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 rise of the female hero has moved rampantly in our culture. Wonder Woman is a prime example. Growing up she was one of my role models and it was creator William Moulton Marston (Charles Marston) who gave us Wonder Woman over 75 years ago. She was created to stand for equality; feminist ideals based off of Margaret Sanger who was a notable feminist of the time. The unconventional liberated woman is what Marston was aiming to portray. She never was meant to be a sex symbol, but somehow she has been morphed into that. However, Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot who have played Wonder Woman in television and film have done an outstanding job in keeping her close to what Marston envisioned. Wonder Woman gives strength to women everywhere and she continues to be my role model.
Being a woman, it has been incredibly hard to prove myself in this man-driven world or to be taken seriously. I’m still seeking this, even after everything I have accomplished. It’s a continuous battle. I spent nearly thirteen years in the Army and personally felt the inequality next to my male counterparts. I feel this way in the workplace, too. Inequality still exists today whether or not people want to believe it. Wonder Woman tackled inequality, giving women like me hope and inspiration. Therefore, I do know my worth no matter if others acknowledge it.
Like many, I’m writing about a woman who is a hero. In Reconciled, Marie is not charged with saving the world or even humans. She is saving fallen angels. In God’s eyes they have value, even though they sinned against Him. She is a hero because she is doing something that not just anyone can do. God chose Marie to be the advocate for the fallen angels, just like He chose Jesus to be the advocate for humankind. However, Marie’s mission to accomplish what God charged her to do is a lot different than what Jesus did on the cross. No one is crucifying Marie, but there are those who are trying to stop her. Reconciling fallen angels takes time and Marie has found that not all of them want to be back with God. She is faced with all kinds of challenges, both physically and spiritually. Also, some of the angels who are helping here don’t have confidence in her abilities. She has to continuously prove herself as the hero she was meant to be.
Because I enjoy many geeky and nerdy things, they have found their way into my book. I think it works well, considering the content. It just makes sense to reference Dungeons & Dragons, Supernatural, The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Legend of Zelda, and even Star Wars since my story has elements from these fandoms. It adds comic relief and many readers can identify with most of the references I use. I know when I’m reading a book and my favorite fandoms are identified, the story becomes more interesting and it brings me closer to the characters. Isn’t that the goal? You want readers to engage and be able to relate to the characters. I believe this is a fun way to do that.
Dungeons & Dragons
Alexander picked up a book off Marie’s bookshelf. It was the D&D Monster Manual.
“You might want to acquaint yourself with this book.”
“D&D monsters are real?”
“Where do you think these ideas came from?”
“Great. It’s bad enough these monsters get me in the game. Now, I may be dealing with them for real.”
Marie grabbed some salt and threw it at the creature, which appeared to anger it more. Vincent gave her a strange look.
“What? It works on Supernatural!”
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings
“You know, he can easily pass as Stryder from Lord of the Rings,” Katherine remarked.
“Just tell everyone you are hunting orcs and you should fit in.”
Nathaniel grumbled, “Let’s keep moving.”
“See…he is already in character.”
I even make references to fun scientific facts that people don’t generally know, but I don’t pull a Jules Verne on the reader. For anyone who doesn’t know what I’m referring to, read Mysterious Island or Journey to the Center of the Earth. Really, any Jules Verne book. Am I right? I understand back in the day this was how people learned about things, but we now live in the land of Google. I’m not an encyclopedia, but I do know a lot of information that probably earns me the title, Encyclopedia BriTanyaca. After all, I do have five degrees. More than anything, I want to put things in my story that are fun, entertaining, and relatable to readers. The geeky and nerdy stuff works, but if it doesn’t…then, I edit.