The best thing about writing fiction is having your characters come alive in your dreams. There’s nothing else like it, except maybe seeing them walking around on a stage or screen. Perhaps some day, I’ll be able to blog about how that feels.
The theme for Secret Visions, my first novel in the Annie McDoogan series, was inspired by the ISIS beheadings. Since then, I’ve been struggling to find a unifying thread for my second book, Mystic Healing. Well, all that changed with the presidential election. After writing and rewriting for more than a year and trashing one version after another, the book is now darker and more political than I had planned, but the words are flowing, and I should have this self-published in the summer. Hooray! I’m so happy. 🙂
I recently came across some advice to novelists suggesting that writing when you’re angry produces the best results. So, thank you Donald Trump. I’m angry and inspired.
I wrote my first novel, Secret Visions, in response to the ISIS beheadings. The theme of that story is peace through telepathy. The second book in the series centers on energy healing, but I’ve been struggling to define the conflict. Enter Donald Trump.
One of the main series characters is an heroic 16-year-old boy named Emir, an American Muslim with a family lineage of Sufism, the mystical side of Islam. Unfortunately, he experiences a dreadful incident while practicing energy healing. Thanks to Trump stirring up hate and paranoia, a Muslim backlash threatens him, his family and everyone he loves.
I think my struggle is over, but all my future novels are going to have a political spin until this country regains it’s sanity, and I find another cause to light my fires.
Watch for upcoming novels in the Annie McDoogan series. It’s categorized as a Young Adult series because the main characters are teens, but these are stories that are suitable for everyone from 13 – 130.
I saw La La Land last week and almost cried during Emma Stone’s last solo, Audition (Fools Who Dream). Great inspirational anthem for anyone in the arts who sometimes feels uninspired and unappreciated.
The election is over. My girl didn’t win, but the awful tension I’ve felt for the past few months is gone (at least until January.) I’m willing to give him a chance. The one thing he dreads more than anything else is being seen as a loser, so that may help him take a moderate approach to governing. If not, I’ll deal with it when the time comes. I’m already considering becoming an expat where cost of living is lower than South Florida, so I can write without worrying too much about money. We’ll see. Maybe my books will be turned into blockbuster movies, and I can be financially secure and free of that worry.
But first, I have to write the rest of the Annie McDoogan series. The second book has my kids learning energy healing and running into opposition as they spread the word. The first 25% is solid, but I haven’t yet settled on a complete story arc. But, at least now, I should be able to focus, sit on the beach, and let the inspiration flow.
This is Lady, who is introduced in the first chapter of the second novel in the Annie McDoogan series. She’ll be Ming’s pet and they’ll wear color coordinated outfits. Working hard to finish my second novel.
Having a new puppy is great but full of distractions that keep me from writing. It turns out that‘s a good thing. It gives my characters time to let me know what they want. In particular, my primary antagonist from book 1, Secret Visions, is demanding the right to return. I thought I was done with Father Sullivan, but it looks like he’ll be back causing trouble in book 2. Stay tuned.
I have tweeted a couple of times about KOBO, an international eBook self-publishing platform. I finally decided to try it and just submitted my novel, Secret Visions, for review. It should be live tomorrow. I will let my readers know if it generates any sales. My characters are Catholic, Buddhist and Muslim teens who come together to try and bring peace through telepathy, and I hope I can reach a global community of readers with the message. Stay tuned for updates.
If you read this blog, then you know I have a new puppy. We’ve been together for 6 weeks and I decided to make her a companion for one of my characters who is in mourning at the beginning of the second book in the Annie McDoogan series of novels. As soon as I can, I will have my author photograph taken with her and include it in future book covers. She’s 95 percent house broken, so I should be able to get back to work soon. Look for a puppy named Lady in the next book!
My writing stopped on April 2 when I acquired a three month old American Eskimo female puppy. She is shaping up nicely, and I’m hoping she will like participating in agility competitions. My now-deceased shiba wanted no part of it, but she may be a different story. I’m teaching her obedience now and formal agility training can start at 9 months.
House training is on target and I think we’re almost there. Her bladder is getting bigger and pee breaks are further apart. We are spending a lot of time on the porch. It’s shady and temp is moderate.
I hope to bring my laptop out on the porch and start writing again this week. I have already written and discarded two partial versions of the second novel, and I’m 1/4 of the way through version three, which I think is a keeper. Meanwhile, I’m reading Secret Visions once again to help me maintain the series flow in this second novel.
Stay tuned. I think I’m working on a good one.