I’ve been hard at work on my middle-grade novel manuscript, inspired by the life of Jacob Deng, one of the so-called “Lost Boys of the Sudan”.  I’m being mentored on the project by Gary Blackwood, (The Shakespeare Stealer and others), and it’s been an amazing experience so far.  I’m so used to writing for my eyes only, and it’s wonderful to have Gary’s experienced and wise eyes looking at my writing.  The manuscript has already gotten so much stronger, and we’ve only met in person once, although we’ve done some email editing as well.  I’m heading up to Truro in the morning to meet him, and I’m hopeful he can help me solve a problem I’m having toward the end of the manuscript.  It’s grown from about 30,000 words to close to 50,000 in just one month!  TTYL

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