Friday, August 20, 2010

Footloose and Fancy-free Friday Moving on

It's time for me to move on.  (No, not from the blog.)

For the past several weeks, I've blogged, Facebooked, and Tweeted about my so-called "secret project."

I called it that for a reason.  I knew if I talked too much about this project, and it ultimately failed to become viable, I'd feel even more heartache than if I'd stayed quiet.  It was too much to hope for, that I'd get this off the ground.

In point of fact, my secret project was a mission to save Oracles Promise.  (For those newer followers, this was my second book.  The one I wrote just previous to the one I'm currently revising.)

My journey with this book has been long, rocky, and paved with break-ups and reunions.  I outlined the completed draft in painstaking detail.  (There's a reason it came out at a whopping 95 pages long.)  I did this in an attempt to see where I could expand, where plots and characters could be added in.  This would be (to quote the Scott Pilgrim poster) "an epic of epic epicness" when completed.  Something akin to Tokien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.  (I can delude myself well.)

The world at large will never know these characters, or their story.  But they've been my companions on the rockiest stretch of my writing journey thus far.  In a way, they were there to comfort me and shelter me in the wake of losing my father and growing up.  (Something which I'll contend I've yet to fully do.)

Thanks everyone for your support through all of this.


  1. Stephanie, your post truly touched my heart. I'm sorry about the loss of your father. But I'm sure, from his special cloud, he's looking down and smiling on you, very proud of you.

  2. i think it's good to go back and work on other manuscripts from time to time. it means you haven't given up on them - and if you haven't given up on them, then you have't given up on yourself!

  3. Don't give up on your project completely. Just put it away and work on your other projects. Who knows, as you grow as a writer, maybe you'll figure out a way for it to work. That's what I plan to do with my manuscript if I can't get it published.

  4. No writing is ever wasted, even if you never end up sharing it with the world. My first novel sat forgotten for ten years, but when the time was right, I pulled it out again. I'm so glad I did. So don't feel too heartbroken. It means something to you, if no one else.

  5. I'm sorry to hear this, but at least you can come to terms with it on some level. Angie's right. No writing is ever wasted. Take from this what you can and write something even greater.

  6. I agree that you can always go back to them, you never know how they will perform for you in the future, you say the outside world won't know them, but you just never know. For the mean time, it's good to appreciate how these characters have contributed to the writer you are now, and I'm sure they've had a significant hand in your development as a writer. :)


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