I completed the first edit of Stubs and it is a story, hopefully a good one with strong characters and no obvious inconsistencies or contradictions. I hope its not too preachy which I tend to do and a clear picture emerges of good guys and ladies, and bad ones, and flawed ones which elicit the reader’s sympathies.
The way my year shapes up, I hope to have Stubs, Return to Blue Mountain and Black Robes complete by the end of the year.
From the beginning, I knew but would not admit that I would not abandon Stubs, that I would throw the forty year old manuscript into the recycling can and forget him. So what I did was look at the old manuscript, shape it, and come out with the story of Stubs. Stubs was born eight years before me but his world and mine were not so different. I looked at the first draft last week and will rework it in a modest way and have what will be the best I can do. As I write, and it must be true of most writers I begin to form the characters to the point where they begin to speak to me, telling me what I should write what I should go back and change.
Rachel is working on the illustrations for Return to Blue Mountain and we need to have periodic talks on progress. Like Rescue, would like to have it ready for the grandchildren and great grandchildren for Christmas. On the near horizon, work on Black Robes, and continuing thoughts about the book.
On my mind is what Katherine the great did when the Jesuits were disbanded. She recognized what they had to offer and invited them to teach in Russia! Until today, the Europeans and their progeny just couldn’t and can’t get along with the Russians. A never ending tale, I guess.
Rescue on Blue Mountain finished, both printed and ebook versions available on Amazon! I added the exclamation point as an after thought since exhibiting expressive behavior is not in my bones. Need to ask Simple Nerds to post it as available on this website. Finished first draft of Stubs and will try to finish editing by end of June. Rachel showed me first pieces of art work and I am encouraged about Return to Blue Mountain. By the end of July I hope I am “into” the Black Robes book. Envision finishing before the end of the year. I think in many ways I rushed through the first version of Stubs and at this point I don’t want to do the same thing on Black Robes. It is too interesting and challenging a subject.
Rescue on Blue Mountain should appear on Amazon by the end of next week. Rachel, the illustrator is already at work on Return to Blue Mountain and we should finish before Christmas.
I mentioned Stubs earlier, that it was a forty year old manuscript stuck away in a file cabinet which I pulled to explore whether it would make a novel. So I began writing, telling myself if was a loser I would drop it in the waste basket. I thought of doing that several times.
Well, I have kept plugging away and the current novel has been reworked extensively and I just won’t stop until the story is complete and then I will decide whether to throw it into the wastebasket or not. It is only weeks away from that time.
Anybody reading this will know that anybody who has spent months reworking a novel like Stubs is not going to throw it away. It is a story, it does have strong characters, a beginning, middle and end. So why stop now.
I am anxious to finish Stubs and still on my plate is the Black Robes story which has undergone some changes in my mind and will be a very different book than what was envisioned when I made the decision to write it.