What I have right now is that this will take place 20 years after the events of The Five Barred Gate.
SYNOPSIS: Michael, Jacob’s son, will be the main character. His wife is arrested for talking to someone in a store about God. Now he must find a way to fight for her release and raise their fraternal twin five-year-olds. He has the help of Rachel’s grandfather Frank Dunham, his parents, and a supportive attorney that will do their best to protect Rachel. But they must fight local and federal laws that are even more strict system than when Jacob had to deal with them. They must also fight a corrupt accuser and an old family adversary to ensure justice is served and Rachel is able to come home to her family.
1/22/2023: Just a note about where The Five Barred Gate II sits. While complete, the novel will most likely sit for a bit. I’m working on editing Little Reminders of Who I’m Gong to Be, currently set for an October 2023 release. I learned my lesson last year releasing two books in one year, and I will NOT make that mistake again. I lost sales for The Transference because I lost focus and momentum. I most likely will not do NaNoWriMo this year, instead I will use it to edit this book and release it mid 2024.
It makes me anxious not to be actively writing something new, but I think editing will take up enough of my time and polishing Reminders, then diving back into Gate II will be enough to keep me busy. That will get me ready to write something new for NaNo 2024 and release new content for 2025. Not sure what that will look like with Reminders done, and not sure if there will be a Gate III. But for now, Gate II will sit quietly until later this year wile I focus on Reminders III. Thank you for your support and following this thread.
10/22/22: The finish line has been crossed and novel number five is in the books. Well written at least. this one will probably sit on the shelf for a bit. I think I am getting way ahead of myself writing. That or I just need to find a way to market better because no sooner than The Transference was released than I found myself neck deep in getting ready for Little Reminders. Although we did have a bigger than expected delay with Transference. Regardless, my writing aspirations and energy just needs to cool down. I don’t like to say it, but I may need to sit out a NaNoWriMo maybe a year. Just not this year. I am writing the third installment of Little Reminders this go around.
All in all, I am happy to have this book complete. Yet, as I always say when I hit the end of a book, I’m not as sure it is as good as I would like for it to be. But then I go back through it and I find it better than expected. There is that and the whole editing thing. I can change it. That is what editing is for, right? Well, I will keep you posted on how this goes. Not sure when I will get back to this. NaNo starts in two weeks, then I will be neck deep with Carter and his new adventure.
10/11/2022: Here I go again, forgetting to update everyone. I have given an update on this in other threads, guess that is where my confusion is. Well, I am almost done. The book is nearly at 60K words and 27 chapters. I am near the climax. I am hoping to get it completed between now and November 1 because I need to start Little Reminders of Who I Am Going to Be for NaNoWriMo.
All in all I am iffy about this one. I know I say that all the time, then I go back and read it and it turns out pretty good. But I am feeling it being dry and disconnected. But we shall see. I get that feeling because it is not all written at once. Every time I step away from it, my mind gets separated from the book and stepping back into it there is some level of disconnection from the characters. So we shall see when I go back and edit it and stay involved without interruptions.
I do know that I would like to add to it, I don’t feel my villain is as developed as I would like to make him. Or his cronies. We shall see.
7.30/2022: Wrapping up the month of July, I did hit my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 30K for The Five Barred Gate II. I did not complete the novel as I had wanted to. But I did cross the 40K mark. And I am heading downhill now. And it is getting exciting. I am more of a Panster right now because I have no clue where this book is going or of how I intend to end it. But ideas come, and I write them. It’s probably why I have not completed it yet. But I do have a couple of months to relax before I have to gear up for NaNoWriMo22 and Little Reminders of Who XX XXXXX XX XX. I know what I want to write about I just need to develop an outline, characters, and how Carter is going to play into it. As for this one? I will most likely just get it written, and it will sit on the shelf for a while. Not sure how long, though. With LIttler Reminders 2 coming out in November. Then I want to take some time off to refocus on The Transference, which is not doing as well as I anticipated. We shall see how it plays out.
7/13/2022: Here we are about half way into Camp NaNoWriMo and I am getting deep into this book but I and feeling lost. I don’t really have an ending for this book and so I am stalled. And when I am stalled my writing feels like I am rambling. I have felt this way before, but when I go back to edit, it is really good writing. But I don’t want to force this. Yet at the same time, I need an ending. I know who my antagonist is, and he is somewhat revealed to one of the characters, but not to the MC yet. I need to bring that revelation soon, but I don’t know how to bring a resolution to the matter. It has been a while since I have been lost with an ending. But it is okay. I’ve been a Panster before. I just don’t want to ramble.
I am at a signing for The Transference right now. And sales are not what I expected them to be for this signing. A little discouraging. Maybe that is what this stall out for writing is from. But I was excited for those that did come out. I love meeting fans and that made it all worth it.
6/16/2022: Okay. I have officially entered Camp NaNoWriMo 2022 so I can get some sort of spark lit under me to get this project written. Camp NaNoWriMo is a smaller version of the official NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which is held each November. In case you don’t remember, this is the time period that I normally write my novels. The normal NaNo sets the goal of 50K in 30 days. Camp NaNo allows you to set your own goal and will take place during the month of July. I went ahead and set a lower goal of 30K so I can still work my daily job of writing if I suddenly get busy. But the good thing is that nowhere is it written that I can not surpass that 30K goal. To date, I have written 20K in nine chapters. But, obviously, I won’t count that toward that 30K. My goal is to finish out the novel during this stint. That will have me completed by August 1. Take a break until September, then edit September and October. By then I will have it ready for publication. But not sure when that will be because Little Reminders comes out in November.
5/27/2022: I’ve been busy editing The Transference lately, but finished that today. I glanced over here and realized I hadn’t updated you on the progress with this novel in a while. Well, I am about eight chapters into it and making progress. Well, until I received the final edit on The Transference from Mike, my publisher. So I dove into that and went over it to approve and go over what changes I wanted to see. But you can read all about that here. The Five Barred Gate II is making progress. It is almost June, and I am still deliberating on how I want to progress with this. I can slow and steady it and just write it over time because I definitely want to write Little Reminders III during NaNoWriMo in November, or I can quickly write it to finish it before then. I am still not in a writing mood to get neck-deep into this story. I have it in my head, it just isn’t flowing yet. So prayer is one thing I covet from you. It may seem like a small thing, but writing is basically my job now, so I need to be focused on this to get it completed. Thank you, my friends. God Bless.
5/1/2020: Wrote into a new chapter since I last posted. Got over a dry spell. Work has kept me busy and with no energy to write in the evening. That and I have been busy building my social accounts. I think I may be spreading myself a bit thin. I am on many platforms now. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, I am now building on Medium. Juggling them all is exhausting. I try to work with Hootsuite to balance the noise. It helps with posting. but following up is crazy. I just need to get beyond the need to respond to every post. Especially on Twitter. If I would get beyond spending time there I could write more. Write this book more.
4/16/2022: Okay, the gap I realized I goofed up and created is now fixed. I am seven chapters in and feeling good about things. I am getting ideas left and right and throwing them into my journal. If these are truly for this book, I am getting intrigued about its direction. And nervous for my characters. Writing is hit and miss, I have been restructuring my website and seeing where I am going personally. After our revival services, I have been challenged to get deeper into speaking His name through what He has given me. And to stop hiding in the shadows of Jeff S. Bray Author. I think this may be something Michael may have to face as well, or even Jacob as well. I can use my journey to help write this book. I just hope I won’t have to experience what I plan to take my characters through.
3/14/2022: Well another month has gone by. If this had been NaNoWriMo, this book would have been written by now. Interesting, right? But I am oddly four chapters into it. It is going by a bit strange. I started a chapter only to realize my dates were off. I had mentioned a court date that was set only to realize that it was set for the next Monday and I had a weekend to write about. Heh. Go figure. Well, that helps because I can do some character building during those few days. And set up how Michael behaves and connects with his children. It also gives the opportunity to introduce Jacob and Ranae back into the mix. So I am excited.
2/14/2022 – I will give you a little bit of an update. I have found my nemesis. I am excited about that. He will be hidden for about half of the novel and pulling strings to make Michael’s life miserable.
The novel will open up with Rachel, Micheal’s wife being arrested. For, of course, breaking a Federal Speech Law.
I am still disputing with them having twins or just a single child. I am currently writing twins, but don’t want to clutter the novel with characters. Just at the time I began writing it, twins felt right. Even the names roll off the tongue. So for now, I will write it that way.
The main character will be Michael Andrews. He is now 24, the son of Jacob and Renae. He was two years old at the time of the first novel. Michael is married with two kids, a boy, and a girl. His wife, Rachel is the granddaughter of Frank Dunham. He is the owner of the restaurant in the first novel and part of the original group that met.
The laws will have gotten stricter. Many amendments have been added to The Federal Speech Act. People are now quicker to turn someone in when they are offended. This has especially affected the religious community. Churches are sparse, even Our Saviour’s Cross, the church that was in existence at the end of TFBG has disbanded and gone into hiding again.
That’s a quick bit from what I have so far without going into spoilers. Just to say that I will be diving into the action quick.