Rewriting my Fifth Novel, Waltzing Matilda Pt. 1

Sometimes the sky jelly says, “take a moment.”

After I sent off Secret Matilda to my editors, I jumped headfirst into the rewrite of book 5.  Now, it’s not completely written, so this one is a partial rewrite-slash-new stuff experience.  I guess I can’t stop myself from trying new ways of doing things.  Spice is the variety of life or something…

It was great fun!  The story is cranking right along and ideas for what to add to it flourished non-stop in me olde skull.  Everything was moving right along and then, 100+ degree days…  I don’t know about other people but writing in the summer after working a full day is not easy for me.  Toss on 100+ degrees where my office can get into the mid 80’s and it just gets harder.

So, needless to say, work on book 5 has slowed down.

But that’s alright!  Just because it’s taking a little longer just means there is that much more blood, sweat and tears involved in the process.  I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve cut a finger or two while working on this.  But sometimes, you’ve got to step away for a little.  If for no other reason than to clear your head.  Luckily for me, a family trip back home was already in the works.  

We landed and drove until we hit the beach.  It was wonderful to see (and be in) the ocean again.  There was a lovely walk in the warm rain at night, fighter jets flying overhead, a concert, good food, coffee and all that.  I’m a sucker for old wooden ships and I finally got to see the recreations of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.  They were beautiful.

Then I went to rivers I grew up near and got to wander the beaches amongst the driftwood and shells.  I was lucky enough to catch sight of a cast of fiddler crabs as they broke for the trees.  And I ate oysters, so many oysters fresh from the water 10 feet away from me.

On top of all that, I got to swim in a mountain lake that had, and I kid you not, an ice cream boat!  You hear that telltale music and you perk up like a kid and around the bend came the boat!  Another boat pulled up alongside and ordered some ice cream and then disappeared around the bend.  I’ve never seen the like!

We flew out of Richmond after some history walks and excellent coffee and tacos and back home we are.  It was good to be back and I feel refreshed!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Author: jongraylang

Novel Writer, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & occasionally an Actor. Handy with a Sword, Ukulele, and Skis. Author of Nun With a Gun: The Town with No Name, The Matilda, Twistin' Matilda, Black Matilda, and Secret Matilda. Writer of the upcoming Sci-Fi sequel, Waltzing Matilda.

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