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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp - Chapter 26

cover for Paddy Plays in Dead Mule Swamp cover design by Farah Evers
At first, this chapter wasn't coming together. But I thought about it for a few days, and slowly the scenario came to me that made perfect sense to come up next.

It's now written out, and I'm still thinking it works pretty well. Because this story line is less linear than the one in News from Dead Mule Swamp, there are side issues that need to be dealt with. They seem extraneous to me, because I know where the story is going. However, I know the reader will not know the final outcome at this point. All the threads have to be followed.

I think the next few chapters are all set in my head.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 26:
    “She was younger than I am. Not much, but it always seems like a lot when you are in school. She would sometimes tell me that she dreamed of having a pretty flower bed, or decorating a bedroom in pink for you two. As it was, you were lucky to have a bed instead of a mattress on the floor.”
    Star’s face was stony. “We’re not stupid little kids, you know. We’ve heard a lot of things this week. Talk about drug dealing. Why would we have to sleep on the floor if Mom had lots of drug money?”
    Paula took a breath. “OK,” she said. “I’ll be honest. You are old enough to hear the truth. But none of what I said was a lie. Not at all. Your mom loved you very much."
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Golden Eagle said...

I love it when things fall into place like that. It's great to see things coming together well. :)

Intriguing excerpt!

Thank you for coming by my blog.

Glynis Peters said...

If writing was easy, I would have been bored and given up by now. The things that challenge certainly keep us focused!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Golden Eagle- Thank you for your visit. Sometimes we just have to struggle a bit!

Glynis- It's like a puzzle... what makes sense to have happened next?