Writing Wednesday Striking Balance #AppalachianElementals 6/26/2019 Through with Sparking

I’m less than two weeks out from a new release and working hard. Whew. *wipes brow and sits for a moment* So…

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 fifteen “Through with Sparking,” and it picks up directly where the last installment, “Tory”, 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, and it’s Ben (Nub) speaking. This story is also written entirely from his point of view.

And my WIPpet math… 2+6=8 short paragraphs.



  “What the—” I feel Mary’s gifts slip from my waistband and into my breeches leg, catching at my knee bands. Hopefully, they’ll stay there. “Conall?”

     “I think I’m done with her.” He stops to stare up at the night sky. “She called my, my injury, my very scar, a waste. Said I fought for nothin’. That it’s all pointless when we’re all loyal subjects at our cores.”

     “Surely she didn’t—”

     “She did!” He rolls his left shoulder. “My head hurts.”

     “We still have one of Master Gow’s jugs.”

     “My thoughts too.” Conall sighs and begins to walk again. “I’m through sparkin’ for now, I think. It’s just you and me.”

     “And that jug.”

     “And your johnnycakes.” Conall manages the smallest of laughs. “It’s gonna be just us again this summer. Let’s get home.”

So Ben’s getting what he wants, at least for now. We’ll see how things go.

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.


  1. Oof, yeah, okay. That sounds like it wasn’t the kind of disagreement that can be easily come back from.

    Ben might be getting what he wants for now, but how long will it last?


  2. Yeah, I’m not sure that relationship would’ve worked out. I’m not sure how people do it when they see the world in such vastly different ways on important issues.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.