Hints of Things to Come…

*Update- The editing is going well, if brutal and time-consuming can be considered “well.” For those of you who don’t know, writing a novel is a lot of hard work and an introspective nightmare. Often questions like, “Did I really write that?” and “What was I thinking?” and “Seriously?” go through the writer’s mind. We waver between doubting we possess any skill- even the task of brushing teeth comes under attack, to having moments of, as I heard it described in a documentary on film, ‘seeing the wind in the trees.’ These wind moments are those deep truths poking out of the page that we didn’t always plan, but are, I say with humility, brilliant.

As someone who believes there is a higher power holding the reins, I find often find myself in gracious awe of my Creator and the gift of creativity. It is no mistake that I am writing now. I couldn’t have done this 10 or 15 years ago. I won’t pretend I’m really good at it, but the act of writing, of creating a world, characters, and a vision, has blessed me. I am a better person because of this brutal and time-consuming task of stringing words together, one after the other.

I would like to thank my beta-readers for putting up with my sub-par draft and doing the work to help me make this story what it is supposed to be. This journey is not a lonely one. I am immensely thankful for the input and advice of those who know and will still be my friends afterwards. If you are lucky enough to have people like this in your writing life, thank God, lucky stars, or something, because it’s more than any of us deserve.

Finally, I will stop rambling and give you a hint of things to come in my next book, The Red Cloak. If you haven’t bought your copy of the first book, The Red String– better hurry! This isn’t going to spoil anything for those of you who are waiting, waiting, waiting, for me to be done already! Here is the Table of Contents for The Red Cloak. I expect these titles to remain, but, well, things happen for the good of the story, so don’t hold me to them…

 

Prologue

 

1.   The Cloak of Dreams

2.   The Amnesiac

3.   The Correct Gauge

4.   The Book

5.   The Brain

6    The Son

7.   The Necessary, the Possible, and the Impossible

8.   The Synonym for Love

9.   The Good News

10. The Least She Could Do

11. The Upside-Down World

12. The Mystery of Joy

13. The Little Children

14. The Impossible Mission

15. The Red Cloak

16. The Assignment

17. The Wilderness Zone

18. The Tree of Life

19. The Package

20. The Hands of Heaven

21. The Negotiation

22. The Small Acts of Heroics

23. The Memories

24. The Phrase

25. The Good Friend

26. The News

 

 

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Amidst the Throes of Editing…

I am in deep doo-doo. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. Here’s the situation- I gave the next installation of my trilogy, The Red Cloak, to my beta-readers.  I have received one critique back (one is enough) and I am presently keeping VERY busy making sure words like VERY and  present-LY and other nuisances, a.k.a. all adverbs, are a mile away from my story. 

Since I am swamped, dearies, I am going to be lame and make this post short. Here’s a link I found useful in the midst of my editing- I hope you find it helpful as well!

Thanks for the tips, Fiction University!

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/02/five-edits-to-strengthen-your-writing.html

 

WINNERS OF THE FREE SIGNED “THE RED STRING” BOOK CONTEST

I am very grateful for all of I have “met” through WordPress and for all those who have been so supportive of my writing and rambling. Thanks you all!

The winners of the contest are as follows-

From WordPress- Pheonixasubbie

From the Days of the Guardian Facebook page– Mark C. and Greg S.

I will contact all of you sometime today!

Thanks again!