Fireworks? Not quite time yet for me to celebrate. However, since I last made a blog entry, there has been lots happening.
My best achievement is having finished working through my editor's suggested changes to Chrisjan's story. Andrew Killick from Castle Publishing has now read the manuscript too, and is excited about being part of the team to make this book a reality. He has made some suggestions for blending Alexis' story into the narrative, so November is my month to focus on making that happen.
I continue to work at honing my writing skills through reading books penned by superb masters of the craft.
To kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper is a timeless treasure of magnificence, told through the eyes of a child. Each character and each scene is revealed in simple yet superlative detail. I finished the story feeling as if I too had lived in Maycomb, and knew each person in the neighbourhood.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee Harper)
How true those words are, and I am looking forward to reading more about Atticus, Jem and Scout in the sequel - Go set a Watchman.
Meanwhile I have been reading
The High Voltage Hedgehog by Rob Harley.
What an amazing collection of inspirational stories from around the world..https://www.manna.co.nz/.../high-voltage-hedgehog-and-other-lessons-in...
Rob is such an experienced journalist who intuitively knows just what questions to ask. He interviews ordinary people who make a difference in the world doing extraordinary things.
It was the same with Chrisjan and Alexis - they too made such an amazing difference for the people in their world. You can read all about it when the book is published. I will keep you updated. Until then, you might like to ponder these words:
"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something I can do."
(Edward Everett Hale)