This has been a heck of a week, but I am happy to report that the first draft of Keeping House is finished, and it’s a whopping 122K in length. Now, as we all know, that length will change during the revision process, but I certainly don’t want it to grow in length. That length pushes the limits where I’m concerned, but there’s a whole lot going on in this book… overturned community, love lost and found, relationship conflicts, magic, vivid flashbacks of past lives, multiple faiths, new characters, welding, iron fabrication… you know, the general chaos I’m known for. (grin)
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 shared 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.
I’ve found a song that fits the overall tone for the novel as it stands right now, and it’s actually on the Keeping House playlist for chapter four when things really going to “hell in a handbasket” (Cent’s words). The song is Shinedown’s “Darkside.” The link connects to a lyric version on Youtube because the song is an album track and not a single. (Their album tracks are often their best ones IMO because they’re not working for a chart success.)
Here’s my WIPpet math for 11/28/18: 8-2=6 paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series
The sentence in orange comes from last week’s WIPpet.
(Cent speaking) “I’m going to miss you, baby, especially at night.”
“I am going to miss you as well.” Stowne pulled her into their lap to hug her to them. “I am glad you will have Pyre and Exan to watch over you.”
“You don’t trust Dane either, do you?” She raised her head to kiss their neck.
“Hunter Fey cannot be trusted.”
She clenched her jaw and scooted away from Stowne. “I’m part Hunter. Remember?”
“Yes, but you are not one by choice.”
“No, it was your choice.” Cent knew Stowne had saved her life when they’d dealt with Dane, and that was the reason she was now immortal and…It remained a sore point between them.
Poor Cent. She’s as mad as she is frightened about leaving and Stowne just made it worse. Maybe Cent needs to remember that nothing comes without consequences, especially when someone deals for your life.
*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.