a January release, will be a children’s book about a local author and illustrator. We’re starting slow but steady, with 3-4 titles in 2018. We’re an Appalachian-based publisher with a focus on authors currently living in or born and raised in the Appalachians, which is a very large area. While we will be diverse in content, including LGBTQIA stories, we will have limits, such as no erotic content.
Today, I get the honor and the privilege of sharing a triple treat! It’s release date for A.M. Leibowitz’s third novel in the Faithfully Yours series, Keeping the Faith, and I get to interview A.M Leibowitz, share an exclusive excerpt from the new novel, and provide my review of the novel… all in a single, awesome post!