Writing Wednesday: Striking Balance #AppalachianElementals 5/29/2019 Quarrels

I’m starting something new. On Wednesdays, I generally share something from my newest WIP (work in progress), and I’ll continue sharing, however, I’ll be doing so in a slightly different format. From this point onward, my Wednesday shares will be shorter and serialized. You’ll be able to find all the ones that pertain to Striking Balance under the Categories drop down to your right.

Striking Balance is a Historical Paranormal Fantasy story set within my Appalachian Elementals series. It’s a freestanding tale, so you don’t need to have read the other stories within the series to delve into this one.

Benjamin Schnell (Nub) 1779
Conall Baldwin 1779

This is installment eleven, “Quarrels,” and it picks up directly where the last installment, “Meringue and Secrets” left off. The main character in Striking Balance is Benjamin (Nub) Schnell, the possessor of secrets twice his size and seeming age. He’s been working for nearly a decade on the same small farm as his friend, Conall Baldwin, who acts as the farm’s manager. This story begins during the American Revolutionary War years, 1779 to be precise, in the Nolichucky river basin of what is now Northeast Tennessee.

The first portion, in orange, comes from last week’s installment. These are Nub’s thoughts since we are seeing the world from his point of view, and right now he’s thinking about sugared dessert meringues.

     It’s a treat I hope Mary and Davy are allowed to indulge in as well.

     After dinner, Charity and Conall go for a sundown walk through the Alcott’s young orchard while I sit outside with Emeline and Widow Alcott. “Those two will marry,” she tells us. “By next year, I’m certain.”

     “But they quarrel so,” says Emeline. “And about everything.” She smirks because she knows as well as I do that it isn’t Conall who starts the arguments.

     “Go inside, Emeline.” Widow Alcott points toward the house. “Check that things are tidy then do your Bible study.”

So I wonder if Conall and Charity will quarrel this time?  Or rather, what they’ll quarrel about.

Oh, and you can check out the other stories within the Appalachian ELementals world by clicking one of the covers to your right. Cleaning House: A Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy, is #1, Keeping House: a Paranormal Appalachian Fantasy, is #2 and will be released July 8, 2019, and Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is a sweet little novella that tackles holidays and family relationships between two characters within the series.

I’m continuing to list this Wednesday writing installment under the #WIPpet Wednesday 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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