Leaving Home

The full manuscript of “Hare” is in the hands of two publishers today, and they both expect to get to it in the next week or two. I’m feeling slightly the same as I did when Liam went off to university in Ontario last fall; I’ve done the best I could, and now, I can only hope for the best as “my baby” leaves the nest. I’m still playing with the opening pages; from agent responses, I know it doesn’t pull the reader in as quickly as it should. I’m toying with the idea of starting the novel a couple of years into the story, and then skipping back to the true beginning (idyllic life in Southern Sudan pre-war). We’re off to Horseshoe Lake tomorrow for Father’s Day; think it will do me good to get away from my laptop for a while.

For the first time today, I pulled up an old chapter-book manuscript – had an idea for it in the middle of the night, and I’m already two chapters into major revisions. I have to admit it feels good to be moving on – guess it was time…

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