before and after

So it’s not all grandkids and sneaking off to my cabin around here (or sneaking off to Kentucky or having guests from Kenya staying at my house)! I’ve actually be doing some writing.

You know about the various mutations of the story I’ve called “Spring Fever.” I — once again — think it is finished, and I’ve got a good first draft of another story: “Deadfall.”

I’ve pretty much decided that these two stories, comprising more than 7,000 words together, are going to be added to One-Match Fire, to bracket what had been the second-to-last story, “Little Gray Birds.” I fought this idea for a long time since these two were intended to be part of the sequel, Nature Always Wins. But the more I worked on them, the more I could see how they were tied to the events and themes in One-Match Fire. They fit nicely there, though once again “Little Gray Birds” needs some work. I had adjusted it to accommodate “Spring Fever” but now that I’ve decided “Deadfall” will follow it, I need to adjust it further.

And then I need to do a read through of the entire novel since the addition of those two stories more or less compromises the narrator I had been writing from. Now I don’t know who is narrating the stories, and I’ve always thought that you ought to know your narrator at least as well as your characters, even if the narrator does not appear in the story. It’s more a way for me to keep control of the tone and voice than anything else, and now I have to come up with something. (Half the tale is in the telling!)

As for Nature Always Wins, I’ve written four stories for it. The two I mention above, another called “Fire Sermon,” which has been published, and the fourth, called “Forest Succession,” which I’m shopping around. I have a clear idea for a fifth story in that collection (hint: it involves running a marathon). But even if I write that, I don’t know if there really is enuf further material to achieve the critical mass of a novel. Still, One-Match Fire began as a one-off about a cabin in the woods, and look where it went.

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