Looking back a year, it seems hard to believe that the idea that became "Mermaid Rising" is now in book form. Much has happened since then - I've become a writer, spending most of my time with a keyboard in lap and my iPad tipped up on a table somewhere.
Putting out a book isn't an easy process, but a worthwhile one. I'm glad to have written it. I still laugh at some of the quirks of the characters. Reading the proof I had from the printer, I was still finding errors - but most importantly finding new things to laugh at. At one point a character "frowns," without giving away more than that - I find it the funniest thing ever. I still think its hilarious and I'd never had considered it before that reading.
That is one of the many reasons I continue to write - I love the quirks. The "story" is important, but for me it is the little things I remember most. I think writing should be fun.
Book two is taking form. It is a more difficult endeavor than its predecessor. For book one, I could invent everything. As seen on the back of the book, Jill jumps into the pool and ends up in the sea - how exactly does that work? As a writer its a process of discovery. I've heard how other authors let the characters talk to them. I've felt the same. With every word I learn about the people in the book. That continues in book two, but on a tighter regimen.
In all my writings, I start with an idea - A knock at the door. And out flows a first chapter. With book two, I began similarly, but soon wrote out a sequence that seems like it will be the end of the book. I've never done that before. It's impossible to say more without revealing what book two will contain, but I can say it is a Mermaid Adventure.
I'm rambling. It's just after midnight, January 1st of 2015. Happy New Year and all the best to everyone.
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