Not "TheEnd." Yet.
Good News: Caroline Clemmons finished Daniel McClintock and I'm bouncy-happy that I'll finally get to read that book! You can read about her new release in her last SGRR post, Typing the End of the Book!
Bad News: My next book, Much Ado About Mail-Order Brides (Hearts of Owyhee #6), which was supposed to release this week, is only half done.
I know, I know--it's killin' me!
But sometimes stories pour onto the page and sometimes it takes a jackhammer. This one's taking a jackhammer. But first it ran over me with a steamroller. Even bruised and battered, I'm rethinking and finally this book is revealing itself to me. If there's one trait that a writer absolutely must have, it's tenacity.
That's a nice word for stubbornness.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Romeo and Juliette, Act II, Scene II
It all started when I realized that my villain's name didn't sound like a Manhattan dance teacher, so I found the perfect name for him. But then that character absolutely refused to be a bad guy. Maybe a medium bad guy, but not intentionally even at that.
So then I needed a bad bad guy. Really bad. He barged in like nobody's business--he must've been waiting for his casting call all along. This fellow is nasty baaad. Perfect!
But...two villains? That don't know each other? Suddenly I have too many coincidences, and that's not good, either.
You'd think changing one character's name wouldn't be that big of a deal. Just do a search and replace. But it turns out that names are too powerful to be dealt with in such a flippant manner. If they can be, then you have the wrong name for sure.
The act of search and replace turns the ripple effect into a tsunami.
Now I have to go back through the entire first half of the book and find places where I can interject a little foreshadowing, plus both the bad guy and the bad bad guy need to have backstories and even more important--viable reasons for being in Silver City at the exact time the story is set, which is October, 1885. This will affect at least six chapters and over a dozen scenes. Some of them will have to be tossed and written anew.
I'm not a fan of rewriting.
So the book will be late, as will Honey Beaulieu #4, since I haven't even started on it yet. Here it is, February 4, and I'm already two months behind on my publishing schedule. LOL. Maybe I should reassess, ya think?
Stay tuned for the new release announcement for Much Ado About Mail-Order Brides (Hearts of Owyhee #6) sometime in March--maybe even by my next schedule blog post!
Until then, happy reading and/or writing!
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