Two Books For The Price Of One

Woman, Girl, Female, Lying, TypingI have received some excellent advice regarding my Annabelle Riley series. Amongst which is that my 240,000 word manuscript (yeah I know!) could easily be made into two seperate books.

That made me take a fresh look at everything. I have been trying to weave certain aspects between both the original story and the sequel, yet at the same time making sure each had an appealing introduction, a compelling body and a riveting conclusion.

Oh and…we have also been discussing the title of the book. I had an idea early on. But I changed it because I did not want the story to sound too depressing. But, in the end everyone I have asked seems to like my original idea. I am going to ask you in an opinion post very soon. I have had a few ideas and I would love to have a bit of feedback on which of the titles is most appealing and fitting for Annabelle’s story.

Anyway…it all takes time! Time is something I am desperately short of at the moment. But we believe Book One, which is now 110,000 words is about ready. I cannot tell you how many times I have proof-read it! Every time I read it, I tweak it.

decisionsI still want to cut some of the long conversations between Robin and Annabelle down. She says the same thing about three times. I feel I still need to cut it down! But some days I have to admit that tiredness has beaten me. It is so much easier with a fresh head.

However, I am still enjoying it. I can’t wait to tackle the sequel. I think those latter chapters were more compelling for me to write. So I am really looking forward to editing and proofreading them.

I am not a perfectionist. But I do want to do Annabelle justice!

The Secret Kingdom Of The Gingerellos

What a delightful prompt from Teresa today! I knew this morning that my tale today was going to be one of the adventures my two younger sisters and I would have played out when we were little girls.

Your challenge today, should you accept it, is to find your inner explorer and write your take on the Adventure subgenre of Lost World and see where it leads…or whatever/wherever the picture takes you.

I responded to another of Teresa’s prompts a while ago with their make believe ocean voyages. My little post was called Ay Ay Captain! This is a return to Captain Mandy and her crew of Navigator Melody and Able Seaman Milly (who did everything Mandy told her to!)

Treasure Map, Map, Old, Paper, Parchment

After sailing around the island, looking out for signs of human activity, Captain Mandy ordered her crew to anchor the ship just off the secluded bay they had spotted.

Melody, the Navigator, had been studying an old tattered map and excitedly reported to the captain that she believed this island was actually the Secret Kingdom of the Gingerellos.

“Shiver me timbers! The Gingerellos!” exclaimed Captain Mandy.

“Who are the Gingerellos?” asked able seaman Milly out loud.

Spices, Curry, Market Stall, ColorfulMelody replied, “You’ve never heard of the Gingerellos? Well they are a people with ginger hair and yellow skin. They were the Kings of the ancient spice trade and amassed a great fortune. Because they ate so much saffron, tumeric and other spices, they turned yellow and their hair bright ginger. They were very distinctive and very beautiful.”

“Oh…are they called the Gingerellos because they are ginger and yellow then?” asked Milly with a baffled expression on her face.

Captain Mandy enlarged on the history of the Gingerellos, “They ate so much spice that they became illuminous yellow and their ginger hair glowed like flames. They were so dazzling that people couldn’t look at them without their eyes hurting. So the Gingerellos hid themselves away in the deepest darkest jungle on the Island of Ginintuang Pampalasa with the enormous fortune that they had made from the spice trade.”

“Really! Oh wow!” cried Milly.

Gems, Jewelry, Rubies, Jewel“Yes!” cried Melody, “and in their treasure they have diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds! It’s the most amazing fortune the world has ever seen!”

Milly scratched her head, “Do they have pearls too? Mum’s favourite gem are pearls.”

“Of course they have pearls,” answered Captain Mandy, “and lots and lots of gold!”

Milly was thoughtful, “Do you think they are still there in the jungle then?”

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find them!” suggested Melody.

Captain Mandy stood with her hands on her hips, “Of course they are out there! Come on crew, let’s go and find the Gingerellos and their treasure.”

Children, Girl, Hiking, TrailLittle Milly was hesitant, “But Mandy, aren’t we supposed to ask Mum and Dad before we go into the woods on our own?”

Captain Mandy frowned, “Where is your courage sailor? Come on follow me. I know just where to look for them!”

Taking hold of the hand of her youngest sister, Melody encouraged her, “Come on Milly, we know the woods like the back of our hands. We will find the Gingerellos and their treasure and still be back on time for tea!”

I Won’t Let You Down And Run

dauWhenever I go to any kind of dance event, I find myself with the opportunity to dance along with songs in public that previously I have only danced to in my bedroom.

Saturday night featured two songs from Dua Lipa. Jack says he is looking forward to her next album. I haven’t heard her first album, so I suddenly feel as if I am going to have to google her music so Jack doesn’t realize quite how behind the times I am. (I don’t care really!)

Anyway, this was actually one of the first songs played on Saturday. Jack grabbed my hand and twirled me round. He knew all the words off by heart. I knew the music. But I was just reading the lyrics…when Jack knows these songs off by heart, I sometimes wonder whether he has been listening to these songs and thinking of me. I don’t know. When I hear emotive lyrics, I think of a special someone. Over the last eight years, that was Jack, then Goldfinch, and now it’s Jack again.

The line that I picked up on from this song was: “Just another chance so that I can show, That I won’t let you down and run”. Yeah, that’s exactly what Jack and I have given each other…another chance. I am so glad it is paying off!