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Copper whispered a secret! But you know how loudly she whispers…
So I might as well let you in on it too. It’s about the next episode. No, I promise I really didn’t know it when I posted the previous episode — you know these serials are pure “pantser” unplanned fun — but it turns out that Episode 33 was the penultimate installment of our “interactive” Steampunk serial. I’ve written the conclusion, which is waiting in the wings of my master document.
Copper, the Alchemist, & the Woman in Trousers concludes this weekend!
Come on now… you knew this was going to happen. Stop crying or I’ll cry too.
For about two years I’ve faithfully given episodes of serial stories, driven by the three things you send. In total I spend at least 3 full days writing, designing, and following up on each episode. If I didn’t have a full-time job that might not be a big deal, but I have to earn a living. However, I get enjoyment and satisfaction from writing them and even more, I absolutely love interacting with all of you!
I do plan to write another “three things” serial, and will want you to send the things. All sorts of ideas keep battering the doors of the chambers in my mind, demanding to be heard and seen.
However, I’m very much in need of a significant break. Else I’ll never finish another novel. “Atonement in Bloom” (book-2) beckons! But what to do to keep you from drifting away??? I’d be truly hurt if I lost friends.
So for this so called break, I’ve decided to stick around, but do something less labor intensive. It’s also something to ensure I keep working on book-2.
Until I finish “Atonement in Bloom” I will post weekly updates on my progress, or something to do with the novel.
— AND– I have a couple of ideas to make these interim posts more interesting…
1: I could give you snippets from Esmeralda’s Journal. No, not Ralda Lawton, the heroine of “Atonement, Tennessee.” I mean her past incarnation as the long ago Esmeralda Gwynedd!
(Farther ahead… Book-3 will be set in Esmeralda’s day and you’ll learn why she needed to “atone.” So it’s sort of a pre-preview.)
Here’s an example:
I finally saw it. The blue rose. He told me it is the symbol of the impossible. And should it grow in my garden my life would be filled with impossible things. He also warned me to take care. That my misdeeds could follow me beyond this mortal coil and into lifetimes to come.
Then he bent down, so near to my face that his lips brushed my cheek when he again spoke. “And so will I follow you, Esmeralda,” he said.
Now remember, Esmeralda Gwynedd’s full story won’t be told until book-3. I’m still working on book 2 right now. So maybe using her is not a good idea after all. So…
2. I also thought about giving you weekly recipes from Bethany, our Goth accountant. It turns out she’s a bit of a baker. That would be more relevant to book-2. Hmmm. Okay, let’s do a poll. Come on and vote everybody!
Once I’ve finished “Atonement in Bloom,” a new three things serial will begin. So be thinking of things to send.
The steam locomotive to the Victorian Era will be at the platform one more time this weekend. I hope you’ll be there.