S L O W moving chapter (but at least it’s moving) and a new book!

Posted 27 December, 2010 by DLWhite in Goals & Plans, WIPs, Writers Read, Writers Write 2 Comments

4000 words and I haven’t even got past day one. I’m trying to make sight-seeing seem interesting by interspersing banter and funny, meaningful conversation and not making it obvious that I want to move time along. I suppose it helps that I don’t plan to detail every day of a week long vacation like I’m detailing this first day. My goal for the next 1000 words is going to get them at least to their final destination, the island of Santorini. I should aim for that tonight but I just don’t have the brain capacity, really. It’ll have to be tomorrow.

I also started reading a new book that is way less of a disappointment than my last book.

[Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is] an atmospheric drama set in rural Mississippi. In the late 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals. Their worlds were as different as night and day: Larry, the child of lower-middle-class white parents, and Silas, the son of a poor, single black mother. Yet for a few months the boys stepped outside of their circumstances and shared a special bond. But then tragedy struck: Larry took a girl on a date to a drive-in movie, and she was never heard from again. She was never found and Larry never confessed, but all eyes rested on him as the culprit. The incident shook the county—and perhaps Silas most of all. His friendship with Larry was broken, and then Silas left town.
More than twenty years have passed. Larry, a mechanic, lives a solitary existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has returned as a constable. He and Larry have no reason to cross paths until another girl disappears and Larry is blamed again. And now the two men who once called each other friend are forced to confront the past they’ve buried and ignored for decades.

It’s fantastic so far, fast paced and full of questions to be answered and puzzles to solve. I’m on Ch 4 and I expect to finish in the next few days.

2 Responses to “S L O W moving chapter (but at least it’s moving) and a new book!”

  1. Becky

    Have you read Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent? http://www.amazon.com/Fireflies-in-December-ebook/dp/B001NXDHE4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1293546811&sr=8-2
    “”When her best friend Gemma’s parents are killed in a house fire, Jessilyn Lassiter’s parents take the girl in. Trouble is, the year is 1932, Gemma is black, the Lassiters are white, and they live in a small Virginia town. Spunky Jessilyn is 13 years old, but her story will appeal to readers of all ages. Winner of the Christian Writers Guild’s 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent’s debut is both heartwarming and hand-wringing as it shows how one family endured the threats small and large of a prejudiced community while maintaining moral integrity. The cast of characters is rich. Jessilyn’s mother wrestles with the social cost of challenging convention, her father is a dream dad and the neighbor’s wisdom is as spicy as her cake. Jessilyn’s romantic interest and penchant for trouble keep the tone light while the plot reminds readers of the evil that ordinary human beings are capable of doing, even in the name of righteousness. The book stares down violence and terror, making its affirmation of surprising goodness believable.” –Publishers Weekly, December 1, 2008, starred review”