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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