Month: December 2013
Where I’m at Wednesday is going to be a quick update, due to the holiday festivities.
I had something tragic happen. Last week, I mentioned that I was working on chapter 18; however, it got sent into the world of “Never To Be Seen Again”. Yup! When I went to retrieve the chapter from off my iPad, it was gone. And iCloud didn’t back it up. So, I painstakingly had to rewrite it.
After I cleared my head of doubt and discouragement, I focused on the issues and conversations in chapter 18. The rewrite is going slower, but I think it is better.
This isn’t the first time my work was erased. In To Desecrate Man, an entire chapter was accidently deleted. I will admit that I cried. It was at the pinnacle point—the energy and heartfelt emotions gushed out of the chapter; only to be obliterated. Starting over was not easy. The overwhelming feeling to give-up compressed me. It took awhile to recoup, but then I continued. When I finished the book, I felt so accomplished!
If you are a writer—don’t give up! We all suffer setbacks.
Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!
I am still working in chapter 17, and am very happy with the direction it’s going. But, I will try not to get too attached, because it might change during final edits.
Recently, I started researching Copenhagen, Denmark. It is beautiful!
Even though the characters aren’t going to stay long (maybe an hour delay), I’d like to know their surroundings. Then we’re off to London! Thank goodness, I have friends and family members to help answer questions pertaining to England.
TRUE and INTERESTING FACTS about The Sphere Of Archimedes:
—Professor Donovan Spiegler is modeled after UC, Berkeley Professor Richard A. Muller, and Cary Grant’s character: Dr. Noah Praetorius in People Will Talk.
—The character “Ms. Sloth” (not her real name) was my seventh grade teacher.
—Oliver’s “shopping overload” with his mother and sister, was my experiences as a child. My mother and grandmother would take me on long trips to the mall. They spent hours and hours of sifting through racks of clothes.
—Donovan’s narrative, about being bullied, was my uncle’s story. The only difference: When my uncle went to punch his tormentor, he turned his head. Consequently, the bully was struck in the throat.
—Joshua (boy on the cover) couldn’t stop giggling for the photo shoot. When handing him the glass orb, I said: “This sphere sucks-up bullies.” It made matters worse! We had to take a few moments to compose his laughter.
—Oliver’s obnoxiousness is based on a combination of my youngest daughter and husband. My oldest daughter is the source of Amy’s character.
—Our family DOES own a tarantula.
—Gumble’s disposition is based on our dog, Boomer. Sadly, Boomer died a few weeks after I had finished the book; however his goofy, loveable-self is forever immortalized in this book.
—I have only been to the South Rim Grand Canyon once when I was 10 years old. In order to write about North Rim, I had to study the geography of the park, the trails, and stations in the area, because I’ve never been there.
—My mother had a business meeting in Flagstaff, and we stayed in the Little America Hotel™. They DO have the fattest squirrels and chipmunks I have ever seen!
—I knew the road trip from Phoenix to Wyoming was going to be long and boring, so I added many distractions from the drabness of driving.
Special thanks to Google Earth and caffeine!
Ah—the holidays. It’s a time to relax, enjoy friends & family, reflect on our blessings, and eat. I trust you had a marvelous day?
Shortly after Thanksgiving, the reality strikes us that Christmas is on its merry way. I enjoy the festivities, but not the shopping. Crowds send me into a panicked state. I don’t know why, but maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if people weren’t rude during this time of year. Is the toy, electronic device, or stuff really worth the irritation? If holiday cheer and glee accompanied the shopping experience, maybe it would be less cumbersome. Also, since I’ve worked retail most of my life, I take pity on the cashiers enduring those endless lines, and snippy people. I’ve been in their shoes, and I wouldn’t EVER want to work in retail again!
Okay, on with where I’m at! Guess what? I finished chapter 16, and am currently writing chapter 17. Finally, my characters get to move to different sceneries. Believe me, it is VERY difficult to write about cold weather, when I live in a desert. Seriously, I stuck my head in the freezer several times, to get the feel of being cold. Some of my close friends managed to attain a full-body snowsuit, so it could help with the visual aspects of writing. I’m happy to envision different terrain.
In this chapter there’s a bit of excitement. Our hero proves his valor – risking his life for another, even if it is just a dog. Next, my characters are going to Denmark. It wasn’t a planned destination, but research revealed the modes of transportation only go to Copenhagen. Even though the characters won’t be staying long, I am excited for the opportunity to research Copenhagen, Denmark
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Take care, my friends.