Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It ain't over...

...till it's over.  (Thank you, Mr. Berra.)

Done, finished, ready.  Well, almost.  This story is set to be released May 31.  Just over 24 hours from now, give or take.  It will be out of my hands.

...And I still have to finalize the Afterword.  All my books have Afterwords.  With historical fiction (which I claim to write) you absolutely have to explain where you have strayed from the conjectural into the invented.  (For example, one person in a main character's life, mourned by that character as dead, historically outlived him...)  I have some words...where the story came from, why it had to be written.

It would be interesting to say what I have found to be true: that once you have written something in a universe that you have created, it is set in stone.  The presence of a specific character in the last book, chronologically, of this series - 'The Memphis Cycle' - mandates the occurrence that is at the center of this story.  ...And then there are my thoughts about what, who, how, why.

Should I write it?  I think perhaps.

I'll miss this one.  It's a 'bright' story.  There is no mystery in it, nothing dire underlies it.  One of mine is a romp - the characters make it so - but the fact behind the story is a tale of treachery, rapaciousness and self-embraced evil.  This one has a love story, and - a blessing that I had not expected - it has a character whose ultimately bittersweet fate, followed through the entire course of my writing this, suddenly turned, rather like the Mississippi changing its course.  I was left standing there, ankle deep in the tide, filled with delight at the way matters fell together, threads were joined, and the flow of the Cycle went on.  I can only say that while I wrote the story, this character's fate followed its true path.

There are some truly amusing sections for me, and some quotes my characters came up with that I found touching:

"Our children sometimes leave us too soon," he said, looking down and away from the sparkle of tears in her eyes.  "You can give them birth, or cause them to quicken in a womb...  You give them the best childhood you can, try to be the father that you should be.  But, ultimately, they will leave you.  A month, a year...  Through marriage, through distance-you do lose them, or part of them you loved.  All that you can do is hold to what you did have, and remember the care you gave them.  And the love.  And also remember, for we sometimes do forget, that what we gave was the best we could at that moment.  And it was sufficient, no matter how we may dream of what we might have done, if only we had known."

Or this, with (perhaps) a bow to Shakespeare:
Seti looked up at him.  "'Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow'," he said.  "You say that too often.  Let me tell you, Djedi, you need to hoard your tomorrows, use them wisely, for tomorrows will run out and you will be left with only yesterdays, wondering where the tomorrows went and desperately wishing to have them back, just long enough to say a word, make a gesture, bind a wound, give one last kiss..."

There is this final worry.  (You may laugh at me - go ahead, guffaw, snicker, tee-hee, snort, chortle...)  The thing is too darned short compared to my usual output.  It is (ahem) only 84,700 words compared to my stripped-down 125K. 

Hah!  I'm going to bed!  24 hours!  Afterword or not afterword... Yikes!



 

 

15 comments:

  1. Congrats on finishing! The quotes were lovely--I hope you'll post links to purchase soon! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I don't know about anyone else, but there's a moment when you think - "What am I DOING? "

      Fortunately for me, all the authors whose work I love get over that moment!

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  2. How exciting to have finished and about to be sending it out into the world. Congrats to you, and I'm sure your Afterword will be a great closing. Writer’s Mark

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! At least it's been fun. Somehow, for me, any final 'notes' seem to tie things together and finalize things with a smile....

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  3. Hi Diana .. it is today - so hope all is finished, settled, dusted off and ready to rock and roll .. good luck .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi, Hilary -
      Yes, all finished, no (glaring) issues, up and running... My baby has left me (and I can now nurture another baby - must remember that). Thank you for your good wishes, and best to you for an enjoyable weekend!

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  4. Diana,
    Since we both like classical music--"May your fat lady sing many more times!"
    Mourningtide was a long time coming (everything excellent is). Of course, knowing you, you'll not rest on your laurels with that cuppa for long. On to the next...your fans demand it.
    Congratulations!
    Inge

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    1. I'm taking a week off. Reading magazines...cooking...NOT editing! Visiting other blogs (so many wonderful ones!) Thanks for your extremely nice comment.

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  5. Oh how exciting, best of luck Diana!!!!

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  6. Congratulations on finishing, and thank you for sharing the snippets. They're great!

    Deb (popping in via Celebrate the Small Things sign up)

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  7. Oh my. What an accomplishment and it sounds really good. Congrats!!

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    1. I am embarrassed to be so late acknowledging visits and kind comments. I'll be better next time, but this time - thank you so much!

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  8. Congratulations Diana! Wow...I can't wait to feel what you are feeling right now. Sigh...love your quotes and can not wait to read the entire book. Keep us posted on availability.
    Glad we are friends now.

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    1. Thanks, Debra - may it be SOON for you based on what I've read of yours!

      ...meanwhile, Mourningtide is up on Amazon (Kindle and paperback) and will be available in paperback through other distribution channels in just about a week.

      (PSSST! I have a giveaway going on my website - three paperbacks - and one starting on Goodreads - five copies - Monday, June 10...)

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