SLOWLY working my way through my second edit of Unlimited. My strategy is to read a couple of chapters out loud to my son, Zeph, each night, making notes as I go. It's amazing what you discover about your writing by doing that. Zeph loves the story. So does Gretchen, who has already read it and given her notes. Then it's on to my wife, Heidi. One more final pass from me after that, and it's time to do the typesetting. Exciting!
Plus, I'm already developing the story for book three in the Milligan Creek series, which I'm calling The Water War. More on that one soon!
After completing my first draft right before going on vacation--to Saskatchewan, no less--in late June, I have just completed my second major draft of the book and have just sent it out to my beta readers--my wife and four children--for review. The cover is nearly complete, so once I get their notes back, I'll do one more pass and then proceed to layout. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this book should be ready to release by the end of August. I couldn't be more excited.
When I was but a wee lad, probably about nine or ten years old, a distant relative pulled into our farmyard with a helicopter fuselage on a flatbed trailer. It was an exciting moment for all of us, having never seen a helicopter up close before. I was just at a family reunion in Saskatchewan when I found a picture of it. It was cool timing, seeing as that moment actually inspired an aspect of Unlimited, which I had just finished writing.
Just received this nifty award along with a cash prize for Up the Creek!, the first novel in the Milligan Creek series. Pretty cool!
I had a chance to visit the Foam Lake Heritage Marsh last week and thought you'd like a look at the place that first planted the seeds of "Unlimited" in my mind.
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