Well, here’s a quickie update on my alter-ego the writer, such as she is:
I got a novella accepted! Lilley Press has accepted my Christmas novella “The Boys Upstairs” for release this November. I nearly didn’t even submit it to them because I figured it didn’t have a chance, but then before the deadline came I figured I’d let them reject it rather than rejecting it myself.
Jay Farrell, a crippled priest in an impoverished church, houses homeless children in the unused rectory. As the children take their place at the church community’s heart, a struggling waitress and Jay’s estranged brother begin to come to terms with the innocent suffering they see in the world around them, learning how hope can transform the heart when a person is able to see the potential inside those deemed beyond saving.
It will be released as an ebook. I have no other details at the moment, but you can be sure I’ll update later.
Second update: I’m slowing down on the writing of ♥My Book♥ due to lack of time. The enthusiasm is there, but I’m coping with family commitments right now that are eating the time I’d spend writing. That and lack of sleep due to a teething baby. It stinks, but I knew this would happen. If I can keep doing 1,000 words a day, I’ll be thrilled; over the last weekend, I think I did 500 words a day. Very sad. Even now, I’m in the middle of a scene I was dying to write Saturday morning, but I just don’t have the oomph to keep going right now.
Thirdly: I mentioned last week how Josh, my sweet-hearted mischievous-eyed cellist also stutters. Two things happened as a result of that. First, someone told me it would be hard to read the book because she’d feel sorry for Josh.
Well, I don’t feel sorry for Josh. Moreover, Josh doesn’t feel sorry for Josh. He’s got a problem, and he deals with it. But that leads into the second thing.
That blog post got picked up by a microblog which is associated with the Stuttering.me podcast, and since then I’ve been listening to it daily (and I keep being impressed.) On the podcast, Greg mentions the prejudices surrounding stuttering, how something like 80% of Americans have negative stereotypes about it.
More than that, I read on a support forum that technically speaking, stuttering counts as a disability. To my mind, it was a characteristic I had a boss once who stuttered, and it certainly never disabled him. Frankly, I’d never have had the courage to start writing a character with a “disability.”
But thinking of it as a characteristic made it graspable. I’ve written about characters who’ve had all sorts of problems, and stuttering seemed no more or less disabling than the others.
The prejudices discussed on the Stuttering.me podcast, however — that made me realize that I had darn well better write Josh perfectly, because the best thing in the world would be to take that prejudice and smash it to pieces.
I’m not a militant writer. I’m not out to change the world. On the other hand, if some understanding is gained, I’m all for it.
In the meantime, I’m listening to an audio course on chamber music to research the music part of the book.
So much to learn — hearts and voices and music. I feel like there’s a whole world being created, and as I learn along with it, parts of me are being created too.
I love writing. I just hope you love the reading.