This is a concept image that Carolyn pained for the novel.
Deborah Davies is the daughter of Darren and Angela Davies. They own a diner that has been in the family for several generations. After one of their crucial employees moves on after graduating college, she assumes his role. She quickly earns the attention of; her parents, who want her in the family business, instead of the accounting job she works across town; Aaron Stephenson, a food critic who seems to want more than the daily special; and Carter, a local vagabond who seems to have a unique interest in her life. But Deborah has a secret. And once it is revealed, it changes how she reacts to family, love, and coming to grips with her past.
2/21/2020: Spoke to WordCrafts Press briefly today. I had mentioned to Mike that I am looking to do an Author Expo in May. He stated that to have Little Reminders out by then was a possibility.
So, hopefully that is a soft date. Sometime in May. Just a couple of months out.
2/17/2020: Little Reminders is now in the hands of WordCrafts Press. I submitted it this morning and now we wait. This, as many of you already know it the most grueling of times. I already know it is going to be published, it is just a matter of when.
I am really excited about this one. I want to say almost more excited about it than The Five Barred Gate. I guess it is a different type of excitement. The first was the exploration of the unknown. This time is the expectation of what is to come. I know this novel will appeal to a greater crowd than TFBG did. So that is exciting.
Now comes the empty feeling all authors get when they complete a project. I have spent many evenings editing, revising, changing, moving around, and second guessing myself, and now, its complete, done, in the books. Now, what do I do?
Yes, a sequel is in mind, but not now. I need to let my mind settle down from this one. I have another piece that has a plot and introduction written, but I am not sure if I want to write it at this point. It is another change of direction and much darker writing. Not sure if I am up to it. We will see. Where ever God guides me.
Again, thanks for all your support and I will write again once I have an update for Little Reminders release date.
2/3/2020: I am 14 chapters through the second round of editing 20 more to go. Moving along and hope to get this done in the next couple of weeks. It has gone by pretty quickly, but I have not hit the areas where I wanted to make some adjustment. I am happy that I have had to make very few changes. I did find one major error, but it was an easy fix.
Now were into a new week and editing slows down with my writing job. The good news there is that I may pick up another contract. I should find out sometime tomorrow. Keep me in prayer for that. Until then, it is writing away with what I have now and waiting to hear from the four apps I have out there now.
1/25/2020: UPDATE!!! The first round of editing is complete. This stage was the grammatical, spellcheck, and punctuation checking. Now the second stage is the read through. This is where I go through it to see if my thoughts are clear and to find plot holes, inconsistencies, and to find where i need to add or delete things. I have several notes, so there are already plans in store.
I am further behind than I want to be. But I am not going to let it get me down. I knew this was going to take some time and I will not rush it and put out a substandard piece of work. I owe it to myself, my publisher, and you as the reader.
So, keep your eyes on FB for updates as to the progress of this book.
1/2/2020: Now that we are in a new year and that NaNoWriMo is a distant memory, I can now begin editing Little Reminders. If you do not know, or do not remember, once the month of November is complete, the “rules” of NaNoWriMo are that you let your novel sit for the month of December and you go about life to clear your head. Then come January you come back around with fresh eyes and begin your editing process.
I did finish late, 8 days to be exact. But I did complete 50K words in the 30 day allotment. I ended up with 78K words and 36 chapters. I have edited 4 chapters so far and am excited to get back into this. Now to remember where I was two months ago and to recall where the hiccups are. As always, keep me in prayers that I can convey God’s message through this novel.
11/20/2019: Ten days to go and I a little discouraged that I am not as far as I would like to be. But after yesterday I am sitting at 32K words and 16 Chapters complete. Although I guess it would not be a bad thing to have a shorter piece. After all, TFBG had quite a bit of action to it. This one is more laid back and making it too long could hurt the story. We will see in another week as I am on the downhill slide of the game.
I still ask for your prayers to see me through these final days. Thank you for your support.
11/11/2019: Well, just eleven days into November, just shy of halfway through NaNoWriMo, I am sitting at 22K words with 11 Chapters complete. I feel I am about a third of the way through the story. I am feeling this will end up being the length of The Five Barred Gate. (65K words and 30 chapters)
Keep me in your prayers that I can convey the message of God’s love through this book. Thank you for your support.
11/6/2019: Wow. So much to do. Getting ready for my book signing event for JISD Food Locker. This is an amazing cause that I get to be part of. I don’t know what to expect as for turn out. A cold front is supposed to blow through with rain and wind, may keep people away; we will see what happens. LROWIA is coming along. 12K words now. Story is coming together nicely. I still covet your prayers, I don’t want this to be just another love story, or a copy of what others have done. I strive for it to be unique and touch lives.
11/1/2019: I begin with an outline, character dossiers, and a plot. Yes, two or three chapters are written, but am revisiting them as I have changed a few things through the outlining process. I find myself excited to begin this adventure. Just like 2016 and The Five Barred Gate, only this time, I have a better grip on what I am doing. And this time, I know what to expect upon completion. I also have a publisher waiting for this to be complete. Keep me in your prayers that I allow God to flow through each word I write and that He gets all the glory through the storyline.