#WIPpet Wednesday 5/9/18: Birdie

Cleaning House is back from edits! (casts a deer in the headlights look) No, the manuscript is fine, better really, and I really appreciate a good editor’s hard work. The big eyes were for the work that’s now ahead of me.  Formatting. Uploading. Setting up for the print copies. Yesterday, it was waiting. Today, it’s a big to-do list. Such things happen when you’re part of a small publisher.

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for #WIPpet Wednesday *!

This week I’m sharing another sample from Cleaning House: An Appalachian Paranormal/ Contemporary Fantasy, and the first installment in my Appalachian Elementals series.

Here’s my WIPpet math: 05/09/2018 – 9 +2 = 11 paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Cent and Aunt Tess have left the full moon circle and are walking home.

     “Look back at where we were.” Tess turned back after they’d gotten half-way home. “Tell me what you see.”

     “Sure.” Cent glanced wearily over her shoulder then stopped in her tracks, turning around to stare. “They’re gone!” The bonfire, the hundred-plus revelers, all gone! “Where’d—”

     “Once we’re out of the circle and get some distance it disappears to our eyes, but if we stepped back where it always is, we’ll see it.” Tess patted Cent’s arm. “It’s the veil. The circle lies near the edge, and that edge grows thinner as the wheel of the year turns. Witches like me and mixed-bloods like you, we can walk into the thin spot, and we’re welcome there.”

     “Those like Rayne and Pyre?” Cent glanced back to make certain she hadn’t missed something.

     “They can move on the side the living can’t.” Tess slowed her walk. “See, there’s the world of the living, this world, and the world of spirits, of the dead. Non-human spirits are both places, but the living can only see them if they believe or have spirit blood in them.”

     “Aren’t there human spirits on this side too? Haints?”

     “Haints can be Human or nonhuman, depending on the circumstance,” said Tess. “But for Human haints, for whatever reason, their soul didn’t cross the veil after they died. They’re lost unless someone leads them over. And the longer they’re lost, the more likely they are to stay.”

     “I thought some stuck around for a reason.”

     “Oh, they do. Take Birdie up at the homestead, for example.”


     “She’s attached to one of the wardrobes for a reason she won’t say. Birdie don’t speak much, but she’ll sometimes stand in the corner watching. She’ll take stuff too if she likes it, but if you ask her real nice, she’ll most always give it back, or at least trade you for something she thinks pretty.”

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

** 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.





    • Thanks, Fallon. The edits, IMO, are the easy part, and I”m pretty much done with them. However, I’m accustomed to my role ending there, to letting others finish things out, but not this time. – dons her wetsuit and dives in


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