Welcome back to Atonement, TN!
Yes, this is my warped idea of taking a break — still making a weekly blog post. However, the interactive serial stories really are much more labor intensive than these posts. I actually am getting some writing done on Atonement in Bloom, my main novel in progress!
Previously I said I realized that I needed to divide and move around my chapter length magical prologue. As “Racine” might say, Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! Did that ever make a lot of work. I’m happy to say that things are moving and shaking to my satisfaction. I expect to finish that work this weekend.
During that moving-around last weekend I wrote some new material. I didn’t think it was much though, until I went back to check. In addition to that arduous editing, I wrote 3,000 words of new story-line. Since I write at a snail’s pace, I was very pleased with that. Now I’m crossing my fingers that I make as much progress this weekend.
A New Feature — Annie’s Inventory Notes
Part of my purpose in these doing these posts is to make the setting and characters in the “Atonement” books more real to everyone. So each week I’ll share something about the town and/or its residents.
I had the idea for this “feature” when we did the opinion poll. This post provides the first installment of Annie’s Inventory Notes.
Annie, the proprietor of Annie’s Antiques and Consignment Shop had a very minor role in the first book, Atonement, Tennessee. I wouldn’t even describe her as a supporting character, the part was so small.
However, when I had the thought to do Annie’s Inventory Notes, I also had the idea to make Annie something a little out of the ordinary. I’m not sure how much of her “unusual nature” will be revealed in Atonement in Bloom. But I thought it might be fun for us to share the secret, here on my blog, that there’s more to Annie than meets the eye!
Adding to this mystery and secrecy, last time I mentioned that an unexpected new character popped up for book-2. That character is Adelle, who happens to be Annie’s sister. The sisters will lend a mysterious vibe to the story
If you opened the door to Annie’s Antiques and Consignment Shop, you’d hear the old fashioned tinkle of a little bell attached to the door. It wouldn’t be unusual for you to smell home-baked cookies. Often Annie has a tray of delicious cookies by the cash register. So look for a recipe at the end of this post.
Now, here is the first installment of “Annie’s Inventory Notes.” The timeline of this would have been in book-1.
Annie carefully cleaned the antique mirror. The engraved text seemed clear, but she wanted to make sure she didn’t miss so much as a syllable. “See in your reflection, truth and justice most poetic,” it read.
A chill went down Annie’s spine as she read the words. Then a wave of nausea assailed her. Most people wouldn’t have a strong physical reaction to a mystically infused object. Although Annie looked like an ordinary woman, Annie wasn’t most people. And the Mirror of Truth wasn’t just any mystical antique.
Annie made a point of not looking directly into the mirror before covering it.
Her thoughts rushed as she tried to consider the best thing to do with the mirror. However, Annie’s burden was that of non-interference. She was to be a record-keeper, nothing more. Providing a normal life for her sons depended on her complete abstinence from intervention. No one could know what she sensed. Certainly no one could know the things to which she bore witness over her lifetime in Atonement, Tennessee.
The shop bell rang. The moment she saw Lacey Hampton walk into her store, Annie knew any decision about the Mirror of Truth was already out of her hands.
I searched the WordPress countryside for cookies that Annie might bake and give to her patrons. I found a charming blog called The Little Blue Mixer. Coincidentally, that blogger is Anna! Now, how cool is that? Anna’s treats made me think of the kind of things my fictional Annie might bake. So check out her blog, particularly the cookies below.
Apple Maple Sugar Cookies
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