Before starting on them I was reminded of something Frank Sinatra once
said. The essence of the statement
was that it was difficult to go out night after night and sing the same songs
with the same enthusiasm as he first had in singing them.
The bulk of this book has been done for over 25 years with many revisions
along the way. Naturally I
expected in editing that it would be laborious and painstaking.
It turns out that I could not have been more wrong.
I have spent the vast majority of my time over the last year promoting
“Quest for the Red Sapphire”. As
great a book as it is, I find myself wanting to spend more time on the
3rd book in the series. (I will withhold the name so as not to give
anything away.) It was a new and
exciting project even though the story has been done in my head for
decades. Now it has come time for
the edits and I found myself dreading the dissection of my work. To my surprise,
most of the major changes have been worked through between my editor and
me. As a result, reading the story
is like finding an old friend again and catching up on the past.
There were parts and subtle nuances I had forgotten over the many
years. Though I have a great deal
still to read, I find it new and exciting to read the story. “Sapphire Crucible”
is probably my favorite in the series of books I have planned.
There is mystery, intrigue, romance and more action than you would think
could go into a book. I actually
had to pull myself away from editing to write this blog.
It all serves to remind me how lucky I am that I am able to write. The entire process is a joy for
me. First I come up with the
story, lay it all out in order and then write it.
Afterward I reread it and fix any glaring errors.
Then I send it to my publisher and it is assigned to an editor. The unseen holes are fixed and then I
get to read it once more before sharing it with the world.
I love storytelling and writing for me is exactly that.
Others can paint or draw or sing or play an instrument.
I have been blessed to be able to write. Many people can write.
I am one of the lucky few who actually get to do it.
For me there is nothing more fulfilling. With that in mind, I will happily return
to my editing. Make sure you are
brushed up on “Quest for the Red Sapphire”. “Sapphire Crucible” is going to blow