I’m working on Stalemate again. Val and I have been meeting with two close friends for a critique group every couple of weeks and we have been breaking it down, chapter by chapter. It has taken on a life of its own and I am very grateful for the feedback. It has also been a small thrill as a writer to see them interested and on the edge of their seats ever so slightly meeting after meeting.
One of the most emotional scenes in the book just came to life for me. I found the scene’s soundtrack and it transformed everything, as music often does. To say Ludovico Einaudi was one of my muses would not be an understatement…
I put the headset on my husband’s ears and asked him to read the scene. Part way through he put his hand over his mouth, moved, eyes tearing.
This is what I wanted. This is how I wanted the reader to feel. I’m happy.
Yes, it’s true. My Red Riveted Rooster Rocket business cards have finally been retired…
They had a long run and were very popular but, though I still do children’s book illustration, my style focus has shifted and I needed something to reflect that. I have also been doing a great deal of writing lately, both on my novel (one of them) and with the local writer’s group that I run, so I wanted to incorporate that somehow as well.
The text is from what is now chapter three of the novel for my Odonatia project. I am going to be using the month of November, NaNoWriMo, to complete the manuscript and begin editing in December. I am looking to publish in the first half of 2009 so I am really excited. The few individuals who have been privy to my writing have been sitting on the edge of their seat waiting patiently for the final read. They are my cheering squad and my whip crackers so it has been fun.