#WIPpet Wednesday #QueerBlogWed Liquid Lips

It’s Wednesday again. That means it’s time for #WIPpet Wednesday** and #QueerBlogWed*! While WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by the gracious Emily Wrayburn, features a diverse mix of authors, #QueerBlogWed is geared for, well, queer blogs, which this lil’ site certainly is.

Right now, it’s late (or early morning depending on your POV) and I’m listening to my playlist while I write, specifically Panic! At the Disco’s “Don’t Threaten me with a Good Time.” I love the lyrics to this song, and they were repeating in the back of my mind while I drafted a scene a little earlier this evening. That should tell you something about the scene. *place mischievous grin here*

Not familiar with the song? You can find it here in video form. While I’ve got the lyric version on my playlist so I don’t become distracted, the official version greatly amuses me as a Sci-Fi author, even though my writing never-ever tilts that direction.

I’ve been sharing bits and pieces from one of my current WIPs, Cleaning House, for a while, and will continue to do so for a good while longer because, my other WIP, Keeping House (Cleaning House’s sequel) has two problems: 1) It’s still early in the process  (I’m about 20K in) and 2) I can’t share without giving spoilers where Cleaning House is concerned.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 3/21/2018. I’m taking the 1 and the 3 for thirteen quick, revealing paragraphs from Cleaning House.

Buckle up, my dears, the ride’s about to get, um, soggy. To quote the late, great Douglas Adams, “Don’t forget your towel.”

The Setup: Cent has wandered into a place she remembers fondly from her childhood and is distraught when she feels none of the magic she remembers. But Rayne, the odd-looking realtor Aunt Tess hired, has interrupted her quiet remembrance, and Cent isn’t happy about it.

(The first paragraph comes from last week so everyone stays up to speed.)

   “What the…” Cent peered over her shoulder as Rayne stepped into the clearing. “What’re you doing up here?”

     “Searching for you.” Rayne stooped beside Cent to place her hand on the ground too. “Stowne’s hiding because they’re hurt.”

     “Stowne?” Cent stared at the blue-haired woman. “Stowne’s nothing but my imagination, so how’d you—”

     “Why are you here now?”

     “I guess— I reckon— I don’t know.” Cent moved her hand to her lap. “This is a special place for me is all. I spent a lot of time here when I was younger.”

     “With Stowne.” Rayne sat cross-legged beside her.

     “Stowne was my way of escaping reality, that’s all.” Cent felt the earth tremble beneath her again. Another sigh? She couldn’t tell, but she saw Rayne smile when it happened. “There’s a spring up the hill and when—”

     “Yes, I know.” Rayne’s hand slipped over Cent’s, moving it to press against the ground. “Stowne—”

     “Was imaginary!” Cent wrenched her hand from beneath Rayne’s, startling when it came away wet. “They were my self-defense against the haters.”

     “Imaginary?” Rayne rubbed the back of her neck. “Drains and dribbles. You’ve shoved it all aside to save yourself pain.” She grabbed Cent’s hand, dragging her toward the spring, her hold so strong Cent couldn’t get away. Her grip was cool but steady, wrapping Cent’s arm and sliding up it as she pulled her along. “Water. Water. Pure and bright. Show her so she will remember.” Rayne pushed Cent to the ground beside the spring head and pointed toward the water. “Look hard. See what really is.”

     “Listen, lady, you don’t just go around…” Cent cringed when Rayne emitted something between a gurgle and a growl. “You got no business…”

     “See me!” Rayne grabbed Cent’s face, pulling it up until their eyes met, but Rayne’s eyes were no longer eyes. Her face, her face was…

    “What the hell?” Cent tried to crawl away, but Rayne’s grip was too strong, drawing her to her knees then her feet.

     “Look… at… me!” Rayne’s liquid lips turned up in a smile.

   Want to read more #WIPpet Wednesday posts from Cleaning House? You can do so by clicking HERE.

* is still to share posts with LGBTQIA+ content & RT others. New rules: Wed only + promo widely to engage readers! Writing is a business & also art so promo your work with flair & find new readers!

** 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.

water, smoke, and blue spirit images integrated into the post image are courtesy of PNG Tree


    • Yes, I left you hanging until next week. *innocently bats her eyes* And Cent is freaking out, maybe not as much as you’d expect, but there’s a reason that’ll come up in the next WIPpet Wednesday.


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