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Update (Work in Progress, Book #2)

I finished the first draft of S.C.* back in 2009, but 2010 was so hectic with Issue 2 of Conclave, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and the release of The Silence of Trees, that I didn’t get to spend much time with it.

There were a few plot points that needed to be tightened up before I sent it out into the world, but when I returned to S.C. in earnest this winter, I felt like my characters were sleepwalking through molasses. I couldn’t quite get them to do what I wanted them to do.  More likely I was the one trudging through sticky words, making sloooow progress, editing here and there but missing…something. So I worked on some short stories and notes for an upcoming secret project with Madeline C. Matz. I cooked creative recipes and planned this year’s garden. The months were productive, but not as much with S.C.

Until March, when something shifted and woke up. Maybe it’s Spring, maybe it’s my imagination, maybe my Muse was teaching me a lesson or the story was aging like a nice Bordeaux? Whatever the reason, my characters are very much awake, and I’m trying to keep up! This means many more sleepless nights and late night coffees, but I’m happy-exhausted! They’ve surprised me twice this week with revelations about their characters that are helping to reshape the ending in a way that feels more authentic. Yay!

So I’m going to try and finish up the draft this week and send it off to my readers this weekend. Then next week I begin to work on the next project until my readers get back to me.

In the meantime, I have a question for you: What is the opposite of fear and why?

Consider this background research. Many thanks.


* I’m not quite ready to reveal the title of Book #2 but S.C. are the initials. It will remain a mystery for a little while longer.



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Mar. 28th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
opposite of fear
To me, the opposite of fear is trust. Trust that everything will turn out okay, or that "this too shall pass" and I'll be stronger for it.

love, me
Mar. 29th, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Opposite of fear.
To me, the opposite of fear is comfort. Fear is the sense of being aware of something that is not right. Comfort encompasses a sense of well being.
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
We just had this conversation this past weekend! wild. :)
I maintain that fear is self-preservation, and is born of instinct, and therefore not *really* fear in its traditional interpretation. So, hmmm. Its opposite? Encultured response? Hmmm. We couldn;t decide what it was either....and we also talked about "love" as coming from the same place..
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