#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 5/15/2019 Meringue and Secrets

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled … Yes, I have a title for this WIP! You’re reading snippets from Striking Balance, a side tale in my Appalachian Elementals series.

Yay for titles!

Oh, and I also designed a new aesthetic last week. This one is about family… the young person in the lower left is Nub. To his right is someone you’re familiar with if you’ve been keeping up with my blog, and to her right is Conall. The upper characters are ones you’ll meet in Keeping House, which will be released on July 8th.

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog and/or this series thus far, then you also know who the Hunters are. This might be a bit of spoiler, but it shouldn’t be. It hopefully makes you curious as to how this all comes to be.

In case you need to catch up, here are links to other posts in this series.

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

WIPpet Five: Johnnycakes

WIPpet Six: Short People Problems

WIPpet Seven: Apple Dumplin’ Shop

WIPpet Eight: Mired

WIPpet Nine: Eclipsed

WIPpet Ten: Poke Sallet and Common Loaf

Here’s my #WIPpet Math for 5/22/2019: I’m stealing the 9 for nine paragraphs from… Striking Balance.

Note: The first sentence, in orange, comes from Nub’s head since we’re in his POV, and he’s thinking about Mary and Davy, who are an enslaved mother and son.

     But that by no means make it right.

     I excuse myself between the main meal and the dessert course and exit through the kitchen, making my way outside and to the privy. Widow Alcott has a well-appointed one, I’ll grant her that, but I’m not there to make use of it.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 5/15/2019 Poke Sallet and Common Loaf

So how did I do with last week’s to do/ in progress list? Well…

  • Finish formatting the print version of Keeping House and load it for print production  (waiting for approval on corrections then it’s done!)
  • Design event t-shirts for Mountain Gap Books (didn’t even start this)
  • Manage the Cleaning House audiobook production (in progress. We’re making some dialect corrections)
  • Read through anthology submissions (caught up)
  • Work on the nameless WIP that’s already over 25K (I think it’s going to be a short novel at this point) I’m almost to 30K!
  • Finish editing Mountain Gap Book’s November release (wishful thinking)
  • Prep for a July blog tour (almost done here)
  • Physical therapy on the shiny new knee
  • Submit a vendor application for a September Pride event
  • Set up a Patreon (nope)

I’ll grant myself some slack since I’m still recovering from surgery, but I’ve still got a lot to get done. But now I need to add two short writing projects to the list. I suppose those will replace my WIP writing this week, sigh. I’m becoming quite attached to this WIP, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the research involved.

I also did an aesthetic last week for this WIP, so here’s a hint of things to come.

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

 

 

In case you need to catch up, here are links to other posts in this series.

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

WIPpet Five: Johnnycakes

WIPpet Six: Short People Problems

WIPpet Seven: Apple Dumplin’ Shop

WIPpet Eight: Mired

WIPpet Nine: Eclipsed

Here’s this week’s #WIPpet Math for 5/15/2019: 5+1=6 for six paragraphs from… title is coming soon, I hope.

We’re picking up where we left off last week. Nub’s stuck at a dinner party he wants no part of, and he’s thinking about Emeline, their hostess’ younger daughter, who seems trapped in her older sister’s shadow. We’re starting with Nub’s thoughts on Emeline. These are marked in orange.

One note: We’re getting into a tender topic here. Slavery was a small part of this area of Tennessee during the late 18th century, so it feels logical to add the two enslaved people I have as characters. My thoughts on this issue are the same as Nub’s. I don’t care how “well” someone is treated. It’s simply not right to own another Human. Never has been. Never will be. It’s an unfortunate part of our past that shouldn’t be forgotten lest we repeat it.

…Emeline wouldn’t believe me though, even if I told her, because she’s trapped in her sister’s shadow and Widow Alcott allows this disservice to continue.

     “I agree, Mister Baldwin,” says Widow Alcott. “One never knows what a well-mannered hired boy might be managing later in life.” She calls for Mary to serve and for Davy to refill our tankards. The main floor of their three-story cabin in insufferably hot, even with the shutters wide to the evening, and I long to be at home, sitting on the front porch, drinking a mug of my own brew, listening to the spring peepers and frogs.

     Good eats, frog. I’d go frogging after this, but I’m not dressed for it.

     Blasted dinner.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 5/8/2019 Eclipsed

Like the new ad? Yeah, I do too. So what’s going on in my world? Well…

 

 

 

Jeanne’s current to do/in progress list

  • Finish formatting the print version of Keeping House and load it for print production
  • Design event t-shirts for Mountain Gap Books
  • Manage the Cleaning House audiobook production
  • Read through anthology submissions
  • Work on the nameless WIP that’s already over 25K (I think it’s going to be a short novel at this point)
  • Finish editing Mountain Gap Book’s November release
  • Prep for a July blog tour
  • Physical therapy on the shiny new knee
  • Submit a vendor application for a September Pride event
  • Set up a Patreon

Nothing going on here. Nothing at all. Move along.

I shouldn’t have made that list because now I’m stressing. *takes a deep breath*

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 5/1/2019 Mired

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

 

If I’m slow to share your comments, don’t fret. I’m currently residing in the land of medical… stuff. I’ll be back soon so comment way. I’ll reply as soon as I’m able.

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

WIPpet Five: Johnnycakes

WIPpet Six: Short People Problems

WIPpet Seven: Apple Dumplin’ Shop

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 5/1/2019 5-1=four paragraphs from… I’ll think of a title someday soon, I promise.

Note: We’re starting a new chapter, and Nub’s in the company of someone he’d rather not share airspace with. Remember that we’re in Nub’s POV.

     “Miss Charity.” I nod politely and turn toward the kitchen, but Conall catches me by the shoulder, turning me about.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 4/24/2019 Apple Dumplin’ Shop

Ooh, ooh… gotta share.  Cleaning House is a Speculative Fiction finalist for this year’s Bisexual Book Awards! I’m stoked! Here’s a LINK to the announcement. The awards are in June so wish me luck!

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

If I’m slow to share your comments, don’t fret. I’m currently residing in the land of medical… stuff. I’ll be back in a week or three so comment way. I’ll reply as soon as I’m able.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

 

 

 

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

WIPpet Five: Johnnycakes

WIPpet Six: Short People Problems

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 4/24/2019 I’m snagging the four for four paragraphs from… I’ll think of a title someday soon, I promise.

Note: The first line comes from last week’s WIPpet, and these are Nub’s thoughts since we’re in his POV.

     I’m as tall as I’m ever going to be, and we both know it.

     “You’ve proven yourself to me big or small, but I worry if you’ll ever find a girl of your own.” Conall pats my stomach. “We need to put some meat on you.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 4/17/2019 Short People Problems

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

 

 

If I’m slow to share your comments, don’t fret. I’m currently residing in the land of medical… stuff. I’ll be back in a week or three so comment way. I’ll reply as soon as I’m able.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

WIPpet Five: Johnnycakes

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 4/17/2019 I’m snagging the seven for seven paragraphs from… I’ll think of a title someday soon, I promise.

Note: The first line comes from last week’s WIPpet, and Conall is speaking.

     “Whatever you said, it involves me and food.”

     “I said you appreciate my cooking.” I center my tricorn on my head. It’s larger than I need, but it’d been the right price when I’d obtained it… free. I don’t care who lost it, it’s a fine hat indeed, better than Conall’s truth be known.

     “It’s like you stayed by your mother’s side long enough to learn.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 4/10/2019 Johnnycakes

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

WIPpet Four: Mary’s Chicken

Here’s my #WIPpet math for 4/10/2019: 4+2= 6 paragraphs from my still untitled side story set within the Appalachian Elementals series.

Note: The first paragraph, in orange, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     Widow Alcott’s looking at Conall as a future son-in-law, and I pray he doesn’t fall for her trap, Mary’s chicken or not.

     I glance up at him as we walk, content with my current lot. Conall Baldwin is a good boss and Master Gow, while strange, leaves us mostly to ourselves aside from the spring plantings, summer trimmings, and harvest time. This is the ninth summer Conall and I have worked this land, our ninth year of tobacco and corn. We’ve got a sufficient garden too, so Conall knows I’m joking when I said I’d rather have beans and eggs. I’d rather have eggs and greens and maybe some new potatoes with just enough salt pork for taste.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 4/3/2019 Mary’s Chicken

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my yet untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

WIPpet Three: No Daughter of Liberty

Here’s my #WIPpet Math for 4/3/2019: 3+1=4 paragraphs from my still untitled side story set within the Appalachian Elementals series

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

   Mary says Charity wouldn’t pluck a chicken to save herself from starvation, and I’m certain it’s true.

   “Come along, Nub.” Conall calls to me, and I slide down the loft’s ladder to stand beside him. We’re the long and the short of Master Gow’s Tusculum farm. That’s what Conall calls us when he’s drinking a bit too much of the liquor Master Gow leaves when he visits, but there probably won’t be any of that until after we get back home, if at all this night. It will depend on how badly Conall’s arm hurts when we return.

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals #WIP 3/27/2019 No Daughter of Liberty

Welcome to my contribution to #WIPpet Wednesday*, a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress (WIPs)!  I’m still plugging away at my still untitled WIP. Yes, I’ve a few titles in mind, but I’m not ready to share any of them as of yet.

I’m picking up where I left off last week.

In case you’re playing catch up…

WIPpet One: Something Brand New

WIPpet Two: Civilized Adult

Here’s my WIPpet math for 3/27/2019: 3=2= 5 paragraphs from, um, my new story inside the #AppalachianElementals series.

Note: This first sentence, in orange, comes from last week’s WIPpet, and it’s young Nub speaking.

     “I’ll go wash.”

     “Wet your hair and pull it back proper.” Conall follows me toward the house. “Wipe your shoes, brush your coat, and wash your face proper while you’re at it.”

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#WIPpetWed #AppalachianElementals 3/13/2019 Something Brand New

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

Since Keeping House is off to the proofreader, I’m sharing a little of my latest WIP this week. It’s Historical Appalachian Fantasy set in the Revolutionary War era and the years thereafter and, yes, it’s going to be part of the #AppalachianElementals series. It’s out of sequence so it’ll definitely be a side tale, and I don’t yet know when it’ll be finished, but I already love the main character’s voice. You might not know the characters involved, yet, but they’re in Keeping House, including Cent, who’ll be appearing as a secondary character in their 19th-century male form. (Cent has been reincarnated over a hundred times, if you don’t know, so these stories tie together through her/him/them and through Embreeville Mountain, a real place near where I live in Northeast Tennessee.)

I’m striving for historical accuracy inside this story so I’m doing a lot of research on the colonial era, especially what was then the frontier, but there’s not a whole lot of written history concerning the area and this is Fantasy genre so I’m allowing myself to leave holes that require more research. But there are no holes in this #WIPpet.

Here’s my math for 3/13/2019: 3+3-2-1= the first 3 paragraphs from my new unnamed story.

     “Whatcha doin’ up that tree, Nub?” Conall scratches his head as he looks up at me. I could dot his eye with a half-rotten crab apple if I wished, but I don’t. I drop a handful of leaves in his face instead, and he swats at them like they’re swarming bees, making me laugh.

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