Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reaching the End

I'm working on the final climax and ending of my first book. This is really exciting and yet scary. I've come so far. Will I screw it up now? Will I try too hard and then the ending will be flat and boring? 

I've been in a slump lately, but I took the week off from my day job and it did wonders for my writing! I also met with a critique partner and that helped focus me on how and when to end my book (because it will be a series). Now, I know what I have to do to birth this baby (OK, that is extreme).

I'm feeling ambitious tonight, so I am going to give myself a challenge. My goal is to get the first draft of The Library Chronicles: The Guardians done by summer's end! Whew! I posted that..for the world to see. Hold me to it! It's going to be an interesting summer.

I'll leave you with this rough excerpt from my book. This portion takes place in the library.

One evening, Emily sat at Mr. Blankard’s office desk, reordering the words, trying to make sense of them, when she heard a loud clunk upstairs, followed by a quick movement.  Whatever or whoever it was was heading downstairs.  She grabbed the only weapon at her disposal, a long black umbrella.  Most of the library lights were off so she could hardly see, but someone was running down the stairs.  Emily saw the intruder first and smashed the umbrella upside his head.  He howled and grabbed his left ear. Emily screamed.

“Mr. Blankard?”

“What are you doing here?” they both yelled in unison.

Mr. Blankard yanked the umbrella from Emily and quickly strode into his office and began to grab the books.

Emily was speechless for a moment.  Mr. Blankard had been gone for two weeks. Where had he been? How did he get upstairs? What was going on?

Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day, my friends!


  1. You are so close!! You can do it! Endings can be daunting, but it will all work out. ^_^

    I'm very intrigued by your excerpts. I want to know more about them and I love that Emily was totally defending herself. :D

  2. Laura and Shelly, Thank you so much for your encouragement!

  3. OUCH! Girls can be really scary.
    I admire your tenacity, I couldn't write a book, I just write about everyday life and my take on it.
    God bless your writing, may it bring hours of entertainment to millions, Geoff.

  4. Geoff, So true!

    Thank you for the blessing on my book. Wouldn't that be wonderful--to entertain so many? Blessings to you too.

  5. Ooh, intriguing! Congrats on coming close to the end! So exciting!!

  6. Ali, Thank you! It is very exciting. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. Love the umbrella, for obvious reasons...
    How exciting to be so close to ending your first novel! Looks like you will be having a very exciting summer!

  8. Umbrellalady, Just so no one hits you with your own, huh?! Yes, one fun summer!


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