#WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 12/05/18: Book and Blade

It’s snowing here, and it looks like there’ll be more than a skift on the ground by morning. A skift is a dusting, in case you don’t know. Skifts are regular things here in Northeast Tennesse, but we get measurable snow a few times most years. I remember snows of up to three feet and years with only one or two skifts.

Like everything else, it all depends, but I didn’t find a wooly worm this year to know what that traditional form of weather prediction had to say.

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.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 12/5/2018: 5+1= 6 paragraphs from Keeping House, book two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

The Setup: I’m skipping ahead a bit. Cent and Stowne have spent some, er, quality time together, and now Stowne has two gifts for Cent before she leaves.

     “This is how we will share while you are away.” Stowne set a fat, handmade book by her head.

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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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#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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#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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#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/7/18: Leave Taking

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

 

 

 

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

But first, here’s the blurb for Keeping House as it stands now.

Appalachian Elementals #2

Coming in 2019 from Mountain Gap Books  

Centenary Rhodes is caught in a deal she didn’t make. Thanks to her eternal lover, Stowne’s, quick thinking, she’ll live forever, but there’s a hitch. Cent’s now fey, and three months out of the year she’ll live on the other side of Embreeville Mountain among the Hunter Fey. She’ll work for their ruler, King Dane, and merge the Hunter’s illegal income into their ironworking business so the profits look legitimate.

As Cent begins wading through the anachronisms that come with being a Hunter, she learns that nothing is what it initially seems. Cent shares several past lives with Dane, who wants her back, and Stowne’s lied to Cent so many times that she’s having doubts about their marriage. To make matters worse,  the past Hunter Kings are influencing Dane’s behavior, and the youngest Hunter, Brinn, might well be the most dangerous of them all.

It’s going to be a cold, dark spring, and Cent needs to unite both sides of Embreeville mountain before her eternal life, her relationship with Dane, and her marriage to Stowne come permanently undone.

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5: #HolidayTreeNovella #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/31/18 Uncontrolled Magic

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5…This marks day five day of my ten-day countdown until the release of my novella Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.  This post, above the others thus-far, relates directly to the novella because it comes directly from the novella.

Keep reading to see what I mean.


 

First off, Happy Halloween! Wonderful Samhain! Happy day! It’s a new year if you follow certain pagan paths. So blessings for you and yours as the wheel begins another turn.

Welcome to another WIPpet Wednesday*. This week I’m sharing again from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half. Or, for the purposes of the release day tour, #1.5. (Update – we’re running with 1.5 across the board to prevent any confusion.)

Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is scheduled for a November 5th release.

WIPpet ONE “A Cedar in the Corner”

WIPpet TWO “The Perfect Tree”

WIPpet THREE “Yuletide Memories”

WIPpet FOUR “Follow Your Heart”

WIPpet FIVE “Rebirth”

WIPpet SIX “Winter Evergreen”

WIPpet SEVEN “Refresher”

Here’s my WIPpet math for 10/31/18: 8-1-1=6 paragraphs from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.

The Setup: Quarter-magic Cent and her half-magic mother, Nida, are making holiday decorations together when Nida insists that she should be able to use her own magic. Cent reluctantly agrees to guide her through simple energy manipulation when this happens.

FYI: Half-magic brings mental instability with it, meaning Nida is a diagnosed Schizophrenic whose magic the family controls through spells, lots and lots of spells that dampen Nida’s power.

Most people don’t have magic flowing through them. And usually, those that do aren’t aware it’s there. So Mama not using her magic isn’t weird, it’s normal. I’m one of the few that both know and understand their own power but… “All right.” I sit beside her at the table. “Put your hand over your star.” I lay my hand on hers, pushing back the spells so she can feel a little of her own power, her own— “Ow!” Her energy flings me from the bench and across the room so I land by the back door.

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/24/18 Refresher

Welcome to another WIPpet Wednesday*. This week I’m sharing again from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half. Or, for the purposes of the release day tour, #1.5. (Update – we’re running with 1.5 across the board to prevent any confusion.)

Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is scheduled for a November 5th release.

 

I spent much of last weekend with Mountain Gap Books at a local arts event, selling books and doing that thing called “exposure.” I met a lot of nice people and, yes, the exposure was excellent. I also sold quite a few early release copies of Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which made things extra nice.

 

 

 

Here’s my WIPpet math for 10/24/18: 118 for 118 words from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree.

WIPpet ONE “A Cedar in the Corner”

WIPpet TWO “The Perfect Tree”

WIPpet THREE “Yuletide Memories”

WIPpet FOUR “Follow Your Heart”

WIPpet FIVE “Rebirth”

WIPpet SIX “Winter Evergreen”

The section in yellow comes from last week’s WIPpet.

“It’s like Christmas, isn’t it? I mean they’re similar, right?”

   “In some ways, yes. But others…” Rayne shakes their head, this time slinging water from their deep blue locks. “Drains and dribbles. I’ll call it back.” They chant low, drawing the water to their form, smiling as it disappears into their bare, puddling feet. “I think you need a holiday refresher.”

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/10/18 Rebirth

Another week has come and gone. I’m not writing much in the way of new material right now. Rather, I’m preparing for my next release in November.  This prep includes blog posts, lots of blog posts. I’m gearing up for a couple of weeks of at least one post a day. It’s tedious, but it’s generally worth it.

Welcome to another WIPpet Wednesday*. This week I’m sharing again from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half. Or, for the purposes of the release day tour, #1.5. (Update – we’re running with 1.5 across the board to prevent any confusion.)

Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is scheduled for a November 5th release.

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 10/3/18 Follow Your Heart

Our big orange boy kitty, Sampson (Sammy) is in the hospital with what they think is an infection. He’s a sick kitty and, at the age of fifteen, there’s only so much that can be safely done to help him. He’s on IV antibiotics and being made comfy. That’s our start point.

Here’s how Sampson got his name. When we adopted him from a local shelter, someone had lobbed off his whiskers… hence, Sampson. He was skinny, whiskerless, but oh-so-sweet in the way he laid his head to my shoulder when I took him from his cage that I melted. At the shelter, they said he was around eighteen months old, but when we got him to the vet to be fixed we were surprised to learn that he was maybe six months old. He’s a big boy, a probable Maine Coon cross, and he has nothing but love for everyone.

Sammy later grew in some of the longest cat whiskers I’ve ever seen.  They vary from 6″ to 7″ long.

Here’s hoping Sammy does well and returns home to us.

Welcome to another WIPpet Wednesday*. This week I’m sharing again from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half. Or, for the purposes of the release day tour, #1.5. (Update – we’re running with 1.5 across the board to prevent any confusion.)

Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree is scheduled for a November 5th release.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 10/3/18: I’m taking the three for three paragraphs from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree. The brief sentence in yellow comes from last week’s WIPpet.

WIPpet ONE “A Cedar in the Corner”

WIPpet TWO “The Perfect Tree”

WIPpet THREE “Yuletide Memories”

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#WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed 9/19/18 The Perfect Tree

I’m five days post my last event, and I’m still glowing. We had our very first large-scale Pride festival here in NE TN, and it was fun, wonderous, successful… add any word you want as long as it’s positive. I not only met a lot of people and sold both my latest release and from my back catalog, I also talked to a lot of wonderful young people that made me remember how much I miss teaching. Sigh. That part of my life is over, but it was still nice to talk to young writers in such an uplifting setting.

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday*, by the way. This week I’m sharing from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree – Appalachian Elementals 1 ½. Yes, 1 ½. This novella is set in the holiday season between novels one and two, so we decided to run with the half, or, for the purposes of the upcoming release day tour, 1.5.

WIPpet Math: for 9/19/18 – 9+9-1-1= 16 sentences from Mama, Me, and the Holiday Tree, which is scheduled for a November 1, 2018 release in ebook novella format.

NOTE: The first paragraph, in yellow, comes from last week’s WIPpet, and Cent is speaking.

You can read last week’s WIPpet HERE.

   “Two days. I know. Thanks, honey, but can we do something about the mess?”

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