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View From My Backyard

Here’s an update for any of you wanting to know where my projects stand at present:

For me, writing a novel is like building a house. The first draft is the blueprint stage. The second draft is where I pour the foundation, and frame out floors and walls. In the third draft I add electrical and plumbing. Fourth draft adds any color I might have missed in the third draft, and really tightens things up. The fifth draft (if needed) is like the final home inspection, making sure I haven’t missed anything, correcting any last minute discovered errors.

I know a number of you are anxiously awaiting the third installment of the Macready’s Bridge chronicles. I have not abandoned my Irish boys!

At the beginning of this year, a story was laid on my heart. It’s about a completely different group of musicians. It is primarily a story about the brotherhood that exists among musicians, and the power of music, and how both help in overcoming a crisis. While completely fictional, it is inspired by a true life story. This story has an added bonus, in that the finished novel will also, at the end of the book, include poems inspired by the same group of characters.

I had thought I would work on this book for the first couple of months of the year, then set it aside and work on the Irish boys. However, my heart and the muse that is driving the current book would not let me set it aside. I am, therefore, plugging away with this project, and have finished a 12 chapter second draft. I have also written 40 poems on this, although a few of them may not make the final cut. Between the poems and the two initial drafts of the novel, I have written 290 pages since the end of December 2017. That’s a crazy pace even for me! The muse that drives this book has me hooked.

My intention is, once this book is finished, to get back to Macready’s Bridge and finish out their story.

It always amazes me to see how my fictional characters take on lives of their own and drive the story where I hadn’t thought of taking it. Writing is a grand adventure!

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  1. Charlene Rosati #

    Walking through the Mist is the perfect read…or re-read right now. Not giving spoilers, but the book is the perfect tool for dealing with the trauma of life. I can’t stress that enough.

    March 16, 2014
    • Thank you so much Char. Yes, this book does show how Aidan dealt with a life-changing event.

      March 16, 2014
  2. Charlene Rosati #

    After the dark…comes light. After the injury…comes healing…It’s all part of the promise isn’t it? Thank you.

    March 24, 2014
    • It is, isn’t it Char? If we can stay the course, we will pass through that darkness.

      March 24, 2014
  3. Susan Hermiston #

    You always talk about interesting thoughts and idea. Makes me stop and listen each time!
    Love reading and your book is being reread at this time. Keep up thw good work Sinead!

    Love u!!!

    March 31, 2014
    • Sue, thank you so much. I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts and the book! Thank you for all your support.

      April 2, 2014
  4. Deb Scott #

    How true that is! Life can throw us into unexpected areas and, if we’re lucky, those areas turn out to be the niche’s we’ve been looking for! Walking Through The Mist is an awesome book! Just waiting for the sequel has me going back to read it again and again! Best money I’ve spent on a book in years!

    April 16, 2014
    • Deb, thanks so much for your comment! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the book so much!

      April 16, 2014
  5. Mary L. Johnson #

    Been there more times than I can shake a stick at . . . constant battle to find my way . . . the right path/direction! It’s SO frustrating sometimes, because you think you know what’s best for you and then you hit this roadblock or obstacle lying smack dab in the middle of your path and the doubts come rushing in like the water through a broken levy! It’s during those times that you need to stop, refocus your direction, lean on those who care for, love you and support you and pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and plant your feet firmly back on the path ahead and run like hell in the direction of your focus! Instincts don’t lie sometimes our surroundings control our destiny and that includes the people in our lives who provide insight and guidance and even cheer you along! Mist walking is an adventure so grab you favorite walking stick and enjoy the trip!!!

    July 2, 2014
    • Ah Mary, you’re already learning the lessons aren’t you? : ). Doubts do set in, but you’re doing a wonderful job of handling them. Keep going! : )

      July 2, 2014

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