I am beginning with the next Earth’s Survivors book first. Back to writing. Today was my first partial day: Although I thought I prepared fully yesterday, I did not.
I had picked up the notebook I thought that I was in only to find I’m not even at that point (Notebooks 7 and 8 which contain book four), I am still in book three, even though the writing through book three turned into 7 books. Actually even that isn’t true, I am just beginning book three, notebooks five and six.It shocked me, because I knew I had expanded on the story-line while re-writing it, but I had no idea I had gone that far.
So, I opened notebooks seven and eight, found how far ahead in the story-line I was, and had to hunt up notebooks five and six. I found them, in the top drawer of my file cabinet, which is six feet off the floor, eye level with me, so I couldn’t actually read the chicken scrawl handwriting to see which ones they were, and had to drag them all out.
Dozens of composition notebooks. I found the story Eve I had written and forgotten about. I found two additional Dreamers novels, the novel Alone, the third novel in the Rebecca Monet story’s, and Hurricane, the second novel I had been working on when I had my heart attack, and I found all ten books in the Earth’s Survivors series. I also found two notebooks of unpublished short stories. The manuscript for Jesus, a novel about a disciple who tells the story of Christ from his own perspective. I worked on that novel a long time, learned to translate Latin, Chaldee, leaned on my brother, writing back and forth for a few years (He is a minister), asking questions about other texts that were found that most Christians don’t know of, or have not read. I read all of those texts while trying to remain impartial, and with all of it in my head I wrote the novel. Relied on my brother-in-laws, also ministers, for help in under standing scriptures, and also getting special translations with Latin and Chaldee. I think it is the most work I put into anything I have written. Anyway, looking for notebooks five and six.
Once I found book three, I found the marker clips I had used to show where I had left off. Then I had to find the holder I built that sits on the desktop, holds the notebook so I can read it and still have space for the keyboard so I can type. That took over an hour. I was just about to give up when I found it sitting in plain sight, lol.
So I ended up getting five new pages for a partial day, but I got the fingers working, and the story flowing, and even though it has been six years I jumped right back into the story-line and The Nation. My typing speed will catch up. I don’t seem to have lost finger dexterity from the stroke, and it is no more stressful that other things I do, in fact I remembered that it is while I am writing that I get to hear music. I can’t watch YouTube all day and write. So, YouTube catch-ups at night and on the weekend, music all day while writing. It was enjoyable.
So, tomorrow should be a full day, meanwhile I caught up, got the desk space worked out and my place in the story-line, and I am back there in the valley with my characters enjoying the story as it unfolds, as I wrote it in 2010, and have not read it since then.When this next Earth’s Survivors book is done, editing aside, I will continue with Hurricane. My goal is to stay on both until they are done.