Whew! The last 24 hours have been intense. I finished reviewing the novel for the second time and printed the manuscript to deliver to my First Reader (Shawn) for her comments. She’s been so patient to let me interrupt her days with my ideas. She’s making sure I eat good food, get up to stretch once in a while, and rest. I seem to forget what time it is and if it weren’t for my Pill Minder, I’m not sure I could tell you the day of the week.
The novel is intended for tweens (age 10-14) and is suitable for Dads who want an adventure story to read to the kids at night. My daughters loved when I read chapters to them at bedtime. The most common request from Amanda and Michelle in those days was, “Read another chapter, Dad!” If I can help other fathers make together time happen at home, the effort at my desk was invested correctly.
The hero of this adventure is a Christian teen, Henry J. Wilson, who is tagged with the moniker “Honch” by the end of the book. You’ll have to read to learn why. Henry is a skinny, likeable, highly intelligent Geek, who wears glasses, and suffers from Asthma. Any resemblance to the author is purely coincidental. Henry is respectful to most adults and loyal to a fault. His family lives on a farm somewhere in North Carolina near the fictional cities of Mineville and Centerville. And that’s all I can share at this time!
Next on my schedule:
1. Get a haircut. Or have it trimmed but start growing it long again like my high school days. The mop on top would not please my Pop.
2. Writing work will slow starting Monday morning while I finish the flooring project on the second floor. Shawn and I agreed to leave the hallway alone until after the holidays. And then we extended the wait so I could get the first pass finished on the novel. Back to the sawdust!
3. Play in the snow, if it comes to Raleigh.