Sequel beginning in the land of ice and fire…

In my last post, I mentioned that I was editing in a tropical location. I’m back this week, and I only have three chapters left to edit. I’ll send it to my copy editor as soon as they’re finished 🙂

That’s good news because as soon as I email it off, I’ll be able to continue working on my sequel to The Children of Lehom. I’m itching to. At the present moment, I’m beginning the second book in Iceland. I’m not going to say more just in case I need to change things later. Note that I said the sequel begins in the land of ice and fire, but that doesn’t mean the whole book takes place there.

Iceland has a very different type of beauty than a tropical island; however, beautiful it still is. Below are pictures of black sand beaches near Vik.

Haunting, no?

 

Edits from paradise.

It’s no coincidence that The Children of Lehom is set on a tropical island. I love white sand beaches, turquoise water, and balmy temperatures, so it seemed natural to use this as inspiration for my novel’s setting.  What I didn’t do, however, is use a specific island as a reference for my fictional one. I wanted as much flexibility as possible when creating my post-apocalyptic world.

I now find myself editing from a tropical location. My husband and I had planned a vacation long before I decided to submit my novel to Kindle Scout, so it’s quite serendipitous that I can edit from here 🙂

I’ll leave today’s blog post with a picture.

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Well, Kindle Scout didn’t happen.

So, I’m updating to say that Kindle Press decided not to publish my book. They did provide some wonderful feedback, though, and I can easily incorporate these suggestions into my book in the next month. In the meantime, I’m going to consider whether or not to query literary agents. Whatever happens, I will be providing people who nominated me with free copies of the newly-edited ebook. I’ve included a link on my website where people can sign up for my newsletter. In an upcoming letter, I’ll give details about the free book.

I’m reminded of the Killers song, “Mr. Brightside.” Although this song is about infidelity, it is upbeat and, for some reason, makes me feel happy. I gave the Kindle Scout venue a try right before the platform closed its doors, so perhaps it’s for the best.

The meaning of “on tenterhooks.”

Per the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “when someone is in a state of uneasiness or suspense, you might say that person is on tenterhooks.” A little down the page, they continue: “A tenterhook is defined as ‘a sharp hooked nail used especially for fastening cloth on a tenter.’ Oh, okay. Glad that’s settled. Hey wait … what’s a tenter? Well that’s a frame on which cloth is stretched to dry evenly, often to prevent it from shrinking.”

I didn’t just decide to define random phrases today on this blog entry. I’d say that this phrase accurately defines how I feel now that my Kindle Scout campaign has ended. I received an email today, and Scout said they’d contact me in a “few business days” with a decision. Ack…we’re coming upon a weekend!

On a positive note, though, I’m going on a relaxing vacation tomorrow, which will definitely help quell the “tenter-hooky” suspense I’m feeling.

If you want to read more about this expression, here’s the link:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/on-tenterhooks-origin-meaning-phrase

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Tic toc, tick tock…

Well, there are two days left in my Kindle Scout campaign for The Children of Lehom. On one hand, I look forward to the end because I will get a decision one way or the other. Will it be published, or will Kindle Press decline? Those of us with current campaigns remain hopeful despite the fact that the Scout program will soon cease to exist.

I do think it was a valuable program since it allowed people to (potentially) get published sans a literary agent. There are very few publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts. That begs the question….if this book isn’t published, should I publish myself or query agents and go the traditional route?

I haven’t figured out the answer to that question as of yet.

One good thing about a still-active campaign is that hope is still alive. That’s a good note to go out on for today 🙂

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Inspiration behind The Children of Lehom 

Religion can be a funny thing…..good for some, horrible for others. I’ve always been fascinated by how religious leaders convince people to do and believe things, whether it be in cults or in more benign religious settings. I’ve also studied medieval culture in depth, which means I’ve read extensively on the Black Plague. And, when people are afraid, they surrender their power in order to grasp on to some measure of comfort.

These were some of the root ideas that led to the formation of this book. What would happen if there were a modern plague and some people escaped in order to isolate themselves from the contagion? What would this new society look like? How would people behave? At what point does this protective place of isolation turn into a prison? These were some of the questions I entertained when writing.

I don’t pretend to have absolute answers for these questions, but my imagination did conjure up some potential ones. That’s one of the fun things about fiction….the creation of new worlds.

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The Journey Begins

Welcome! Although this blog wasn’t difficult to set up, it was hard to name. After much pondering and a few cups of coffee to help me along, I decided to call this space on the internet “infinite vellum.” You see, I’m a medievalist by trade and at heart. I love really old manuscripts, which were often created in scriptoria across medieval Europe on a material called vellum. I tried to think of this new blog space as an extension of that idea…..hence the name “infinite vellum.”

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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