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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chapter 21 - Bury the Hatchet in Dead Mule Swamp

Bury the Hatchet in Dead Mule Swamp
Things seem to be coming together in my head to make this book flow, but it's really hard to make blocks of time to write with two jobs. It's a dilemma!

Nevertheless, I've managed to produce a new chapter for each meeting of the West Side Gang writers' group, and I'm up to Chapter 21.

Almost at 35,000 words for the MS.

I've got a satisfactory number of confusing threads going on in the story, and if I can pull them all together at the end, this should be a good read. Let's hope you all agree, when I actually produce the entire book!

In Chapter 21, we learn more of the details of an infamous local crime from a newspaper article saved by the meticulous curator, Cora Baker.

Here's an excerpt from the Cherry Hill Herald in Chapter 21:
    Only six weeks later, on October 8th, appearing to shop as usual at Volger’s, after Nora had paid for a few sewing notions, Heinrich Volger demanded to inspect her basket which was lined with a gingham cloth. Beneath the cloth he found a set of fine linen napkins, a tin of tooth powder, sheet music for I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, and several handfuls of loose horehound candies. He valued the items at a total of $6.87. “Those napkins were made by Mrs. Ethel Radcliffe, and were worth a dollar a piece,” Volger explained to the Herald. “That’s what made it so dang provoking. Ethel don’t make those fine linens for the store, but once in a while.”

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2 comments:

The Furry Gnome said...

Joan:

I just noticed all your other blogs a few days ago, and started exploring. I'm not quite finished, but have read much of Shark Bytes and Tails. I'm really impressed and interested. I'm trying to do more writing myself, so your example is inspiring. I'll be ordering your book too. I do feel for you when you mention working two jobs and such, but your commitment to writing also shines through. I've now starting reading about your quality days from the start. Hope you're having one of those good days today!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Thanks, Gnome! Actually, I'm frustrated because I want to write- have the itch, even, but have to go out and do assignments. Sigh.