Blog #13

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

(Blog #1 Starts in January with the Introduction)

November 27-2001

The outline and 1st chapter of Leonardo DiCaprio biography are in the mail to the editor. 

I spent a couple of hours working on Lily and emailed it to members of Evergreen Writers.  We plan to meet for lunch at Curlys (a restaurant in Ferndale, California) on December 8, and discuss it. 

December 12, 2001

There is still no word on the Leonardo DiCaprio project.  AWANA (a non-denominational ministry for children) was tonight and I’m too tired to work on Lily.

December 15, 2001

The last weekend before our family arrives to celebrate Christmas with us.  I want to clean the house and get ready without stress, and I feel really good about that. 

I’m starting to evaluate my writing year to see how much I’ve accomplished on Lily this year.  I read this journal and calculate approximately how many pages I’ve written on Lily.

I wrote about ten chapters on Lily this year, plus some other projects; I wish it had been more.  My goal was to complete the first draft of Lily, but it didn’t happen.  I’m still happy with what I did accomplish.

February 14, 2002

Happy Valentine’s Day.

After putting Lily on the back burner to concentrate on the Leonardo DiCaprio project, I can now return to my most favorite of all writing projects, Lily.  The Leonardo DiCaprio biography I was writing for Lucent Books was rejected after a requested revision of the outline and 1st chapter.  (I never received a contract.)

I was so relieved when my revision was rejected because it would have been a lot of work for the money ($2,500.)  I have a lot of stress with my Children’s Ministry job and organizing the Royal Family Kids’ Camp that I didn’t need a writing deadline hanging over my head.  So I picked Lily back up again today.  Not a lot accomplished on it, but it’s a start. 

Everything is cardboard.  Think, think, think. It’s Lily’s story. She must be in control.  So, how is she going to pull off getting Luke away from Harold?

Will she sneak a secret meeting?

Harold will divorce Lily for the good of the child.  Harold is self-righteous and judgmental and thinks Lily’s lack of morals will harm Luke.

March 4, 2002

February was some month.  I was sick with what I thought was a reoccurring cold most of the month.  I’d start to feel good for a few days and then it would come back.  (It turned out to be a sinus infection which needed antibiotics.) 

I did do some sorting and pitching of some personal papers.

I taught “How to Become an Unforgettable Teacher” twice at the Faith Center Conference (Eureka, California); I spent a lot of hours preparing for it.

Also, Royal Family Kids’ Camp requires a lot of time, so Lily is put on the back burner.

I’m having trouble deciding who will ask for the divorce.  I think it will be Lily.  I did a little revision of scenes with Lily, Harold, Sven, White Dove and Agatha at White Dove’s studio and one of Luke in Judge Moore’s chambers. Lily, your father was my friend even before you were born, and I would do anything in my power for his daughter, except this. I grant custody of Luke Dawson to Harold Dawson. (Lily pg. 148)

March 11, 2002

I received a good critique from Evergreen Writers on Saturday.  Just entered the suggested corrections and printed a copy of the last 25 pages of Lily—some pages only have a paragraph of what will happen in the chapter.  I’m excited about taking it with me on our trip south (Costa Mesa, California) to attend a Royal Family Kids Camp banquet and seminar and then to grandson Brock’s sixth birthday party.

Ed (my husband) drove and I wrote while traveling to southern California, and I’m really happy with what I’ve accomplished. I’ve found that writing long hand in the car while traveling is some of my best writing. I wonder why that is?

March 26, 2002

I spent hours researching divorce in 1928 without any luck.  I’m frustrated.  Later in the afternoon Sharon Brown came by with pages of research for me.  It is just what I needed to write the divorce chapter (32).

March 29, 2002

Writing and rewriting divorce, custody, and shooting scenes.  I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to do.  If only I could stick with it, and it would flow onto the page, but that isn’t how it happens for me. 

Still have to do my Children’s Ministry job and Royal Family Kids Camp.

Tomorrow is Easter, a day to celebrate.

April 15, 2002

I’m pleased with what I read to the Evergreen Writers, on divorce and custody chapters, at our April 7th meeting.  Now I’m at work on lion or lamb chapter when Sven is sweet when he’s sober and mean when he’s drunk. 

I still need a few happy scenes and a couple of scenes showing Sven drunk before I can write the shooting scene.

Other things like CM (Children’s Ministry) and RFKC (Royal Family Kids Camp) are taking up my time.  I spent a lovely weekend with my daughters, Dawn and Kathy, and our friend Tina, at the Women of Faith Conference in Sacramento.  I’m so disappointed Melanie (daughter) didn’t make it.

May 27, 2002 — Memorial Day Weekend

I’m disappointed that I have had to leave Lily while working on Royal Family Kids Camp and my Children’s Ministry job.  I long to concentrate on Lily, but no.  I’m also suffering with sciatica, so I’m in pain, yet it’s better than it was for a while. 

Rain today, breakfast at Denny’s with Ed, and I made a potato salad for dinner.


June 12, 2002

            I’m on a high today. Sharon Brown called and said her students took Amigos home over the weekend. It was a first for some of her students to take a book home. They liked the book; one girl cried at the end of it. Wow! That’s what it’s all about—to make the reader feel.

June 13, 2002

I spoke to Sharon Brown’s classand answered their questions about the writing of Amigos—a great ego booster. I loved it!

June 17, 2002

Royal Family Kids Camp has taken all of my time.  I am looking forward to having my life back when camp is over. 

Treatments with Dr. Asti (chiropractor) on my back.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Dad.  It’s been two years since his death.

July 14, 2002 (Sunday)

Read chapter 34 (the chapter before Lily accidently shoots Sven).  It still needs work.  I need to see if I have enough sober/happy scenes and enough drunken scenes for the reader to see how Sven is a lamb when sober and a lion when drunk.  And I don’t know if I have that yet.

I’m looking forward to a vacation to Oregon and Reno with Ed.  A time away from responsibilities, work, demands, and stress.  We leave this Thursday.  Lily will travel with us, of course, and I hope I can accomplish a lot.  I so want to finish the book this year.

July 28, 2002

We just returned from a nine day vacation to Oregon and Lake Tahoe.  It was wonderful!  The first four or five days I did not write a word; then I wrote some every day after that. I was able to write about 28 pages on Lily (that’s a lot for me). 

We went up the Oregon coast and stayed the first night in Florence after having lunch at Gold Beach.  The following day traveled on Hwy 126 and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  We had a lovely lunch outdoors at The Log Cabin Inn, on the McKensie River.  We explored the grounds and checked out the cabins.  We want to go back someday.  It’s a heavenly place for a writer to work.  Next, we’re on to Dick and Leoma’s (brother-in-law and sister-in-law) in Redmond. 

After a couple of days in Reno with Dawn (daughter) we drove to Lake Tahoe.  I had always wanted to stay at a casino hotel, and we did.  I found a nickel machine that kept me entertained for hours, swam, read, and relaxed for two days at the Lakeside Inn.

Today, Sunday, I played hooky from church, not really—it was the last day of my vacation.  I’ll start to enter what I wrote on vacation into the computer.  Then tomorrow it’s back to work.  I’m not sure I want to go back to the stress of my job, but I must.

It’s beautiful today.  I’ll probably do some work in the yard too.

Thank you notes to write to Dick and Leoma and to Dawn.  They really showed us a nice time—yummy food, lots of cards (Hearts, Black Jack, and Poker for pennies).  While we were in Reno Dawn spoiled us as usual with a pedicure, dining out (Mexican and Italian), swimming at her friend Tim’s place, reading, shopping, and relaxing.

Before I begin to enter what I wrote on vacation into the computer, Lily is 215 pages.  It was always my plan that the completed novel would be about 300 pages. 


I invited Mother over for a visit.  She sat on the deck while I worked in the yard all afternoon.  Now it’s back to entering more of Lily into the computer.

August 10, 2002

It took longer than I thought it would to put all of my handwritten scenes I wrote on vacation into the computer.  After it was all done, with some changes, I ended up with a total of 230 pages, so I really only did 15 type written pages on vacation.  Well, that’s better than nothing. 

I read the revised murder chapter and the preceding chapter to the Evergreen Writers.  The officer held Luke gently yet firmly as Lily was taken away. Nell yelled, “Murderer!”(Lily pg. 156)

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