Blog #16The Writing of LilyAn Unedited Journal(Blog #1

Blog #16

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

(Blog #1 Starts in January with the Introduction)

Published in: on May 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

September 8, 2003Absolutely nothing written on Lily. Vacationed

September 8, 2003

Absolutely nothing written on Lily.  Vacationed in August.  Mother was in the hospital in September.  I’m trying to see if she is well enough to travel to Tahoe for Danny (son) and Ana’s wedding.  I hosted Evergreen Writers last Saturday, and wrote a fun piece on dollhouses and miniaturists for the newspaper.  I sure would like to take it up as a hobby, but when would I ever have time to do it? 

My Children’s Ministry job is under consideration of someone else to take it over.  Not sure what I’ll do for income. Too bad I don’t have more of a writing income.  Whoa, such is me.

On September 13th  Danny and Ana were married.  What a lovely celebration with all of our children celebrating together.  I was on a high for a long time.

September 23, 2003

I finally did it.  Last Saturday I went to the Benbow Inn and revised chapter 22 of Lily.  It was wonderful, of course it always is.  I still needed to do even more revision on the same chapter today.  It’s the chapter where White Dove opens an art studio and James has his carvings available for sale in the shop. Lily comes face to face with James and Tess.  Tess is expecting her first child, Laura, and James’ eyesight returns.

Penny called and asked me to come in and work.  I had an interview scheduled with the Shining Light Book Store owner for a newspaper article. I told Penny I couldn’t come in to work, later the interview was canceled.  I stayed home and worked on Lily and it was great.  That’s the only way this book will ever be completed, is to have time to work on it.

I still have some mixed emotions about no longer being the Children’s Ministry Director.  At first I wasn’t ready to leave the position.  The more I thought about it the more it appeals to me. After returning home from the wedding, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.  I’d hoped to work at my new position as receptionist/secretary at church on Monday and Friday, leaving me three days in a row (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) to work on my writing.  Now I have a four day schedule presented to me, and I don’t like it.  It gives me Thursday off which I spend with my mother, and Saturday and Sunday.  I’ll be going to church on Sunday.  I guess I shouldn’t complain, but it is a part-time job, and I don’t want to go there four days a week. 

Later that same day:

Wow!  I was able to revise chapters 23 – 26 of Lily revise.  I will start to revise part three of the book soon, I hope.  Oh if I could only get this much accomplished more often.

October 4, 2003

Evergreen Writers critiqued chapter 22 after a revision.

October 5, 2003

I revised and entered chapters 22 (again) and chapters 27 – 32 into the computer.  Wow!  Another good writing day.

December 17, 2003

A long dry spell—instead of working on Lily I concentrated on writing four features a month for the Times-Standard newspaper.

We’re on our way to Solvang to celebrate an early Christmas with Melanie, Warren and the boys.

Before I began this rewrite I had 52,471 words and 230 pages.  I’d like the book to be at least 55,000 to 60,000 words.  I managed to tackle oodles of revision on Part III of Lily.

December 18, 2003

While in a motel in King City, California last night I rethought a lot about Lily’s first trial.  Would James want to be there?  Would he tell Tess he doesn’t know why, but he needs to be there?  Would he tell her about him and Lily being close once? 

Reread Evergreen Writer’s critiques, added scenes with James and White Dove and James and Tess before Lily’s first trial. James read the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle—“Preacher’s Daughter to Stand Trial for Murdering Lover.” (Lily pg. 157)


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Blog #15The Writing of LilyAn Unedited Journal(Blog #1

Blog #15

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

(Blog #1 Starts in January with the Introduction)  

June 17, 2003

Lily is on hold again this year while working on Royal Family Kids Camp.  I’m eager for camp to be over and get back to Lily once again.

July 4, 2003

Wow!  Royal Family Kids Camp is over.  Hurrah!  I wrote the last thank you note on Wednesday.  There was a staff of 46.  I still have to organize all the paperwork for whoever takes on the directorship next year.

Today Ed and I went to Crescent City to see the progress on our son Danny’s house.  It was great to get away from the routine, and I took Lily with me.  Of course I had to start rewriting at the beginning—AGAIN—since it had been on hold for so long.  I’ll input the changes into the computer tomorrow.  If I could only stick with it, and let other things go by the wayside it would be so wonderful.  At least I think it would anyway.

I was able to keep up with writing two features a month for the Times-Standard newspaper.  So my writing credits and income are better than they’ve been in a few years.

July 12, 2003

I attended the Evergreen Writers meeting today.  I didn’t read any of Lily only some of my journal entries.

I still haven’t put the most recent rewrites into the computer.

It’s been suggested by several and I’ve also read the same thing in writing books about starting my novel with the main character in the beginning. I’m mulling this over thinking that I need to get rid of the birth of Lily and her childhood. That would mean getting rid of the prologue and first few chapters which I still hate to do although I know it is probably best.

I’ll keep the manuscript as is for a little longer, at least through this rewrite process—then I’ll see if I want to cut it later. I’m still so attached to my prologue of William and Rebecca meeting.


What a fantastic day, the best.  Tonight I rewrote and put into the computer the first five chapters of Lily.  I feel so good about it.  I didn’t spend a lot of time in case I decide later to delete these first few chapters. 

Also today, it was sunny and I was able to spend some time in the hammock on the deck reading.  It is my favorite thing to do on warm afternoons.  It’s so relaxing. I think I need it.

July 13, 2003

I can’t believe it.  Yesterday was so wonderful.  I felt such accomplishment being able to put several rewrite chapters of Lily into the computer.  Today I did two more chapters for a total of seven chapters.  Wow!  It’s exciting.

I look forward to tomorrow and a day at Benbow working on chapter eight.  This rewrite will probably be more difficult with suggestions from Deanna Enos and others.  Hopefully, I’m ready for the challenge.

July 20, 2003

Just put chapter 16 rewrite into the computer.  I hope I’m doing as much revision as necessary.  I don’t seem to be doing as much rewriting as I thought I’d need to do on some chapters.  I sure hope I’m doing what needs to be done for publication.  It is wonderful to keep at it.

July 22, 2003

Tuesday is my day off from my Children’s Ministry job.

I entered revised chapters 17 – 22 into the computer.  I set a goal of the first ten chapters this month, so I am pleased with myself.  If only—if only it is good enough for publication.  That is my question and concern.  This has been such a long project—a passion, a love—my most important work.

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