Samhain has passed, winter is approaching, and I’m cold. Time to break out the sweaters and fuzzy socks. #NaNoWriMo also started two days ago, and I’m once again participating, so I’m going to need a little comfort soon enough.
Welcome to my 119th #Rainbowsnippets*. This one, as always, is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.
Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is a queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, and the story takes place during the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century. This explains the narrator’s voice. If you’ve read the letters and journals of the period, you’ll recognize that it is reflective of those. That said, the preface is set some 200 years after the story begins and is written by the main character. We began two weeks ago, and this week will finish the preface. The section in orange come from last week’s section.
But our record does not detail how I came to be here, only that I did, and it certainly does not speak from my point of view.
Alas, here I sit in the early a.m., pen in hand, notebook open, wondering where I should begin. At the beginning, I suppose, but this is far from a common, once upon a time, or child’s fairy tale (such stories were not originally intended for children after all). No, this is my tale alone, the story of one become two become one again.
I would not change what has transpired aside from a few memories. If able, I would ask that a precious handful of those be returned to me so I might embrace them and say that I will always love them for the unconditional love they showed me when I needed it most.
This is my story, the only story I shall ever have, and ‘tis already lengthy enough in years to fill a room with notebooks.
May you read it with an open mind and a good heart.
4 July, 1976
So there you have it, the end of the preface. Yes, Bea’s voice is unique, and that voice continues, though younger, often confrontational, and answering to Benjamin, Ben, or Nub, into the novel. The reasons? Well, remember that this story titled Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow, so there are reasons, lots of reasons.
I’ll be finishing up Striking Balance during #NaNoWriMo,and it’s already slated for a June 2020 release.
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