February 16, 2020
Victor Hugo once said, “A writer is a world trapped in a person.”
A whole world. A world full of possibilities. A world where a mysterious, enchanting circus only opens at night or where a young girl with red braids stands up for herself when she’s teased. A world where a public defender takes up the cause of a black nurse against a white supremacist or where a group of women escapes a female-only concentration camp.*
So many stories.
So many dreams.
So many ways to transport us to new places and times.
I am a believer. A d.reamer. An a.uthor.
I’ve achieved some success with short stories and nonfiction pieces. I’ve shared dozens of works in the pursuit of getting better at the craft so I could share my d.reams with story lovers everywhere.
As of this writing, I’ve begun d.reaming in a different direction: my novel. My tentative title for it is In the Heart of the Linden Wood. On the recommendation of a writing instructor, I wrote a logline for the book. It keeps me grounded, and it reminds me of what I’m trying to achieve. It also makes me smile, because I love these characters and because I relish the opportunity to share this book one day with everyone else.
Here’s the logline (which is a brief summary that drives at the heart of the conflict and often introduces the main characters):
The magic trees of the kingdom of Linden are dying, and only the young king, Christopher, can save them. His quest will bond him with old allies and new friends as they also try to save hostages and mend a heart broken into four pieces. It’s the only way to escape his late father’s shadow and convince his people—and himself—that he deserves the crown.
I’ve gotten the novel back from my beta readers — praise-worthy souls who volunteered to read the book and give me honest feedback — and am in the middle of deep revisions, thanks to their thoughtful comments and suggestions. I don’t know if the publishing community will deem it worthy of joining the thousands of tomes lining shelves in libraries and bookstores and homes. I do know I want to share this story with the world.
Here’s to d.reaming. And the possibilities of all those stories. As my journey progresses, I’ll update this page. For now, I smile like a child eating my first chocolate mouse. :>
*The books referenced are:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly