Today is the last day of #NaNoWriMo, but I finished the first draft of Striking Balance two, maybe three days ago. It’s all a blur now. I need a nap. I’ve eaten turkey somewhere in there, maybe some butternut squash. Oh, there might have been asparagus involved.
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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 it as reflective of those.
This week I’m picking up where I left off in Chapter One. The part in orange comes from last week’s post, Fried Pullet, and it’s Conall, Ben’s direct supervisor, friend, and housemate, speaking.
“Go warsh. She’s fried a pullet for us.”
“You mean Mary has.” I know Conall disapproves of the institution of slavery as much as I do, but they reside on both sides of the double smallholder we toil. This makes us odd, I suppose, but I am content in the knowledge. Master Gow does not own slaves, we asked before he took us into his employ, but neither he is a Quaker, more of a naysayer, I suppose.
I truly have no idea of his religious leanings, and I should not ask as it is solely between him and God. “Might I eat in the kitchen?”
Tiny History Lesson: Smallholder (Noun) during the latter 18th century this often meant a small farm that a family worked for subsistence and to hopefully make money via one or two cash crops. Ben and Conall work a double smallholder, manageable for two grown men receiving assistance during planting and harvest season. While most smallholders were worked by their owners, Ben and Conall work for Master Gow, a regional landowner. They subsist on their garden, the meat they both grow and hunt, and are paid in supplies and coin by Master Gow for tending the cash crops.
These days, a smallholder is a piece of land too small to be an actual farm that supports a single family through a mixture of subsistence and cash crop farming.
Tiny History Lesson complete. *grin*
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