#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Five 12/8: Counting Points

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.

 

Here comes the snow, or at least that’s what local and national meteorologists are saying: winter storm watch that’ll probably be a warning by the time this post goes live. We’re as ready as we can be, I suppose. We’ve secondary heat, water, and a good supply of ready-to-eat foods for emergencies.

The problem with living in NE TN is that we’re either on the side of or in the foothills of several mountains; we’re part of the Smokies, so the weather either 1) passes around us because of the mountains to our north and south or 2) settles in to stay a while. If it does the latter and brings heavy moisture with it, we’re done for. It’ll snow until it peters out or finds the oomph to pass over the mountains, usually the former.  They’re saying up to eight inches with ice. I know that sounds like nothing to some of you, but this is the Southern U.S., not deep south, mind you, but still south and people here have no idea how to drive in deep snow, so it’s best to stay in if at all possible.

This one’s supposed to bring the moisture, so it’s all a matter of timing and oomph.

On to this week’s writing. I’m sharing from my new holiday novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Poor Cent’s trying hard but…

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Five 12/1: Denial

We’re pushing full-throttle into the holiday season, which is always stressful for those with auto-immune and/or neurological issues. Lucky for me (read the last with decided sarcasm) I have both and they’re interlinked.

Most of my holiday shopping takes place online for good reason.

 

That said, I want to share a review for Cleaning House (released 8/1/18) that comes from a regional library publication. Local review for a local work by a local author. That means a whole bunch to me. Best of all, she liked it, which means even more, and I’ve been told the book is in steady rotation. ❤️❤️😊😊❤️❤️

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#TBT #CleaningHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals No. 5

Yes, I’m well aware that it’s only been a few months since the release of Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, but I’m spending the month of November featuring it in my #TBT (Throwback Thursday) series because of the recent release of the second title in the series, the novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree. It’s generally good to relive the past, even the recent past, so I’ll be sharing Chapter One from Cleaning House throughout the month.

The section in orange comes from last week’s #TBT post.

  Maybe I should take up gardening.

     Being close and sweaty, their hands touching as they worked side-by-side. Cent shivered as she scrutinized the envelope. “It’s too thin to be a summons.” She went to the kitchen for the scissors but couldn’t find them, so she opted for a paring knife, sliding it beneath the taped flap to open the envelope, pulling out a single, handwritten page.

 Dear Centenary,

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#WriteLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits. The official theme is precious but in 122K words, I haven’t use the word precious once, so I went with a valuable, dare I say precious, commodity where I’m from – biscuits. (we had them at dinner last night 😊)

 

 

 

   “No, sugar, it wasn’t me. “Cause if I’d kissed you like that I’d be smilin’, and you’d be meltin’ like butter across a hot biscuit.” Dane thrust her jaw forward and turned her mouth at the same time, an odd look Cent remembered meant she was deep in thought. “Go ahead. Check me for intent.”

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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/28/18: Bone of Contention

This has been a heck of a week, but I am happy to report that the first draft of Keeping House is finished, and it’s a whopping 122K in length. Now, as we all know, that length will change during the revision process, but I certainly don’t want it to grow in length. That length pushes the limits where I’m concerned, but there’s a whole lot going on in this book… overturned community, love lost and found, relationship conflicts, magic, vivid flashbacks of past lives, multiple faiths, new characters, welding, iron fabrication… you know, the general chaos I’m known for. (grin)

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

I shared the prologue for Keeping House a while back (you can find it under #WIPpetWednesday under Topics to your right), so I’m currently sharing from Chapter One.

I’ve found a song that fits the overall tone for the novel as it stands right now, and it’s actually on the Keeping House playlist for chapter four when things really going to “hell in a handbasket” (Cent’s words).  The song is Shinedown’s “Darkside.” The link connects to a lyric version on Youtube because the song is an album track and not a single. (Their album tracks are often their best ones IMO because they’re not working for a chart success.)

Here’s my WIPpet math for 11/28/18: 8-2=6 paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series

The sentence in orange comes from last week’s WIPpet.

  (Cent speaking) “I’m going to miss you, baby, especially at night.”

     “I am going to miss you as well.” Stowne pulled her into their lap to hug her to them. “I am glad you will have Pyre and Exan to watch over you.”

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Four 11/24: Hot Stuff

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.

 

This week I’m sharing from my new novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s lover, Stowne, has joined the conversation and helped convince her that she needs to spend time with her difficult mother.

“So what ornaments are we making?” I’ve grudgingly accepted the idea of spending the day with Mama.

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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/21/18: Favorite Books

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., a time to celebrate family and generally overindulge in favorite food traditions.  I’ll be making deviled eggs, my elder son will be making an Under the Sea gelatin salad, and my younger son will be sharing a new recipe he discovered away at college. My mother, bless her, will be handling the bulk of the meal.  And Black Friday… y’all can have all of it you want. I’m staying home and waiting for Cyber Monday and the sales after to do my shopping aside from select local shops.

As for #NaNoWriMo… it’s going. I think I’ll actually finish Keeping House, but I won’t get to work on the novella I was wanting to and that’s okay. My mind has switched gears to another novella, one in the Appalachian Elementals series, this one about the characters Conall and Bea. Conall’s the strong, silent type and Bea’s dynamite in a small package. Those are both cliche’ archetypes, but it’s all I can really say about them at present. They’re talking to me as characters do to authors. Well, Conall is. Bea’s giving me the stink eye most of the time, but I think she’ll slowly open up. This novella might actually be a Romance, but if it is, it’ll be a really topsy-turvy one, mainly Bea’s doing, I think. This novella will be set in the Revolutionary War period. Historical Fantasy… that’ll be a new one for me, and it might be the first work I’ve written from a male perspective.

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Three 11/17: Stuck

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.

This past week has been interesting. I’ve been triggered and experienced passive-aggressive not-submissions to the publisher I do acquisitions for (If I can’t talk on the phone then, oh well, I just don’t have the time). Okay. And?

I’m going holiday shopping with my mother today. Let’s hope that helps because my current view of humanity rather stinks.

I’m sharing from my recently-released novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s just been berated by the homestead’s aggravating house spirit.

The first sentence, in yellow, comes from last week’s snippet.

  “Be nice to your mama.” A self-lit orb shoots across the kitchen and into the living room, trilling laughter as it goes.

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Author #Selfcare: How not to be Triggered by the Crazymakers in “Safe” Online Communities

TW/CW: Emotional Abuse Discussion
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CRAZYMAKER

Why am I sharing this experience? Clarity. My directly addressing what happened makes it easier for me to put aside.

So I admit it, I was recently triggered by someone online. It happens, particularly to people with PTSD like myself, but what slays me is that it happened inside what’s supposed to be an online “safe” space, a private, membership-via-application community.

My biggest trigger is easily crazymaking behavior. Why? Because it creates a no-win situation for the victim. I lived with that behavior from an ex for over a decade then again with an adult child who learned the behavior from said parent, and it taught me to doubt every choice I make, to self-blame, to doubt my own sanity.

Needless to say, neither of these people are in my life anymore. (Don’t judge where the adult child is concerned. When the abusive behavior of someone you love is making you physically ill, it often becomes a save-yourself-first scenario. It wasn’t an easy choice, believe me.)

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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/14/18: Technicalities

#NaNoWriMo and me, we should be snuggling at this point but…. not so much. Yes, I believe I’m going to finish the first draft of Keeping House. Actually, I can see the end from here. It’s a matter of connecting the dots. But 50K?  (Context: Keeping House is now nearing 108K) Nope, not happening. And finishing off my Sci-Fi novella? That’s not happening either, but I can get it done in December.

 

 

Ideas though, they keep coming. Plot bunnies run amok. New ideas are good, but those bunnies can complicate WIPs.  This series and side stories could keep me occupied for years to come.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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