out of the ashes

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

20,000 Words In

Closer To Heaven is coming along fine. Here is an excerpt from 6.

Amelia has slept in a dumpster, having seen Munster and a man running...Going into the chapter the reader doesn't know she is dreaming, but the land and its inhabitants are "unbelievable" given where she is in time and space. And suddenly she awakens.

In my dream there was a lion and a bear and a horse down by the stream, and that didn’t make sense. A lion would have jumped on the horse and eaten him, and then he would have found the bear eating berries and eaten the bear. But he just drank the water instead and didn’t kill the horse or the bear. That is not real, I knew.
My momma didn’t see me or feel my arms around her, and that made no sense either  because Momma always saw me and knew me and loved me. And Daddy wasn’t in the dream. If Momma was really sitting by a stream, then Daddy would have been close by because there was no garage in the house on the other side of the road. And I missed them, but they were gone, and I didn’t miss them as much as I had the day before, or the day before that, because hoping they would come back really made no sense. It was kind of like missing Grandpa who’d died when I was a little girl. I missed him very much at first, and I cried and wished he hadn’t died, or that he could come back, but he didn’t, and as I got older and smarter I didn’t miss him like I used to. And someday I wouldn’t miss Momma and Daddy so much because Father Kenney and even Momma and Daddy said many times that dead people are alive in Heaven, and they are always watching us, and they live with their friends and their own mommas and daddies, and they aren’t unhappy at all. And they live with Jesus and God his father and the Holy Ghost, and they love them and ask them to help us. I could never understand who the Holy Ghost was, though. He was God, but he was also a bird, and he never said anything to anyone.
I didn’t understand being dead, or Heaven, or especially God who was three gods, but only one god, and that made no sense because I had never met three people who were one person, and so I couldn’t understand it, but I believed it.
I left the ladies room and ran down the hall to the back door. I picked up my black backpack and ran down the alley because I needed to get the bags and tubes and needles back to Jerrick so that we could feed and get water into Lashawna. That is all that really mattered. If I saw Munster or the man or a cloud or a hundred clouds, I didn’t care. I needed to get back to Saint Andrew’s Church.
I forgot about the dream.
Patrick Sean Lee (c)-2012

Monday, October 15, 2012


Hi Melissa!

I must remove myself from my desk in a moment. The client will be waiting, anxious to have their home look beautiful once again.

I wrote 13,000 words last week in Closer To Heaven. That puts me at 17,000. Only 48,000 more to go in three weeks until my knock-out ending :) I will let the story choose the final word count. It may wind up at 62,000, or 60,000. We'll see.

The first few twists in the plot have been revealed; Amelia is growing, but suspension is high. Lashawna is in a deep sleep! Munster is alive!

Off to take my shower!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Hunger Games

Halfway through the book. Should I be surprised that I love it? Why was I so mentally opposed to reading it long ago? My brain works funny. For some reason I associated the name Suzanne Collins with Dallas, lol. No, not the city, the TV series. I admit, I'm sometimes plagued by preconceived prejudices. But Pammy rented the movie about a week ago, and I recall thinking, Okay, I'll give it a shot. I'm tired of writing...At first I was intrigued, and as the movie progressed I was knocked out. How could you not relate to Katniss and Peeta, and fall in love with little Rue? The Games host was perfect! Perfectly cast as well. Every character was, really.
So, I bought the first two books of the series.  The Hunger Games is one of those little gems that once in, you don't want to leave. The downside for me is, I know the plot! Oh well. It's marvelous. So glad to have stumbled into its net. I have no idea what will happen in the second book, but I relish the thought of reading on.