Beautiful, shirtless guy; quiet morning on the island ….

shirtless #15Hi, friends and readers:

Have a look at the photos I’ve posted here this morning. They are part of a series, I guess, because I’ve seen several in various places. I don’t know who this young man is, but he certainly is beautiful, isn’t he? He’s the type of guy who should never wear a shirt.

I rose about seven this morning, to take my three-mile morning walk on the beach. Few people were down there, and things felt so peaceful. The Gulf was calm as a mirror, and a light breeze blew. I think our winter visitors have final all left.

shirtless #12I’ve spent the better part of this morning doing edits on my new novel. Someone asked me, earlier this week, “Why do edits take you so long? It seems like you’ve been working on this book forever?”

That’s a good question, and it deserves a good answer. Let me see if I can explain how writing a book works, without boring you to tears. Bear with me readers ….

shirtless #11I started writing the first draft of this novel back in July 2012, after my novel, Loving Samuel, was published. Loving Samuel was about 25,000 words in length, but this new novel is about 70,000 words; it’s a whopper. The first draft took me seven months to complete, and that’s with writing excerpts almost  every day.

Once the first draft was completed, I let it sit for a month. Then I came back to the manuscript to begin the editing process. Editing involves adding or deleting scenes, lengthening or shortening scenes, replacing words, deleting dialogue, adding description, and so forth. It’s a time-consuming and absolutely necessary process, in order to produce a quality story people will enjoy reading. I’ve been working on edits for about two weeks now, and I am far from finished, but the book’s coming along nicely. When I’m done with edits, I’ll submit the book to a publishing house I think will find it appealing, which I haven’t yet decided.

See how hard I work t produce quality fiction for my readers?

Okay, my boyfriend has the day off. We’ll have a nice lunch together, in just a little while, and then we have a golf lesson, late this afternoon. It’ll be fun, and then I’ll barbeque pork chops on the charcoal grille. Yumm …..

Have a nice Thursday, everyone.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *