Writing Wednesday Striking Balance #AppalachianElementals 6/12/2019 Predicted Outcome

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 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.

This is installment thirteen “Predicted Outcome,” and it picks up directly where the last installment, “Future Plans” ended. 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. We are seeing the world from Nub’s 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 standing just outside the Alcott’s orchard with Charity’s mother and younger sister, Emeline. This first sentence, in orange, comes from last week’s installment, and Widow Alcott is speaking.

“There is more work than Davy can handle.” She pauses. “Emeline prefers you.”

     “I’m not interested in marriage, Madam.” I sigh when I see Conall walking slightly behind Charity toward the house. He’s holding his cock hat in his hand, practically twisting it.

     They’ve been arguing just like Emeline predicted.

     “Charity, child? Whatever…” Widow Alcott gasps when her daughter storms past and into the house, slamming the door. “Mr. Baldwin, I apologize…”

     “Thank you for the meal, but I believe we should head home.”

Wouldn’t you like to overhead that conversation?

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, #1 in the series, has recently become an Amazon bestseller. 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.


    • Lol, yeah, you’ve got some catching up since this is installment thirteen, but you’ll find out the core of their argument next week. This has been an incredibly fun story to write thus far. It’s up to 43K and still going strong.


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