#WIPpet Wednesday #Amwriting 12/20/17 Wailing Woman

Check out that cover! I won’t say it’s the final, final but it’s certainly close, and I’m damn proud of the design. Practice makes perfect, and I’m getting a lot of practice in design these days.

This week’s WIPpet Wednesday* comes from my Appalachian contemporary fantasy, Cleaning House. I’m glad to say that, on 12/8, I wrote those hallowed words every author loves: The End. Now I get to tinker with the manuscript some while I work on other projects, but I am seriously coming back to it after the first of the year to begin rewrites and edits. Cleaning House is scheduled for release by Mountain Gap Books on October 1, 2018.

Here’s this week’s math. 12/13/2017: 1, 7-3, 3 = 142 words from Cleaning House.

The Setup: This WIPpet comes from the beginning of Cleaning House. It’s a bit of created folklore around which the novel is based. It’s not unlike the tales of the Banshee and La Llorona but certainly not as deadly.

     “Have you seen him?”

     Wailing Woman walks Longman’s banks every night in search of her son. She asks the catfish, the bears, and the ever-watching fae then screams up the mountainside and cries into the river, begging for answers, sending grief-filled bubbles downstream so others can hear her pain.

     “Have you seen Dustu Usdi?

     “Have you seen my only child?

     “Have you seen my son?”

     The catfish stare, the bears shake their heads and lumber away, but the fae…

     “Forget, Mother. It is the only way.”

     Wailing woman walks from Summer to Winter then back again, leaving no more tracks in the river sand than Dustu Usdi once did, becoming just as lost. A shadow of what was. A soon forgotten memory. A cry from the past.

Have you seen him?

Have you seen my son?

Can you bring him back to me?

His life has just begun.

*WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.



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