Novel update…. I have only sent a proposal out to one agent and one publishing house. I know. It’s not very aggressive. But I just want it all to be ‘right’. And strangely enough, I’m not stressing. If the One who gave this to me wants to give it to others, He will… in His time. No need to stress.
I have asked only five people to read my manuscript, four of which are related to me. And the other I have never met (in person) but to whom am so very grateful. (Have I said ‘thank you’ today, M? Thank you.) The reviews have been more than I expected, and I am grateful and hopeful. (Did I mention four of them were related to me?) All that said… I am pursuing publication, and hope I realize that goal very soon. As always, prayers are longed for.
As I have been thinking through and working on publication avenues of the book I’m calling (for now) A View from There, I’ve been praying for Him to give me a new story to tell. Praying hard. And the answer…. a big fat NOTHING. A few times I thought I had something, then trashed it. And so I prayed more. But not even a glimmer of a storyline came by way. Not a theme. NOTHING. Until last week.
Last week, a story began forming in my head–one that I couldn’t get away from. Once it came, I’ve barely been able to think of much else. Today I started writing an outline. An outline! Yay! I’m very excited about this new project and have some serious goals in place that hopefully will ensure I finish this project much faster than the last.
And that brings me here, asking for some help. A View from There is set in the south. Many of the characters are colorful and loud and as southern as we get. They are pictures of people I’ve known… variations of their personalities or my take on it, anyway. And almost every character in the book has a name with some sort of meaning to me. Don’t worry. I’m no Taylor Swift. If we dated, and you broke my heart, I didn’t name an ax murderer or the family dog after you in the book. But I do draw from my own life in every area possible.
This book I’m working on now is also set in the south, and I need some names, y’all. Some SOUTHERN AS IT GETS names. In A View from There, I used my great aunt Modean’s name for one of my key characters. It doesn’t get much better than Modean. Although I saw a name the other day I absolutely fell in love with. Ready for it? Billie Wanda. How awesome is Billie Wanda?
So I’m sincerely asking for your help. Give me those southern names in your family… Uncle Cletuses or Cousin Billy Rays. Or just a name you’ve heard and it just drips with southern charm. I want to hear them. All of them. And if you want… tell me about that person… a character quality that is unique or special or downright insane. And who knows? If this thing ever gets put in writing, you may be the one who named a character.
Give me what you got. I promise, everything will be perused and considered!