Hello, dear readers,
Today is a very, very GOOD day! I’m so close to finishing the novel that I can taste it. I have one more scene to write before the big confrontation. Then the epilogue, and I’m done! DONE! I will probably burst into very happy tears when I finally get to type “The End”. I estimate that The End will come on Thursday night, just in time for me to enjoy a wonderful weekend with The Boy before heading to the retreat on Monday.
I’ve written other novels before, but Dragonfly Summer is special to me. It will be the very first novel I’ve written in five years. After years of rewrites, I finally was able to return to this book, and I will finally be able to finish it. Since I started it almost four years ago, it’s been a long time coming. So far, I’m really happy with it. I’ve had moments when I hated writing it. Moments when I felt sorry for myself. Moments when I’d rather clean the house than sit in front of that computer again. However, I have never worried that this novel sucks, which is a common thing for a writer to go through. I’ve been very happy with how it reads, how it flows, and I like my protagonist. (Thinking that it sucks will most likely happen during the rewrite phase.)
Dragonfly Summer has not been an easy book to write. It’s about a woman who returns to her hometown to find out what happened to the friend who vanished fifteen years before. It’s a paranormal mystery, but it also deals with abuse, loss, controversial medical treatments, the falsely accused, stalking, harassment, genocide, and unrequited love. Not easy, light topics to write about by any means. There’s a lot of humor to light the reader’s way through the dark, but for the writer, it can be hard on the heart.
It may sound weird, but I know I’m going to miss my protagonist when the book is done. Her name is Jo, and although she’s flawed, she’s admirably strong and witty and sharp. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her.
Since this is a happy occasion, it seems a fitting time to mention that writer, editor, and Web 2.0 marketing guru Margo Dill selected me as the winner of the Circle of Friends blog award. As part of my job as recipient, I’m supposed to select five other worthy blogs.
1) Letters to the Universe is written by the other chick in my writing group. It’s super funny and a quick, enjoyable read. Please drop by and encourage her to post more often!
2) I See You…is a colleague from Backspace, a thriller writer from New Zealand who’s also hilariously funny. Her recent interview with author EJ Knapp is one of my favorite author interviews of all time.
3) Those of you who are interested in all things criminal may love The Graveyard Shift. Lee Lofland is a cop/writer who has scribed an excellent resource book for writers. Very interesting stuff!
4) On a recommendation from another Backspace colleague, I found The Innocent Flower.This blog is by a mother, artist, and writer who lives in the Rocky Mountains with her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter.
Thanks for all your encouragement and support! I couldn’t have done it without you.
What are you celebrating today? Let’s share our happy news!