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Chapter One Is Redone

I've rewritten the first chapter, which is always the hardest part of the book for me. The first chapter of Hollow Charm is now simple, easy to follow, and only a few pages long. No prologue. No weird jumps in time. Just a day in the life of two weird, foundling twins who learn that their childhoods will end tomorrow. (Or as soon as their adoptive father can feed them enough to physically grow up.)

It's a little Hansel and Gretel, a little Cinderella, a little Fundevogel. A little Bohemian, a little epic, a little primordial. My hope is that all of those things come across in a few eerie, amusing, intriguing pages.

I guess my second-draft readers will let me know if I've succeeded yet!

And now I'm off to enjoy some pure Michigan nature while this beautiful summer lasts. My goal is to complete the rest of my revisions by the end of July and pass the manuscript along to my final group of beta readers for the month of August.

Introducing... HOLLOW CHARM

The manuscript formerly known as Matka Danu Miklagarth is now working-titled Hollow Charm, because that is something people can pronounce and remember. After beta reads, I've determined that the first few chapters need a complete, structural rewrite, and that the rest of the manuscript could use a light revision. I hope to give Hollow Charm to a fresh set of readers by the end of July and, if there are no more big issues to resolve, start querying agents in September.

***Let me know in the comments or on social media if you would like to read the next draft in exchange for your thoughts on it! Byzantine/medieval scholars most welcome. Just throwing that out there, LULZ!***

Summer is the worst season for me to find the time (and sanity) to sit down and write, but I have been finding some opportunities to dive in and find that flow state at least once a week.

Letting my daughter play hours-long blocks of Minecraft helps! (Pro tip.)

This weekend, we're supposed to have some kind …

ReVisions

I had a recurring dream as a teenager, about getting ready for the day. I have worn rigid contact lenses since the age of 13, and when I would sit down in this dream to put them in, I'd open my drawer to find a big, messy collection of contact lens cases. When I'd open the cases, inside I'd find a variety of lenses: different sizes, different colors, and even different numbers of lenses in each matching set. I'd start to panic in my confusion over figuring out which set of lenses was "mine" or "the correct one," and until I figured it out, I'd be effectively blind--and then I'd wake up.


When I was about 16, I created this monster collage, above, with hundreds of magazines and a glue stick. It was one of those artworks I felt compelled to create even though, like my recurring dream about contact lenses, I had no idea what it meant.

In hindsight, it seems pretty obvious. I was trying to figure out my own perspective while growing up in a comm…

Catouflage

I will be hiding in the downstairs playroom for several more days. I will see you next Tuesday. If you need immediate assistance during my two weeks hosting my mother-in-law, please contact my assistant Gretchen the cat at miao miao miao miao. Otherwise I will respond to your emails, texts, calls, and cries for help as soon as possible upon my return to sanity. Thank you for your message.