Wednesday morning, while trying to figure out what to write for this blog, I played on Facebook and did a bit of work with our Word By Word Blog that has undergone a re-do. I may write about that next week. But when I stared at the blank page, I realized I should bring you up to date on my Work in Progress, otherwise known as WIP.
To begin with the title has undergone several name changes. It started off as SANTA AND THE BALLOT BOX. The book is set in New Hampshire, but when I did some research I discovered the election to the Board of Selectmen has to happen in November and not December when I originally wanted it. I should’ve realized that to begin with, but oh, well. Since last fall when I began this book, it’s been under the SANTA AND THE BALLOT BOX TITLE. That’s how it’s saved on my computer.
Toward the end of the first rough draft a couple of months ago, I realized there was a whole bunch in this story about compromising. So I settled on THE COMPROMISE.
I lived with that for a bit as I started doing my word search where I go through the whole book 75 different times looking for my favorite overused words and phrases. For instance, the word “so.” I’d used it 197 times in an almost 70 K book. By the time I went through looking for that highlighted word, I eliminated and changed words to end up using it only 56 times. It’s all those times we say, “I’m so hungry.” That “so” is not needed. The ones I left were in situations like: “So what did you decide to do?” or “So not okay to go there.” Using so this way is also okay. “I’d like to take you for a cup of coffee or tea so we can discuss our different perspectives.” You get the idea.
Anyway it was while going through that tedious, but necessary process which I’ve only begun, when I realized I didn’t have just one compromise, but a number of them. So now. Drum Roll, please…..The title is:
Unless I change it to Saving the Green. And I probably need a secondary title. ??? BTW here’s the blurb, which I just wrote. Did things totally out of order on this book. 🙂 Feedback would be appreciated.
Widowed, shop keeper, and transplanted Texan Jessica Allen fights to protect the green in the New Hampshire town of Tidbury, settled by her husband’s family. She’s angry to learn the developers plan to use Worley Construction, a company she holds responsible for her husband’s death. When a member of the board of selectmen is murdered, family and friends encourage Jessica to run for the seat. Will threats force her to compromise her principles?
Developer Jeff Hudson wants to build a retirement center on the village green despite Jessica’s opposition. He believes he can convince her there’s room for the center and all the town’s activities. But has he partnered with an unsafe builder? How much money will he lose if he breaks the contract to please Jessica? Will Jessica’s position on the board of selectmen cause a conflict of interest and keep them apart? Is it too late for Jeff and Jessica to find love the second time around? And will more people have to die?