Blog #8

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

June 20, 2000

DADDY DIED TODAY.

July 10, 2000

Sorted through entire box of Lily—research, files of scenes, suggested rewrites, etc.  Now I have a stack of rewrite suggestions to go through and decide if I want to do them or not.

July 11, 2000

I started with Judy Pella’s critique of 1996.  Page by page making some changes from the beginning of Lily.  I’m feeling good about this new start, again.  Will this be the jump start I need to finish this project?

August 6, 2000

I’m working on minor rewrites.  Today I plan to expand chapter seven. . . . she felt miserable. I’m not a child anymore. The only thing that kept her from exploding was what she held inside: the secret about meeting James at the cabin . . . (Lily pg. 30)

I want to stick with this book until it is completed.

I’m having a hard time grieving Daddy’s death.  I am moody, antsy, and on edge.  It seems like every other day I’m down in the dumps.  I find the days I’m at work at my Children’s Ministry job are better for me.

August 7, 2000

Not sure if chapter seven still needs more work or not.

Ready to start minor rewrites on chapter ten.

Today’s mail consisted of a copy of Sept. issue of the Writer magazine.  My “Three Step Query Letter” piece is published in it, and an assignment from Standard Publishing to write seven devotions.  It’s a good mail day.

August 12, 2000

I shared with Evergreen Writers a rewrite of Lily and James first meeting at the cabin. It needs work, especially if I use Deanna Enos’ suggestions.

September 9, 2000

I read the prologue to Evergreen Writers.  Not too much work needed.  Praise the Lord!

September 12, 2000

This has been somewhat of a difficult summer with Daddy’s death, moving Mother back to Fortuna, and moving my Children’s Ministry office.  I feel stressed.

We spent Labor Day weekend at Melanie and Warren’s in Solvang.  Saw their new home (built in 1958—a very good year, because Ed and I were married June 14, 1958).  We celebrated our grandson Ben’s eighth birthday.

Now it’s back to work. I entered rewrite suggestions from Evergreen Writers.

September 19, 2000

Continued to rewrite and go forward— just completed rewrites on chapters 11 and 12—Lily’s engagement to Harold.

September 30, 2000

I’m trying to consistently rewrite Lily.  I had a good day today with some revision of James and Jo in France.  I’ve really been struggling rewriting this chapter, and it still needs work, but at least I wrote.

October 6, 2000

I’m working on chapter 20, James’ homecoming.  Will he confess his love for Tess or is it more like gratitude for her letters?  A school for the blind in New York?

I’ll set it aside and think while submitting other writing projects. 

October 17, 2000

I read a rewrite of chapter 18, James and Jo in France, to Evergreen Writers.  It is better, but still needs work.  I have Tess confessing her love for James and I don’t know if James loves her or he is just grateful for the letters she sent to him.  Ed had an interesting comment.  He said, “Maybe he doesn’t know he doesn’t love her.”

Should I have James and Tess work together before love blossoms?

November 11, 2000

Today is the Evergreen Writer’s Group and I don’t have a new chapter to read.  Ugh!

After the meeting I will read the manuscript starting with the scene where James receives letters from Tess in France and see if he has strong feelings for her—enough to marry her.  Or will he?

November 14, 2000

A breakthrough!  Praise the Lord!  While getting ready to take my mother to the foot doctor my muse was at work, and I thought James will not go to New York to a blind school.  Tess will go to learn how to operate a blind school and her father will open one in Laurel Springs.  Aha!  I think I’ve got it!

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