Posts tagged ‘writers bench’

Finished First Draft of “Isis” – first of Red Mirror series

Sandra celebrates finishing 1st draft of Isis in the Red Mirror Series with husband Jesper and Garden Dude David Georgi at writers bench

Yesterday afternoon was a first in my life. I had finished the Egyptian part of my novel on Saturday: plot strings tied up, emotionally satisfying ending.

Isis was set to go back to Las Vegas and I had this panic that I wouldn’t be able to do it – to finish the book.

I needed to get several characters to the right place, set everyone up for the next book, and leave the reader feeling good.

Over dinner my husband and I discussed the men characters as they are incarnated in Las Vegas.

Thanks to his suggestions, I fleshed them out solidly in my mind.  They became real.

I let them germinate on Sunday, played around with some scenes and dialogue, and had Easter dinner with friends. Then Monday, April 5, I sat down and put them in the scenes I had envisioned and let them go at it. By 5:00 pm I finished.

99,539 words – 6 weeks

Isis ended up with a different guy than I intended, but she made her choice.  And there’ s always the next book and the next visit to the past to get another.

I actually cried. It was crazy, but I just had to cry. It was the emotional release of childbirth. No kidding, it was that profound.

My husband and I went for a walk along the ocean and then up to our local cafe for fish tacos and a Corona. They have a Taco Hour special, everything 2 bucks.

Then I put on my Egyptian wig (check out photo) and we cracked a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with our neighbors Carol and David, who have lived Isis with me. David and I meet at the writers bench almost every sunset.

Joy, great joy is the best description I can give.

April 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm 4 comments

The Writers Bench or How I attune to the Universe

The Writers Bench photo by Carol Georgi

This is where I watch the sunset.  Most days my neighbor David is already there with his evening cocktail in a urine sample bottle (he likes to be discrete). We have  rousing discussions on writing and the environment (not connected subjects.)

My husband Jesper joins us just as the sun is setting.  He’s a publisher with an engineer mind and doesn’t like to waste time.

David’s wife Carol is our local nature photographer; she chronicles the impacts of development and rising ocean levels on the ocean and wildlife.

As you can see by the photo, she also records the beautiful sunset that the Universe provides almost every evening.  (It does rain in California some years.)

Carol contributes  to my other blog sandraoffthestrip.com in the series “Carol’s Critters of the Sea.”

March 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment


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