Top o’ the morning to all of you! I’ve been away for a couple of months now. That is quite a stretch, I know!
Still, I’ve been busy. I have a new job in downtown Vancouver that I am just loving. It is great to be part of team. I am excited and delightfully taking in new information on a daily basis.
I’m working on my second book. Oh, I’ve got six on the go and for quite some time ‘Insomnia’s Dream‘ was occupying my attention. I hit the wall in Chapter 15. I had lost some of what I’d written one night as I poured out a chapter that I thought was fabulous. And exhausted I didn’t save it. Oddly this incident seemed to really bring me to a complete halt for that particular story-line. I began to consider the direction I was going in the telling of the tale. I read back through the previous chapters and I liked how the story that was unfolding. In fact there were a few stories developing along with sub-plots.
I didn’t want this project to become a jumbled mess. And sometimes when I’m in the emotional write state, my sweet little imagination runs just a bit wild.
The idea for this story had changed a few times already and while the plot had pretty much crystallized I found myself now in a bit of quagmire. This is a pivotal part of the story and I need to work out a few things so that it will all tie in at the end.
I’ll go back to it in a few months. By then I’ll know which way I want to go with it.
I looked at my next project. This was going to be a trilogy. Still I had some indecision about this one as well.
So for about three weeks I really took a look at all my projects. I streamlined them, deciding how these tales would eventually unfold, created characters and developed in point form the basic outline. Yes, they all have a few chapters written at this point.
Still the trilogy was something of a puzzle. This was the project I had chosen to work on next and I was doing research to ensure my fictional story was authentic, genuine and told with passion for the subject matter. The subject matter of this story is the written language and our desire to communicate, to record our lives, to tell our truth.
As I slipped off to sleep a few months back the story came to life in my mind’s eye. I was in that place where I wasn’t quite asleep but not really awake either. Yet, my awareness was such that I knew this. And I played out the story-line in those moments. Cemented the idea then drifted off into a blissful slumber.
When I woke in the morning, the trilogy idea was no longer an option. This would be one story…one book. At the moment I am still doing research and I am creating chapters. It’s coming together and I am enjoying the process immensely. The first draft should be finished by October 2017. That’s what I’m aiming for.