I’ve been waiting a very long time to say this. Parlor City Paradise is done! I finished it just last week. And now that I’ve shared that glorious news, I must offer the following disclaimer. I still have one hell of a lot of work to do. Yes, I do have a completed manuscript and the total word count is somewhere in the neighborhood of 140,000. As it happens, that’s pretty much exactly what I was shooting for so I’m very happy about that. However, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer before you can rush out to buy the book.
I’ve been told that, when you finally have that first draft, it’s best to set it aside for a few weeks before you do anything else. I can tell you right now that I won’t be able to wait that long. I took a few days to refresh and recharge, and now the dreaded revisions begin. Honestly, though, unlike a lot of other authors, I actually enjoy the editing process. I don’t know why but I’d rather fix a broken story than come up with a new one on my own. That’s not to suggest my latest creation is broken. I think it’s pretty good, but I also know there’s plenty of room for improvement. I’ll also need to fill in some detail and that will involve a few field trips. Among other things, I need to go to the local YMCA and check out the accommodations. Thanks to the Village People, I already know “You can get yourself clean. You can have a good meal. You can do whatever you feel…” but I need to find out what else the facility has to offer. Oh, and I’ll have to stop by Uncle Tony’s pub. The sacrifices I’ll make in the name of literature….
I don’t expect the first round of revisions to take terribly long. That’s the plus side to progressing so slowly in the first place. What I end up with is in a fairly polished form already. I should be able to get through a couple chapters a day. Even if it takes a bit longer, I definitely plan on being done by Christmas. Would any eager beta readers like a slick new manuscript under the tree this year? If so, I know just who you can talk to.
Of course, Parlor City Paradise isn’t the only thing I have going. I’ve been making some minor modifications to the michaelsova.com website and will continue to work on that. I also keep moving my 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food cookbook ever closer to the front of the stove. I started posting Football Flashbacks way back in Week 1 and you’ll get a new one every week for the remainder of the 2015 NFL season. Again, I’d love to hear from you so please speak up if you have any questions or comments. This latest flashback is from Week 2 of the 2009 season. As was the case a week ago, the topic of discussion is once again the Detroit lions. I don’t mean to single them out. They’ve just been bad for a really long time.
Does everyone remember Charles Rogers? Drafted by the Lions in 2003, he was the first in a string of super stud wide receivers that were going to bring the mojo back to the Motor City. Uh, not quite. Broken collarbone in ’03. Broken collarbone in ’04. Drug suspension in ’05. He was addicted to prescription painkillers. Gee, I wonder how that happened. Rogers has been out of the league since ’06 but he’s made good use of his time. He’s been in rehab. He’s been in domestic disputes. He’s been in jail. No worries, though. Rogers said he was going to clean up his act and return to the NFL. A return to rehab seems much more likely. Last Wednesday, he was arrested for drunken driving and operating a vehicle without a license. At least the police didn’t have any problem catching him. He was found “non-responsive” behind the wheel of his 2003 Mercedes. He was in the left-hand turn lane with the vehicle in gear and the engine running. Out cold, Rogers did not respond to requests to open the locked doors. Fire officials were forced to gain entry through the sun roof. He won’t need that car again for a while anyway. Incidentally, the Lions have now lost 19 straight.
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