YOU COULD READ ME
the last chapter of Great Expectations
But Catherine fell asleep waiting!
You’d think I’ve been asleep too, Rip Van Winkle-asleep at the wheel (or the computer desk), not writing, not writing, waking to write a very little, but then trashing everything … not writing some more.
I haven’t really been sitting on my hands – I’ve made several wallpapers, a few pieces of BatB-themed stained glass, even tried my hesitant hand at drawing Vincent – but I’m terrifically aware I’ve left my long work in slow-progress, Iron Behind the Velvet, to languish for two years. Vincent (soaking some of his cares away in a steam pool) is a prune by now, and Catherine, in Eimear’s office helping, having refused Zivah’s offer of the school’s lunch, must be starving (if anyone at all remembers where the story left off!) It’s time things got moving again.
While Iron Behind the Velvet isn’t posted yet (78 chapters written – not enough time to get them up and still make this deadline!), The Thing With Feathers is back, revised to better fit the Beyond the Stained Glass arc. Also, there’ve been a few tweaks to I Carry Your Heart, mostly the Flynn-centered moments.
Thank you all who’ve offered such kind encouragement, even concern, over the no-writing months. During this quiet time, I committed to losing weight, and to break the snacking-while-trying-to-write habit I realized I’d developed, I found I had to get out of the computer chair and stay out of it for a while. But, happily, I was successful at weight loss, and I feel ready again … ready, willing, and I hope still able to write – and write hard.
All along, I was thinking on Iron/Velvet, and I have a list of other story ideas that came to me during my writing hiatus. A different site seemed necessary, seemed … first … and now that I have this new library chamber all outfitted, I should be putting more ‘books on the shelves’.
I can tell you the next chapter of Iron Behind the Velvet has a title:
Chapter 79 ~ Into The Darkness They Go, the Wise and the Lovely
It’s a start … and a promise.
“YOU FIND FAMILY WHEREVER PEOPLE LOVE EACH OTHER.”
Oh Carole! This has really lifted my heart today. Just the promise of wonders to come can have the most amazing effect on the spirit. Congratulations on the new site and please know that all your hard work and dedication is very much appreciated. Going to look around now.
Sue, thank you for visiting! I remember you were one of my first contacts with a reader at the old Imagine That. I was floored and thrilled! I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you’re here.
I’m getting to work on posting the Iron/Velvet chapters. And then … !! 🙂
Dear Carole, I’m willing to wait as long as it takes. It’s a beautiful story, Carole. And your new website is gorgeous! The muse will tell you when the story is ready to be finished and it will bubble up and flow like water. And then you will wonder where it’s been hiding all this time. Hahaha… Sometimes, the really great stories take time to fully ripen. Frustrating, at times, but so worth the wait!
Barbara, you are always good for my spirits. I feel like I make far too many backward steps compared to forward ones. This site has occupied me since right after Winterfest last year! But – as of right now – I think I have all the content I can find loaded, save for ALL of Iron/Velvet of course – but that means I can get back to it at last.
Thank you for your kind words about the new site. I’m excited to see what I can do with it. I’m really glad to know you’re here. Hugs!