#writeLGBTQ #StrikingBalanceNovel This week’s theme is morning. Good morning. Morning time. Misty morning. Every morning. Napalm in the morning. – That last one? Not so much considering this WIP is set in the late 18th century.




   I awakened this morning to find myself in quite the predicament. We emptied that jug of Master Gow’s last night and settled on the floor before the hearth, talking until sleep found us. My head’s ache pales to my bladder’s, but I dare not move. I fell asleep leaning against the fireplace stones, and Conall fell asleep beside me, but sometime during the night he slid down and his head is now in my lap. I long to stroke his hair, to share truths, but that simply will not maintain so I watch him sleep instead.


Striking Balance is a side tale in the #AppalachianElementals series, the backstory of two characters you meet in Keeping House. This is their story, their romance, how they came to be together, and, yes, it’s most certainly a queer tale no matter how it looks on the surface. Striking Balance is set in the late 18th century in Northeast Tennessee along the Nolichucky River.

The entire Appalachian Elementals series, both the main series and side tales, focus on Appalachian traditions and culture, family of making, family of choice, fey, and contain a healthy dose of elemental folk magic, witchcraft, and magic realism. It’s an interweaving series that takes place over the course of 3000 years, though I’ve only seriously explored just over 400 years thus far.

I have a heap of story fodder to pick from, so you can expect new stories for the foreseeable future.


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