Today I sprang out of bed with a new energy…shower, coffee, computer. And checking out various sites, including Dropbox, where I store documents and photos. What sparked this energy?
A few days ago, I wrote about organizing my interior world, and that story included the discovery of new storage and an old manuscript.
Years ago, I started writing about a time in my life when I belonged to a very strange book club—we called it a gourmet/book club, because we met for gourmet dinners before discussing the books. What happened afterwards became the main story…and how foolish choices made in the past can change lives forever. But along the way, sometimes one can take the lessons from the past and make changes in the present…for the future.
The manuscript is a fictionalized version of a very real time in my life, and while the core of it is based on true events, I took the usual liberties of an author by embellishing and changing things up.
I tossed it aside back then to start working on Interior Designs, which I recently published, and which I started during NaNoWriMo in 2010. At that time, I wrote the first 52,000+ words.
Defining Moments was another novel I had begun around this same time, and zeroes in on the aftermath of a woman’s failed marriage:
Blurb: What moments in our lives define us? Do our choices determine our future? When unexpected events derail her life, Jillian McAvoy realizes that she now has an opportunity to carve out a whole new beginning. But something happens to her along the way that threatens everything she hoped and dreamed about. How can the obsessions and compulsions that seemingly take over her life lead to her newly redesigned world?
In my excitement over rereading and changing some things as I begin the rewriting process for this resurrected manuscript, which I’m tentatively calling Echoes of the Past.…I am once again excited and reborn. Yes, reborn is how I feel!
The kind of excitement I recognize from the writing of all of my novels: six of them published, and now two manuscripts to play with.
Here’s an excerpt from the Prologue, which may go through some changes:
But at moments throughout the day, her thoughts slid backwards, despite her best efforts, and she could almost see that younger, idealistic version of herself. That girl who had believed in endless possibilities, who had fought the system hell-bent on winning. That young woman who had ignored her ideals in one summer of foolish choices, transforming herself from a fresh young thing with her whole life ahead of her into this woman of today, who often longed for yesterday and a clean slate with fresh options.
Nothing gets my juices flowing more than a new journey, which often is a new manuscript. And blogging is another way to keep the excitement levels high…connecting with other bloggers and finding that immediate satisfaction from comments and conversations.
What’s not to love? What rejuvenates you on a Hump Day…or any day?