On the brink of every New Year, I often think, "What will this year's headlines be?" and it's not long into January before some news story presents itself, and the year is off like a warhorse, charging headlong into whatever may come.
I used to be one to make resolutions, but was lucky if they survived the third week of January. So I don't do that anymore. And even though I've stopped with the resolutions, it seems like I improve from one year to the next anyway!
For 2016, I do hope I shake off this nasty habit of procrastination (but I've had it my whole 50 years, so chances of that are slim). If I don't, I'll accept myself anyway, and self acceptance is getting easier as I get older, which I'm happy to discover.
Writing-wise, I hope I finish Raid on Cochecho before the year is out. But this third installment of The Puritan Chronicles looks like it wants to expand to be a much longer project. Originally, the opening scenes were in 1676, then a quick jump 13 years ahead to 1689, but the characters are arguing with me. "A lot happens to us in 13 years!" they insist. Now, keeping in mind my all-time favorite, Gone With The Wind, spanned 10 years, writing a novel anywhere NEAR GWTW's word count is beyond daunting to a writer with my sort of attention span! So instead of writing the book in 2 parts as I first planned, maybe I'll break it into 3 parts; Part 2 will be somewhere between 1676 and 1689 obviously, to put even more flesh on the characters so when 1689 rolls around the reader is really invested in their welfare.
Presently I'm considering a scene with Alice and Absalom, two main fictional characters. But I've been neglecting Ebenezer Varney, one of my own ancestors. The multiple real-life ancestors are kinda taking a back seat to the fictional characters, and I guess that's ok, but I want to avoid having the reader come across one of my ancestor's names and not know who that character is because he or she wasn't mentioned enough.
So, I'm still plugging away. This is my most ambitious novel yet. I hope you will all enjoy it and be sure to leave me reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and/or Goodreads !
So here's wishing you a Happy New Year and may 2016 be good to you!