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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rootless Branch Title Change and Haiku

I have not yet begun the writing of Rootless Branch. I planned to begin yesterday but life interrupted me. 

My philosophy has been, for a few years now, not to let anything, except the direst of circumstances, get in the way of my writing--to place my writing on the front burner and let other things simmer in the background. 



Normally, even minor illnesses do not keep me from writing. Headache--keep going; arthritic pain--change position but keep writing; backache--grab the heating pad and keep writing.

It's so easy, at least for me, to let minor aches and pains keep me from accomplishing the things I need to. So, for the most part, I ignore them. For the last couple of weeks I've had a severe cold/sinus infection/(perhaps) bronchitis/crud. And I'm still struggling to recover. Physically I feel better but my mind hasn't decided that I feel well enough to dive into a book. 

As I mentioned the other day, I like to plan my story by dividing it into three sections. To simplify, I call these sections the beginning, the middle, and the end. (Profound, I know!) Once I put pen to paper (in actuality, fingers to keyboard), I strive to finish the entire section (say the beginning) in a writing sprint that usually lasts about a week, sometimes more depending on the final book length. So although I might feel well enough today, I suppose I fear I don't have the stamina to finish the entire section. Usually this first draft is 15,000 to 20,000 words. For this new series, I prefer keeping the first draft of each section under 15,000 words. I tend to write the exciting parts. leaving out description and transitional scenes on the first go round. Fewer words allows me to go back and flesh out the scenes and add new scenes where needed. 

We have been having rainy, dreary days for a while now. The sun is supposed to put in an appearance today and perhaps I'll feel better mentally.

Another thing I've been contemplating is the title of the book. "Rootless" sounds too much like "ruthless" to my ears. Perhaps it would be best for book 2 to be re-titled Grafted Branch and book 3 will stay Broken Branch. These first three books will make up one complete story, A Tree's Response, when I'm finished. 

This is a dilemma for me because I know readers see the book with a certain title and later the title changes, confusing them. I don't want to create confusion. I do a good enough job confusing myself! So now a change in title means a new book cover for book 2. Look for it soon--perhaps today.

I'm playing Haiku catch-up today. 

Day 8:
Sanitized to death.
For fear of death wash and scrub
Till nothing is left.

Day 9:
Hold in, hold on to
Unholdable scarlet wine.
Hold to nothingness.

Day 10:
Dragon breathes upon 
The night, warming the marrow 
of aching dull bones.



5:47 pm--Here's the cover for my work-in-progress with the new title, Grafted Branch





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