#WIPpet Wednesday #WW #WIP 5/16/18: Brownie

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been very busy this past week and don’t really have a lot to show for it, at least not on the surface. Cleaning House is now up on Smashwords for preorder (you can read the novel’s first 20K HERE)– that’s something, and it will soon be up on Amazon too. But the print version of Cleaning House is very much a work in progress. I think (pray) I’ve got the cover right, and I’m crossing my fingers that my book formatting is up to snuff. This is the first time I’ve handled this end of the publishing process so I’m kinda stumbling around. Thank goodness for a more experienced author/publisher who’s been giving me tips along the way.

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: 05/16/2018 – 8+2 = 10 quick paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Cent and Aunt Tess are walking home from a full moon circle and talking about the homestead’s resident haint, Birdie. The pink portion is from last week, and Tess speaks first.

     “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.”

     “Birdie. Huh. I recollect seeing a face in the homestead windows before I left, but I thought it was a trick of the light.” Cent peered down at her great aunt’s wrinkled face. “Was it her?”

     “Maybe, maybe not. There’re other haints what walk ’round the homestead, but Birdie keeps them out of the house.”

     “But it ain’t her place.”

     “Isn’t it?” Tess laughed. “She don’t mind sharing with the living or elementals but not other haints. And she sometimes fights with the house spirit.”

     “I thought Birdie was the house spirit.”

     “Oh, no. Your Uncle Kinnon called it a brownie. I still feed it sometimes to help keep the spiders and bugs down up there, but when we start cleaning we’ll have to feed it regular.”

     “Does it have a name?”

     “Just Brownie.”

     “Birdie and Brownie. Huh.” They’d reached the edge of the herb garden. “The homestead was occupied even when I thought it wasn’t.”

     “Such places are never empty.” Tess stopped to run her fingers through the lavender tops. “It comes with being near a veil crossing.”

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.


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