I am so very grateful for the scriptures. In Gospel Doctrine class we are right in the middle of some of the best chapters of the Book of Mormon. The Savior’s visit to the Americas, or rather the record of it, it absolutely wonderful. It is simple, inspiring, and life changing. I know the Book of Mormon is true . . . with all of my heart.
On another note, I am feeling better about the editing of my manuscript. As I have gotten further into the story, I have found fewer and fewer problems with it. Perhaps I will get this thing done yet.
Thanks to all of you wonderful authors and publishers who have blogsites. I just could not imagine trying to figure out this whole writing/publishing thing without them. What in the world did we ever do without Google and Blogs?
I am getting closer to the end of my manuscript cleanup. Danyelle Ferguson did a great job with her editing of it. She made so many suggestions, however, that it has taken me two months to fix all of the things she found. I have about 2 more weeks to go, I am guessing. It is not as if the manuscript was terrible. I blame the clumsy first drafts on the fact that I have not been in an english writing class for over 22 years. This has been a great experience. I look forward to the next one being so much easier.
Another thing I thought I would do: I want to post my first stab at a “teaser” for the book. I will be tweaking this a little bit for my query letters, but the general idea of it will probably remain. Let me know what you think.
To be honest with you, I have actually struggled with “genre” on this. After much research, I think it would land in the “Christian Fantasy” section in on-line bookstores, and perhaps just the “Fantasy” section of brick-and-mortar stores. I may be wrong though.
What is the book about? Think Old-Testament on a distant planet.
Here is the teaser:
Under the twin blue suns, Azure and Aqua, war rages between the tribes of Gideon, Daniel, and Uzzah. Jonathan son of Samuel, the last living Heir to the Throne of Daniel, finds himself staging an opportunistic rescue of his childhood friend Eli, Uzzahite Warrior and a Temple Priest, from a small band of Gideonite soldiers. After the swift skirmish has ended, a young Gideonite soldier by the name of Pekah joins Jonathan in the cause of the Tribe of Daniel, and discovers the truth about the true motives of the Gideonite Emperor. Pekah’s eyes are opened, and he becomes the instrument by which the Three Brothers are united once again. Jonathan, Eli, and Pekah, with the help of some very wise Gideonite soldiers, work together to keep General Rezon of Gideon from accomplishing his evil designs — the total annihilation of the other two tribes. As peace returns to their lands, Pekah finds himself a changed man, and with a new found love by his side, they watch together as the promised sign of a special birth appears in the heavens above Gan. Worlds away, “The One Who Would Suffer” has been born.
One last item . . . I think I need to get involved in a writer’s group, but I don’t want to wait until the LDSStorymaker’s conference next spring to meet people. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!