#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/14/18: Technicalities

#NaNoWriMo and me, we should be snuggling at this point but…. not so much. Yes, I believe I’m going to finish the first draft of Keeping House. Actually, I can see the end from here. It’s a matter of connecting the dots. But 50K?  (Context: Keeping House is now nearing 108K) Nope, not happening. And finishing off my Sci-Fi novella? That’s not happening either, but I can get it done in December.



Ideas though, they keep coming. Plot bunnies run amok. New ideas are good, but those bunnies can complicate WIPs.  This series and side stories could keep me occupied for years to come.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

I featured the prologue for Keeping House a while back (you can find it under #WIPpetWednesday under Topics to your right), so I’m currently sharing from Chapter One.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 11/14/18: I’m taking a 1, the four, and another 1 for 141 words from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series. The portion in yellow comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     (Stowne speaking) “That is only three months.”

     “Sounds like forever right about now.” Cent looked away.

     “That feeling will change as the years go by.” Stowne lifted her head so their eyes met. “Remember that you will still be within my realm.”

     “If it’s inside the realm then why can’t you go with me?” I’m desperate. Can’t you see it?

     Stowne gently shook their head. “While the land the Hunters use is technically part of me, Lord Long Man says I am to leave the Hunters to themselves as much as possible.”

     “I…” Why does a river spirit have any say about what happens on land? But she knew Lord Long Man had more power than any one mountain, meaning he had more power than Stowne.

     “Remember that Pyre and Exan will be with you.”

     “God help all three of us.”

Cent’s leaving home to live for an extended period with people she doesn’t remember inside a culture she doesn’t understand.  She’s every right to be frightened. But wouldn’t you be too?

*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.


    • Interesting… there’s a word for it. Hunterland is going to be a riot, I’m certain. (Actually, I’m nearing the end of the rough and this is the first piece that I’ve written verging on true Horror in spots. 😲 We’ll see how much is left after edits.

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  1. Only three months… Even Stowne with all his ancient experience should know how things can sometimes go topsy-turvy in the matter of minutes, let alone days and months, especially for one who still has a human mentality.


    • Stowne also knows how the bigger picture looks– a lot of mundane w/ periodic problematic blips. They’re trying to see it from Cent’s perspective too, but it’s difficult.


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