December 15
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December 15

I've hit a road block on my new book. It was going so well in the month of November. I have my hero halfway through her adventure and I dont know how to proceed. I hate it when I get here in a book. It inevitably happens, well with every single one except two, Fallyn's World and Forever, Love. Someday I'll tell you about Forever, Love but right now I'm complaining about The Poseidon's Daughter. She's a little banged up and her hands are a mess but she's happier than she's ever been. Unfortunately I'm not sure how to progress her from here. I know where I want the story to go I just dont know how I want her to take it there.
I suppose that it doesnt help that I'm multitasking. I'm also rewriting or reformatting the entire Earth series. I've renamed it the World Gambit and combined the books. Now I need to read the entire thing and make sure that it flows. There is nothing more annoying than reading a series of books and finding that the author changed things around from one book to another or simply forgot things. I dont want to be that author.
On top of that my friend Jim decided that he wanted to redo Poems by Martha, which is fine. This is the last time that I'm doing this on this particular book. It started out as a nice thing that I was happy to help him with. His aunt Martha had passed away and left him some poems and they were good poems, but there weren't a lot of them. Anyway he wanted to publish them for his family. The tiny little book that the poems alone made was in a word pathetic and really didn't do the poems or Martha any justice.
While typing up the poems and formatting them I came to see a warm and kind heart behind the few offerings of prose. A thought came to me that it would be nice to have some pictures of Martha and her family to accompany the poems not only to flesh out the book but to give the poems a bit more life, as so many of them were dedicated to someone.  I mentioned my idea to Jim and he provided me with a pile of family pictures and a story to go with them.
The first printing was shown to some of the family and they were thrilled but... where's aunt so and so or cousin so and so... and on and on. The book grew from a simple offering of Martha's poetry to some kind of family album. This would have been alright except for one thing that really dampened the entire thing for me; the poetry was lost in the plethora of pictures. Then on top of that some wanted to change some of the poems, 'because they didnt sound just right or I think Martha was trying to say this'. It was ridiculous.
Once again I took my concerns to Jim. He had caved to all of the picture requests and asked me to revise the book a whopping five times. I was pretty done revising the book on those grounds anyway and I told him so. It is a lot of work to format pictures at the right dpi and put them with print on a page and we had lost the intent of the book several dozen pictures ago. This book was about Martha and her poetry, not about the family.
So finally now once again I am reworking Poems by Martha. I have removed all the pictures that I didnt like or that had no bearing on Martha. Certainly the people in the pics were related to her, but they didnt know her or she them. Family was important to Martha and I included in the book the family that she wrote about and those that she knew in her life. But I decided that this book was not going to be the family picture album that it was becoming. It didnt do justice to Martha or her poetry, now I think that it does.
I think that her heart and love come through in the words of her poems and by themselves tell a wonderful story. With the pictures of the people and animals that inspired the poetry her words take on even more life and add a depth that simple words on a page cannot give. Adding more pictures only distract and leech from the overall intent.
Wow, I had not realized how invested I was in that book. No wonder I can't get my other hero off the mountainside. I have to finish Martha's work before I can settle into anything else. I guess I had better get to it then. Talk to you later.

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