Saturday, February 23, 2013

Draft 3

It took a month to complete my third draft of Cabin 108 and, finally today, I sent it to my editor for review.  Changing one small thing can have a domino effect and require many other alterations.  Each rewrite has improved the story and the words.  My hope is I am now past the major hurdles and can get down to quick, easy fixes.  That will all be determined by what my editor comes back to me with in a week or two.  Hopefully, her workload is light right now.

I am more active on Facebook promoting my book.  Please like my page there for a chance to win a print of one of Uta Mooney's amazing paintings she did based on my book.  A random drawing will be held when I get 100 likes on my page.  It is currently at 70.  Spread the word; tell your friends.  I am going to have to sell a lot of books to make this labor of love pay off.  It's been a year and half effort and I am inching toward publication.

Uta is planning to return to the United States this summer and we already have plans to display her work and mine in Portland, OR, thanks to a friend.  Details will be forthcoming as they become finalized.

For now, I will leave you with the beginning lines of Cabin 108:  

Cabin door Number 108 stared at him as he sucked one more deep breath of the warm, summer breeze. His fingers curled into his sweaty palm, and he knocked meekly three times. The crescendo of silence nearly made his brain explode. The sound of an unlocking deadbolt broke the still, and he watched the doorknob turn. Had the moment he waited so long for finally arrived? Blood, hotter than lava, spewed from his heart as the door slowly opened. Leg tremors quaked the earth below. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Latest

Haven't had much time to share here lately.  Been busy with editing my third draft which should be complete next week.  Then that will be hurry up and wait until my editor responds to it.  Last weekend was crazy, not only didn't my daughter come for a visit, which always livens up the house, but Uta Mooney's solo art exhibition based on my book opened.  Check out a video she made before the doors opened here!  It was a huge success.

                       I didn't handle all the pressure well.  This is South Australia's first impression of me.

                There was nice article in an online newsletter about the exhibit  you can see here.

   Oh, and I can unveil the full portraiture Uta did of me now titled "The Writer".

Monday, February 4, 2013

Crazy Fun Times

As promised, my editor sent back my second draft a couple weeks ago and I have been working on it non-stop ever since.  I must say I thoroughly enjoy the challenges she throws at me.  Refitting the key pieces, the story is evolving, the characters developing, the ending no longer clear.

But, today is a big one for another reason.  My buddy, Uta Mooney, is setting up her exhibition of paintings based on my to-be-published book.

This is outside Gallery M in Adelaide, South Australia, where the exhibit will be displayed.  
It opens February 8th.

Not sure you can read the gallery newsletter, but the article on the bottom explains the concept and inspiration.

This is the back one of the canvases Uta will hang on the gallery walls of the imagination.

These are a few phrases from my book that are spread out on the gallery floor during set-up.

I am going to be the most famous, unpublished author in Australia before the week's over!