Recently added what turned out to be such a long chapter to this that I broke it up into two chapters, and made Chapter One a Prologue, as it is short. Still planning to finish in June 2010. It has really come a long way in my estimation. At first, as I’ve written before, here, I wasn’t sure I could get into it…but the thing that has made it so meaningful for me is the amount of myself I’ve been able to put into it. It’s not my life/childhood story, but the main character is very closely patterned after the ten-year-old boy I was. And Aunt Somebody, the boy’s retired movie-star great-aunt, is a composite of several women I have known, and fictional characters I’ve admired in books and movies.
WW&S is, at this point, probably the most character-oriented piece of writing I’ve ever worked on, as opposed to the plot-oriented stories which are my stock in trade, where characterization is secondary to the action. And this is good…I can feel my writing muscles stretching with each new chapter that I add to the “blook”, or blog-book. When completed, I will leave the blog out there for online reading, but will still publish the hard copy through lulu.com.