Happy Wednesday! My Wednesday shares have become shorter and serialized, and for now, they’re coming from my current WIP (work in progress), Striking Balance. 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 an M/queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy story with strong romantic elements set inside 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.
This is installment twelve, “Future Plans,” and it picks up directly where the last installment, “Quarrels” 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 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. Conall’s walking the grounds of a neighboring farm with Charity Alcott, a young woman he’s interested in, and Ben’s been left with Charity’s mother and younger sister Emeline. This first sentence, in orange, comes from last week’s installment.
“Go inside, Emeline.” Widow Alcott points toward the house. “Check that things are tidy then do your Bible study.”
“But…” Emeline gives me a lopsided grin as she gathers her skirts and turns toward the house. “Goodnight, Mother. Night Ben.”
“Goodnight.” I rise as she goes then turn back, suddenly awkward with myself. “The peaches and cherries are coming along nicely.”
“So young Mr. Schnell.” Widow Alcott ignores what I’ve said. “What are your plans? Do you see yourself continuing to work for Mr. Baldwin?”
“I’ve never thought past it.” And I truthfully haven’t. “I’m content where I am.”
“I see.” She folds her fingers together and stares at me. “When Conall and Charity wed, do you plan to take charge of Master Gow’s farm yourself, or will you follow Conall here and assist? There is more work than Davy can handle.” She pauses. “Emeline prefers you.”
So Widow Alcott’s seeing both Conall and Ben as a future son in laws? This definitely interrupts the plans Ben’s already made, doesn’t it?
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.