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Holy Crap! Or, when life imitates art.
As mentioned in my last post from ancient times (about a year ago), I'd been working on the final book in the Chupacabra Trilogy, "Ye Goddess! The Tail's End." I'll admit, I was struggling. I've had 6 aborted attempts at completing the story, and despite having it well-mapped out in my extensive outlining, graphing, and time-lining process, the story on paper wasn't capturing what I envision. I wasn't satisfied with just getting to the end to wrap things up, so I scrapped it. Time, and time again. I'd made it a little more than half-way through when I scrapped version 5, and about 2/3 rds of the way through on version 6. Then I walked away, still dissatisfied, and hoping to recharge find the story's heart.
How I wish I'd powered through in the early days of writing, with my first outline, as I'd have been able to claim prescience. Carmen del Toro, in her current carnation as Mother Nature, leaves a trail of destruction that includes powerful hurricanes devastating Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas, earthquakes in Caribbean and Mexico, wildfires, floods, tornadoes and assorted other natural disasters. Although she tries to protect them. Bee populations decline, despite Carmen's efforts to save them (although not because of 'murder hornets'), and a long forgotten pathogen emerges. In "Ye Goddess!" version 2, that pathogen was a bacteria, but stormed the population similarly to what we're experiencing now with SARS-CoV-2.
I suspect that many authors are currently scrambling to rewrite and revise manuscripts with a contemporary or near-future setting to incorporate the reality of 2020. I won't be alone. I wish I could say I'm scrambling to incorporate the bizarre times into my story to give it some grounding in reality. Alas, I'm having to tone down my realism. I won't and can't claim any prescience. What we're experiencing now is the inevitable outcome of our own actions over the past century. The events playing out in the world are predictable--have been predicted by science. A scientific theory is a predictive model based on the best available information, obtained through experimentation and hypothesis testing to gather evidence. Roll up all the related, tested hypotheses, all of the evidence, all of the knowns, and build a model to determine what will happen in the 'real world.' The test of a theory's validity is seeing it play out around us. Like we're seeing now.
I wasn't prescient in my storytelling. I only incorporated the inevitable. One of the things I've struggled with in "Ye Goddess!" is how it needs to end. I've had both a 'happy ending' where the day is saved, and a horrific ending where humankind, in our hubris, succeeds in wresting power from the gods and pursuing our folly to our ultimate demise. In one, it's up to humans to change our ways for our own survival and in the other, the gods get a do-over.
I don't know yet how the story will play out as I begin version 7. I do hope I can finish it before we find out.
Writing, rewriting, and re-re- writing.
"A Rattling of Bones" is on the back burner until the Chupacabra Trilogy is complete! I've returned to the final book in the trilogy, with a modified working title: "Ye Goddess: The Tail's End." So where am I with that? Honestly, procrastination was winning the day over writing...but, I'd made it through the first 25 chapters (about 50,000 words)...then had an epiphany of sorts and threw is all out. I've got a plan in my head for the new outline. Next step: back to the drawing board--literally--to get that outline out of my head and out into the world. Then back to writing. Oh, and in the midst of all this, moved from an adjunct (part-time) to full-time teaching position at the community college. 'Cause who doesn't need one more distraction from their writing time?
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Writing, writing, writing.
Busy working on something new! "A Rattling of Bones." This novel will be based on my short story "Golf Goes On." You can find a link to that and a few of my other short stories HERE.
Book readings, signings, and conferences!
ON THE AIR! Listen to Lynne LIVE on Speak Up Talk Radio with Pat Rullo, talking about books, writing, and animal rescue.
Friday-Sunday, 11/4-6 North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference, Raleigh, NC. At the Underground Book Reviews' exhibitor table. We'll have giveaways of many great titles featured at UBR, including The Un-Familiar. Stop by and see me and register for raffles and giveaways!
Friday 8/19 Reading and Book Signing. Richland, Washington. Send me a message on the Contact page for more info.
Wednesday 8/24 Reading and Book Signing. A Book for All Seasons, Leavenworth, Washington. 1-3 p.m.
July 1, 2016
The Un-Familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods
The chupacabra is back in this stormy sequel to Ye Gods!--and this time, he's brought friends (and maybe an enemy or two.)
Natural disasters are occurring in a most unnatural manner, and Carmen del Toro--the next familiar to the dog-god of Mercy (sometimes known as the chupacabra) is missing. Are the two related?
Coming July 1 from Casperian Books.