#1lineWed #amwriting #Fantasy Letter

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is letter. Well, not quite. Letter is another one of those non-existent words in my manuscript. Hey, I can’t use all of them, can I? Say no, and realize that I replaced letter with message. This tiny bit of a much larger story comes from my upcoming release Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

     It ends.

     Nae more.

     Th’ rightful king is ensconced.

     Th’ natural order has been disrupted by one of us.

     All those messages flowed through Cent’s body as smoke filled the Great Hall and the metal throne erupted into flames.

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals

 

#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 1/30/2019 Good Grief

Welcome to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs).

This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two.  Cent’s getting to ready to leave, and the family’s gathering in the homestead’s living room to tell her goodbye.

Here’s my #WIPpet Math for 1/30/2019 – 3,0,2 for three hundred and two words from Keeping House, novel to in the Appalachian Elementals series.

Warning: If you’ve yet to read Cleaning House this WIPpet contains a spoiler about Cent.

Note: the portion in orange comes from last week’s #WIPpet.

     (Cent speaking) “…the Hunters ain’t nothing but backasswards if you ask me.”

     “I won’t lie, the idea of them intimidates me,” said Betty. “I’ve gotten used to your wings, but…” Continue reading

#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Eighty: Wicked Anticipation

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for Rainbowsnippets*! This one 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in my current #WIP, Keeping House, but I’m currently introducing you to a character who was a minor, but important, player in both stories. Dane’s a major player now, she-king of the Hunter Fey, so you’d best pay attention to the king.

At this point, Cent’s unimpressed, to say the least. Dane’s rudely pointed at her and is now trash-talking to get under Cent’s skin, which is exactly what Dane wants. Continue reading

#QueerLit #LGBTQbooks #WritingTip Ten Things to Know Before Adding a Non-Binary Character to Your Story

Note: This post has grown significantly in the past few days, so there are more than ten. If you want the short and sweet version, read the orange and bold-italic sections. That’ll give you the gist. However, if you’ve never written a non-binary character I strongly suggest you read the entire post. 

So I’ve been reading, a dangerous thing these days, I know, especially for an author. But really, I have been reading, and beta-reading too, and I’ve come across several problems that I believe need to be addressed concerning non-binary characters.

Authors, if you add a non-binary character into your story, please take the following into consideration:

  1. Non-binary characters shouldn’t have their assigned at birth gender revealed early in a story, if at all, and only if it’s totally necessary. If the character still goes by their assigned-at-birth pronouns, fine, but if the character goes by they/them or any other non-binary pronoun choice then an author should respect this. Negating the non-binary by revealing the birth gender is unacceptable unless it is a situation like a courtroom (most states in the U.S. don’t recognize the non-binary) or the bedroom (where there should be frank discussion IMO before anything happens) and then the author should tread lightly, more so if the author isn’t non-binary (#ownvoices).

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#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Promise

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel
The theme is promise. Promises, promises. They’re just like… Yeah, we’re good at making them, but keeping to them? Not so much.

 

 

 

   

   Pyre turned to Cent. “Let’s discuss that whiskey you ordered.”

   “I agree.” Exan leaned around Pyre’s glow to see her. “You promised Stowne—”

   “It’s a nightcap.” Cent turned back to the competition only to find it over & Dane standing before the bonfire.

#writeLGBTQ #AppalachianElementals #KeepingHouseNovel

#1lineWed #amwriting #ownvoices Treasure

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is treasure. Mine is not a treasure of wealth but a treasure of the heart (syrupy but true when it comes to my current WIP). This comes from my upcoming release Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

 

 

“You’ve already given me so much today.”

   “None as important as this.” Stowne held out their hand, palm up, as something rose from within it. A ring. A simple gold band holding a piece of polished limestone. A part of me you can keep with you at all times. Stowne flexed their hand so the ring stood on end and rolled between their fingers.

   “A wedding band?” Cent’s eyes brimmed with tears again. “I thought we’d agreed…” She held out her hand when Stowne’s gaze became pleading. “I’ll treasure it.”

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals

#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 1/23/2019: Black Polish

Another week down,  another what might well be a novel started. I’m working on Conall and Bea’s story, but it’s quickly taking on a life of its own.  We’ll see, but I think at the very least it’s going to be a long novella if not a short novel.

Welcome to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs).

This week I’m picking up where we left off in Chapter Two.  Birdie, one of the homestead’s house spirits, has faded from view and now Betty is doing something that’ll help Cent make a memorable entrance into the Hunter kingdom.

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 1/23/2019: 1 and 2+3+1=6 for sixteen paragraphs from Keeping House.

     “Give me your hand.” Betty grabbed a bottle of nail polish from the table behind the sofa. “I want to mark you too, but my magic isn’t the same as Tess and the spirits’, so I’m sending you off with those black nails you said will make Dane wicked mad.” Betty shook the bottle and laid a rag over her thigh. “But according to Stowne, the Hunters wear a lot of black already.”

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#KeepingHouseNovel #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Nine: Rude

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one 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.

Cent, from Cleaning House and Mama etc. is the protagonist in Keeping House, but I’m currently introducing you to a character who was a minor, but important, player in both stories. Dane’s a major player now, she-king of the Hunter Fey, so you’d best pay attention to the king. Continue reading

#WriteLGBTQ #WIP #KeepingHouseNovel Glass

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel
The theme is glass. Raise your glass. Those in glass houses… There are many different phrases using the word, but I’m focusing on wavy glass or the view out a wavy glass window.

 

 

 

The Brigid sabbat meant the beginning of Spring, new life, new… Cent looked through the homestead’s wavy-glass windows at the snow-covered hillside. Far more than a skift, the snow had been half-way up her calves when she’d gone to the trailer for a shower early that afternoon. She didn’t care what her Wheel of the Year calendar said. This was the dead of winter.

#writeLGBTQ #AppalachianElementals #KeepingHouseNovel

#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Fantasy

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is fantasy, not difficult for a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author but, wait, I have to find it within the text of my novel? Hmm. There were only three in a 127K story, and   here’s one of them.

 

 

 

   “Walmart towel.” Cent held it out to inspect it, disappointed because it was exactly like the one she used at home. Why had she expected something better inside Dane’s kingdom? Because it was a kingdom, that’s why. There should be something romantic and mystical about living in a fairy kingdom, but there obviously wasn’t. I’m in a tunnel and living among fey. That’s something, I guess.

   But she was fey now too, which sliced the edge off the fantasy, and Dane was no Prince, King, or anything else Charming.

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals