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I think it’s finally spring here in west Michigan. The birds have been returning, led by the robins and geese. A random snow shower might still pop up uninvited; Michigan can be, after all, quite tempestuous. But the grass is greening up, the horses are finally shedding their heavy winter coats, and the ORV park out at Silver Lake opened this month.

Which means it’s difficult to concentrate on not only my work at the library, but also on my book, Lift. First in the Flying Ponies series, it’s sitting on my old desk in my office at home, waiting for me to complete its editing. I know I need to buckle down and get to it, but the warm weather keeps calling me outside. Our kids are taking lambs to the county fair this year, and last night we worked on building their pen. No editing was accomplished.

I don’t actually mind editing. I know whatever I do now will only strengthen the story. My first reader gave it a good review, and also pointed out some things that need fixing, which is what a first reader should do. I have a plan of action to fix what’s broken. Now it’s just a matter of getting down to it.

The first story in the Pentallian Chronicles is coming along. The rewrite is much better than my first attempt at telling the story. And I’ve started making notes and finding character pictures for a future story (more on that in a future post). Unfortunately, none of that is helping get Lift edited. So it sits on my desk, half of it highlighted, the other half waiting. The highlighting is to help me make sure all of the various plot threads make it all the way through the book, and don’t suddenly drop off or stop. So far, everything looks good.

But the sun still calls, and the dunes are beckoning, as are the trails. My horse needs brushing to get all his winter fuzz off. There are so many other things I’d really rather be doing than sitting at good old Wellington (my desk) and pouring over a manuscript. Still, it has to be done. I have to find the motivation. The Flying Ponies deserve a chance to shine. Their story should be told.

So in the end, the dunes and trails will have to wait. My XJ and my horse can chill in the sun a little longer. And once Lift is done and sent off to my publisher, then I too can go play in the sunshine.

 

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So I know I haven’t updated this website in quite a while, and I apologize for that. I do, however, have some big news about the Flying Ponies. I finished the first book (as yet untitled) on Valentines Day, and am letting it sit for a few weeks before taking on the task of editing it. The rough draft is now in the hands of my first reader, my oldest niece. She is an aspiring writer, too, and she’s good – I have no doubt she’ll become a best-selling writer.

After doing research on the best ways to get published, and looking at scores of agents’ websites, I decided to be brave and become a self-published writer. K. R. Conway, author of the best-selling YA series Undertow and owner of Wicked Whale Publishing, is helping me along on my journey. She is walking me through how to become an indie author, and I feel confident being in her capable hands.

I will keep you updated on the progress of my first novel. My other writing plans include finishing the rewrite of the first Pentallian series, and beginning research for a dieselpunk story.

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So I don’t know about anyone else’s characters, but when I’m editing, mine like to try and tell me how to do it.

“Oh, you don’t need to take that part out.”
“Yeah, take his line out. I don’t like listening to him.”

Of course, it doesn’t help that my two MC boys in Peril at Stormsurge don’t like each other very much. That makes them fun to write for, but maybe not so much fun to edit. Editing is not that enjoyable. I’d rather be writing, but wouldn’t we all.
I’m currently in the midst of Peril at Stormsurge, and am looking forward to the end result.
Hopefully you are, too.

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