Milana 5, Lost, is off to the proofreaders! Hooray! After that will be formatting and then beta readers.
Finished the draft for Milana 5, Lost. So incredibly excited! It's ready for some first level editing, and then alpha reading... Huzzah!
Well. I have had a time. I hit the halfway point in my draft and then promptly broke my finger. My littlest made a sudden dive, and I managed to avert the danger gravity was bringing him to, but at the cost of my finger. Then I learned that it was utterly impossible to type. I also learned that it's very easy to re-break your finger. It cost me three months of writing time, plus all of the inertia I had built up for writing!
I'm finally building that back up though, and I'm writing almost every day again. The whole thing has driven home what CS Lewis said in the Silver Chair, a person never really does have any idea what is going to happen to them in the next hour. So, with that in mind, I've gotten the cover together, and I'm also going to put some serious effort into learning dictation.
28,000 words down. I've been letting my three oldest kids read each chapter as I finish, and it really keeps me working. I try to write six days a week, while my fifth takes his afternoon nap. I gave my kids Chapter Thirteen this morning. My oldest daughter just came in the room, waving the pages wildly and shouting about how dare I make things so difficult for certain characters, and whether I had quite lost my mind. She finally threw them at me and stomped out of the room in a way that would have made Anne of Green Gables proud.
I'll take that as a sign that she is drawn in on an emotional level as a reader. Poor kid. She'll be all grown-up someday, talking about how her writer mother tortured them by giving them one chapter at a time...
Working on Milana 5!
This season has been such a challenge, hasn't it? Seeking God's guidance, I am reminded more than ever that loving my babies and teaching them to love God and others is my tiny piece of the puzzle, my way of trying to do God's work and spread His goodness and peace. Working on book five is another piece of my story in the Kingdom. I feel that our culture truly needs more stories where the heroes are fighting for right and protecting others.
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