First rough draft done

I got quiet about working on A Place of Safety because I was so focused on it, I hated the thought of dealing with any other form of writing. No letters. Few emails, except when dealing with work. Arguments with my MC over what to do when and where and how...and finally I'm done. And on time.

What I have is 3 parts, 1021 total double-spaced pages, and 222,450 words in 12 point Courier. I wound up having to kill one of my darlings, as the phrase goes, but once I got to this section I'd written long ago...and re-written and polished and made beautiful and perfect and just right and needing nothing but a short bridge from the end of Chapter 13 to it...my MC told me it didn't work. And he was right. So I chucked half of it and shifted the rest to the final chapter...and it fit so much better.

And makes what I think...I hope...is a shocking ending not only emotionally involving but acceptable.

I still have a lot of rewriting and editing and rearranging to do on this piece, but the hardest part is done -- just laying out the story. I'll probably expand on some areas and condense others and change much of what's been done, already. I know how I work. What's great about it is I now know what I need to know to add to the story and make it whole. That's half the battle, right there.

I'm putting it aside to give me a chance to decompress and working on a book version of Dair's Window. That one's a drama/romance about a gay stained glass artist finding his way, again, after the death of his lover and having to deal with the man's avaricious relatives in court. I'm thinking I may set it in 2007 or 2008, when the gay-marriage debate was raging. Dunno, yet. Considering the current makeup of the Supreme Court, it may not make a difference.

I'm also in Facebook jail for a post I made 3 months ago that had the word fuck in it. Puritans in bot disguises have begun to make our lives hell.

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