For many years,the saddest movie moment I had ever seen was the end of Phantom of the Opera (starring Gerard Butler, Patrick Wilson and Emmy Rossum)when Raul floats Christine away and the Phantom is left alone. That was until I saw the last episode (#4) of North and South, the BBC production of the Elizabeth Gaskell novel starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe. Margaret Hale is about to leave Milton forever, and as proud but lovestricken John Thornton stands on the platform watching her get into the coach, he utters to himself “Look back. Look back at me.” She does not. See the clip in the link on the left (third one down). I HIGHLY recommend this film.
I was going to entitle this blog blurb “It is finished.” Not wanting to sound heretical for using scripture totally out of context, however, I thought again.
What is finished? My novel. Actually, my second novel. The first one was finished a couple of years ago, but I had no idea what I was doing and, frankly, it needs a lot of work. I went on from there to educate myself, hang out with some really cool (and accomlished) writer folks, and read much more widely. What I found out is that there really IS a writer hiding in my closet, and I really CAN do this.
Now if I can only convince an agent or publisher of this!
I have a third novel waiting in the wings (actually, it is already more than half completed), and after a short break (to read some books I have been dying to get to), I’ll tackle that one.
Of course, there are sequels to all three novels hiding in my brain, but first things first…
In case anyone (all three of you) is interested, I discovered the little PC software program called “yWriter” and highly recommend it. I still don’t use it to do the actual wordprocessing of my books, but it has proved a valuable tool for organzing thoughts, scenes, characters, special props, etc. Check it out on the link at the left.