While the rough draft of Death Out of Time remains with my alpha readers, I’ve been more than busy. A brand new house needs a lot of work—like establishing a yard. Thus, a short post today.
Even when temperatures are hovering around 90 with miserable humidity and endless clouds of gnats, sometimes you need to be out watering the new grass seed. If you’re my husband, you also want to start laying out planting beds before the grass takes hold in those areas. It’s a heck of a lot easier if you don’t have to dig out well-established root systems as you go.
Even with the house and yard work, I’m still working on the writing. The outline of the new manuscript is taking shape. And with the help of two wonderful blog buddies, I’ve tightened up the plot for it. As a result, I now know how the story ends. Amazingly, the opening chapter foreshadows the ending. Writers are told a good story does this, but don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s easy to do! Honestly, it was sheer coincidence in this case.
Last week, my husband and I were in DC at an awards banquet for a colleague. While having cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, we talked with another couple. We had never met before. But as we talked, it became clear that the other man and I must have crossed paths in Honduras back in the 1980s. I’ve never had such an encounter before or heard four people say variations on “I can’t believe this” so many times in one conversation! Honestly, what are the odds? I doubt it could have happened anywhere else.
And really, what a great opening for a novel…. Hmm… What do you think?!