I’ve been in the stage of proofreading for the last month. My book is essentially written but now I’m mulling it over before I hand it to others for review. I’m still trying to add a little here and there to give it more depth. I know I’m my own worst critic and eventually I will have to move on from this stage, but this a very scary process. Like every writer I want what I have written to be phenomenal and have everyone like it. This is why it has taken me this long to write anything. I do have a deadline, though. I originally was going to publish in May, but I have moved that out to October. I want to give myself more time to tweak the masterpiece. In the end, it will all be worth it and I’ll look back and wonder why I took so long to publish. Have patience…it is coming.
The day has finally arrived. I have finished the first book, Reconciled in the series that I’m writing. I’m just letting that sink in right now because this has been such a long journey that I’m actually shocked it’s done.
I’m finally happy and confident in my story to where I now want to share it with the world. For a long time I struggled with the content and whether anyone would want to read it. However, I’ve seen what is already out there and thought…why not? And, even if it isn’t widely received, I’ve written a story. That is quite an accomplishment in itself.
My next step is to hand my story to a few people to read over who can give me honest feedback. From there, I will make adjustments before sending it on to an editor. I should probably look for an editor. I’m still in shock.
I’ve written a story.
I would like to introduce the beginning of Reconciled from my rough draft. Please let me know what you think. Here you go…
Her eyes were like sunflowers swimming in a sea of blue; a case of central heterochromia where there are two different colors in the same iris of the eye. She was different, but not because of her eyes. There was a secret inside her that not even she knew. It was a secret that soon would be revealed.
The angel stood across the cemetery watching Marie. He knew that what he had to tell her would drastically change her life, but it was time. It was time for the fallen angels to be reconciled back to God. Therefore, Vincent was sent to Marie.
“We know who she is.”
Vincent turned around to face the fallen angel.
“This plan will not work.”
“It is already working. Lucifer has turned on all of you.”
“He is a traitor, along with the few he got to follow him.”
“The fallen angels have an opportunity for redemption. This is the last chance you will get,” Vincent warned.
“We didn’t ask for a second chance. The war will continue. Xavier has taken over what Lucifer abandoned.”
“This will not end well for you.”
“We shall see,” Marek said and vanished in a plume of black smoke.
“It has begun,” Vincent breathed and went back to watching Marie.
Marie stared at the newly covered graves of her parents. She could hardly believe they were gone. It was two weeks ago that her parents were on their way to meet her for dinner. It’s such a cliché to say that it was a dark and stormy night, but it was. The rain in Washington can be relentless, making it impossible to see through at times. Another car lost control and ran into her parents. The impact left no survivors in either car. After the funeral Marie moved into her parents house and took a leave of absence from her job so she could process the loss. However, it was now time to go back to work. It would be what her parents wanted; for her to go on with her life. She wiped the tears from her eyes and left the cemetery.
It’s a new year and I have new goals for the book I’m writing, Reconciled. I’m very excited to share what I believe are attainable goals. I fervently started writing Reconciled last May and I plan to have this first book in a 3-part series published this May. The goal is to publish it as an eBook through Amazon for $0.99 or $1.99. I’m still toiling over the price, but that should come in time.
Although I’m planning to self-publish, I still plan to get editing and proof-reading help. I firmly believe as a writer to always get another set of eyes to edit your work, no matter how self-proclaiming of a good editor you may be. It’s your work; you’re biased. With that being said, I’m aiming to have my book up for alpha/beta reading in March, available for editing/proof-reading in April, and completely finished in May, making it ready to be published.
Before editing or publishing I will need alpha/beta readers who can offer me honest feedback on my book for readability. These generally should be people who are interested in the genre that I’m writing. If you are interested in being an alpha/beta reader for me, please let me know.
Now…it’s time to wrap this up and finish Reconciled!
My book, Reconciled is set in Seattle, WA and the surrounding area. I have done a lot of research on the places where my scenes play out. Most of them are at Marie’s house, but I have a few scenes that are located in or near Seattle.
One of the first scenes is at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, which is a cemetery located in Seattle. I spent nearly a whole day researching this place and ironically, now have a final resting place in mind. Another scene is at a coffee shop near University of Washington-Seattle that I renamed and gave ownership to Marie’s best friend, Katherine. I also have incorporated Seattle Underground for a few scenes. It consists of old storefronts and sidewalks from the Great Fire of 1889, which resulted in the city building on top of the remnants. Tourists can walk through it on Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. It’s kind of eerie so naturally, I thought it would be an excellent setting for my book. The first fallen angels are reconciled here in an area that is unknown to the tourists and it later becomes their outpost.
The last scene of the book takes place at Emerald City Comic Con, which is held every year at the WA State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. I thought it would be interesting for the characters to be in this setting since it’s an event where strange things can happen and it can be viewed as part of Comic Con. In this particular scene, there is an entertaining skirmish between the angels and fallen angels. I thought it would make a good ending for the first book with a bit of a cliffhanger.
I think I used just enough settings for the beginning of this story and I already can’t wait to get started writing the second book!
Since the story in my book is about reconciling the fallen angels back to God, it should be no surprise that Lucifer is included. It’s hard to believe that not only has God forgiven the Prince of Darkness, but He also chooses him to lead the other reconciled angels. Marie is tasked to work alongside Lucifer and in doing so, she develops an understanding of him. Once she learns of his background and how a role he was given turned terribly wrong, she realizes the world has him misunderstood. As Lucifer and Marie travail in reconciling the fallen angels, they are faced with opposition from the new Satan, Xavier who vehemently clings onto what Lucifer began when they fell from Heaven. And, although some of the angels don’t completely trust Lucifer, he continually shows his allegiance. Has the Dark One truly been reformed? Marie believes so. After all, everyone should be given a second chance…right?
That whole thing about how a writer should write everyday has been put to bed by me, especially since I’ve been on a 3-month blog pause. I write when I feel inspired and I don’t force my creativity. I let it come naturally. And, although I haven’t blogged in three months, I have been writing intermittently on my book, Reconciled. I’m truly amazed at how far I have come in only six months. It’s a lot farther than I have ever been and it’s such a good feeling. I’m not in the final editing phase just yet, but I’m getting pretty close. Right now, I’m transitioning the scenes to one another, which also involves continuing to write dialogue and narration to provide more depth. This is taking longer than I expected, but I’m generally happy with how it’s going. You can’t rush a good thing, right? In the meantime, I will press on and keep blogging about my progress.