#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 7/18/18 Four Thieves

(Looks up from her work) Oh, hi! Is it Wednesday already? Where’s the time gotten off to?

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. I’m sharing again from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 7/18/18 – I’m taking the seven for seven paragraphs from Cleaning House. Yes, I know this is actually non-math, but so goes it.

The setup: Cent’s thrown a spell bottle at Pyre because they’ve become a little too aggressive.

The first line, in yellow, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     The last of Pyre disappeared in a puff of angry black smoke that slid out the window.

     “You got ’em good!” Birdie’s laugh drifted from the corner.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 7/11/18 Rejected Affections

Twenty days, less than three week’s until Cleaning House – a Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy is released. This has been the most involved I’ve ever been in the publishing process and, actually, I’m loving it.

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*. I’m sharing again from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 7/11/18: 1+1=2, 7-1=6, 8, meaning 268 words from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Pyre, a fire elemental, has joined Cent, Tess, and Rayne, a water elemental, inside the homestead’s kitchen, and Pyre, it seems, is intent on rekindling an old relationship with Cent. The first paragraph, in yellow, comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     “It was quick, and you left me singed!” Cent raised her arm to swing at Pyre again. “Get outta my way!”

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 7/4/18 Singed

It’s hot here in Tennessee. Dang hot. A want to stay inside in the comfy AC sort of hot.

One might even say singed, but that’s not why I’ve used the word in this week’s WIPpet subject line.

Twenty-seven days to go until Cleaning House is released, that’s it. This is by far the most involved promotion set up I’ve ever been involved in, but it’s slowly paying off. I’ve already had a decent number of pre-orders, and I’ve managed to find some reviewers. Most of those reviews won’t appear right at the release, but they’ll be up during the release month. Here’s hoping the rest develops organically. (insert nervous grimace here)

This is an incredible amount of work to do on your own, and at times I feel I’m a fish totally out of water, but that’s okay. It’s getting done exactly as I want, and I like having this much control for once. Bad part is… If something gets screwed up, I’m the only one to blame.

It’s WIPpet Wednesday*, and I’m sharing from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s this week’s WIPpet math – 7/4/2018 – 1, 0, 7-4=3. That’s 103 words from Cleaning House – A Contemporary Appalachian Fantasy.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed /6/27/18 Commanded

I’m thick amid the chaos that ensues one month before a novel launch. I’m not complaining, mind you, but I’m definitely busy.

It’s WIPpet Wednesday*, and I’m sharing from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 6/27/18 – 8-1 = 7 paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Aunt Tess and Rayne have joined Cent in the kitchen. The first paragraph comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     “Yes’m. Thanks.” Cent stared into the corner after Birdie had left. For someone quiet, she sure said a lot this time.

     “I see Birdie’s already welcomed you home.” Rayne clapped their hands, scattering water across the old-wood countertops and shelves. “And that you’ve started cleaning without us.” They began to chant, agitating the water droplets so they picked up the dirt that’d refused to leave. “Begone stubborn spots. Leave this kitchen clean!” Rayne pointed to the open window, and the dirty water obeyed, flying out like the dirt had earlier. “There. Much better.” Rayne rubbed their hands together and smiled.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday 6/20/18 A Familiar Haint

One of the best parts of writing, IMO, is sharing your work with others, but it’s also the most terrifying. What if they don’t like it? What if… welp, you’re not going to please everyone all the time, that’s for certain, and there are those who make a sport out of shooting authors down in flames. It’s a game, a dance, and I’m about to do it again with the release of my seventh, you heard right, seventh novel.

So how do I handle criticism? I listen to the constructive and try to ignore the rest, which isn’t always easy. Even the most successful authors have their critics… and their haters. To each their own. Whatever you want to call it, if you go into the game knowing you’re going to be slapped around a bit, things get much easier. Problem is…you generally don’t get to slap back. It’s considered disrespectful coming from the author’s end unless the criticism is totally, and I do mean, totally, warranted. My being ritualistic in how I handle criticism has certainly helped me contain my angst or anger or both. I’ll explain what I mean by ritualistic in another post but suffice to say that it’s very cathartic for me.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday 6/13/18 Begone


I’m worn to a frizzle-frazzle. There’s too much on my plate. Too much to get done.  And none of that’s good for someone who is chronically ill. I’m not complaining, mind you. I’m merely reminding myself to take breaks and listen to my body.

It’s never advisable to let yourself run out of spoons.

My scheduled blog tour is almost filled (Yay!) and several of the sites are asking for unique content. (takes a deep breath) Reality check – this tour isn’t until August, so I have plenty of time. Set a pace. Right?  I’m also doing a final read through on a novel for the small publisher I’m working with. Good stuff. I’m doing a bit of word choice and formatting tweaking before it flies off to the editor.

A little list-making is in order.  I think I’ll start right here.

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#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday 6/6/18 An Appalachian Mix

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*!

The Cleaning House promo rumpus has officially started! Seriously, it has. If you check this blog, you’ll find all sort of interesting posts including a new Meet the Characters (Five things About) series alongside the usual #rainbowsnippets and #WIPpet Wednesday posts. I’ll be adding more as we move closer to the 8/1 release date, and I’ll be sharing cool ads for Cleaning House too, beginning with the one above.

But, for today, here is the Meet the Characters posts for Exan and Gan, two very interesting spirits. One is Cent’s family, and the other is an, er, longtime friend.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 6/6/2018: 6-2=4 paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The setup: Aunt Tess and Cent are discussing what’s going to happen next, and Cent’s feeling intimidated.

     [Cent] “This ain’t going to be easy, is it?”

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