What is it that they say about the best laid plans? Well, mine have certainly gone astray. When I turned my novel, Exile, over to my editor before I left on my cruise, I was feeling antsy about it. I had worked it over and over, but I knew it wasn’t all it could be. I had actually lost confidence that I had what it took to make it what I hoped it would be. I knew if anyone had the magic elixir, that my editor, Susan Gottfried did. I told her to take her time.
Initially she loved it and “was blown away by it.” Then as she got deeper she saw that I unconsciously switched genres—I moved from character driven to plot driven. It was not a good move. I was not writing true to my best self.
With her help, Exile is undergoing a massive rewrite. At this point I cannot promise how long it will take.
Thank you for your patience. You will get a better book in the end! I promise!
While on my cruise I began a new Regency: Lord John’s Dilemma. Am excited to get back to it after I finish Exile. It tells the story of Lord Grenville’s brother, Major John Lambeth, when he arrives home to Lincolnshire from Waterloo.
All our grandchildren are currently together in California. Morgan, Jessi, and Henry are vacationing there and listening to our grandson Jack (8) give his first talk in Stake Conference! Since he takes after his mother, father, and Papa, we are sure that this will be the first of many talks.
Since I visit Henry and Jessi nearly every day, I have missed them while we have been on our cruise
Speaking of our cruise . . . we are currently flying over Manhattan on our way home. This vacation was truly a treat. Princess cruises knows how to pamper you. We have had wonderful food, lots of relaxation (and visits to the spa!), and a truly magnificent time in Canada. We were so impressed by its beauty and its people. Our favorite places were Quebec City and Prince Edward Island. They were sparkling clean and totally devoid of any urban blight. The fall colors in Canada and Maine were at their peak, and that was wondrous to see. A stellar vacation by all standards. Thanks to Lord Grenville (my last Regency) for footing the bill!
Click HERE to see David’s magnificent photos of the trip.