Now, I know that I’ve moaned a great deal about writer’s block and trying to figure out what to do with my two novels that aren’t published. And...I certainly was delighted in my decision to combine the two works because I relished the task of making it happen without the project reading like I’d shoved two novels together because I had nothing better to do with them. A part of me really liked the challenge and can see how threading the two novels could work hence, my work morphed into currents of change.
Here is my positioning….
When Nonosbawsut, a First Nation Chief, is murdered by a party of white faces—his hope for peace and for the survival of his Beothuk people dies with him in the snow; fast forward a190 years…will it be too late for Kawi, a Sea Gypsy who fights a battle much like Nonosbawsut—to save her soul, and culture, from extinction?
What does a Beothuk Chief who was murdered in March 1819, by the furriers have in common with Kawi a Sea Gypsy whose family was eaten by the 2004 tsunami? More than you might think…as we move through the currents of time history continues to be unkind—be it the desolate shores of Newfoundland, Canada or the exotic Andaman Sea off the coast of Myanmar—the hands of humanity continue to tighten its grasp and twist apart those who are different rather than embrace them. Time is closing in on Kawi and her sea people can she succeed where Nonosbawsut was not able too?
You can see how that could work right?! I can. I ACTUALLY really, really like it. But… there was something that wasn’t sitting quite right with this decision and although, I had ideas about how to make it happen—I was struggling. Fortunately, before investing any more time in ironing out the kinks, I had a fantastic conversation with a dear friend (the same one who I previously blogged out spending an evening with in TO and after our visit I was on the Go-Train heading north and was so engrossed in the novel Indian Horse rather than ending up at my stop—I went full circle and landed back at Union Station! ahhhhh).
Anyway, sorry I digressed. One of my reasons for combining the novels was I believed that because the tsunami happened in 2004, my novel was no longer relevant. Her response was, “And how many novels have you read about WW2?” OMG! YEEESSSSS. Thank you. I don’t know why I didn’t get it. Hellooo historical fiction is a popular genre isn't it?!
I figured...this conversation, combined with the notion…why don’t I just ask my characters what I should do would help to clarify if I was heading in the right direction. Sooooo, I asked my characters if they wanted me to write about them together or separately. And, then I waited for them to answer me—anticipating that this answer would be delivered by both of them--at the same time. I waited, and I waited some more,—expectations can be dangerous.
When I finally woke up, I became aware that the answer had already come and it kept coming. I was seeing turtles everywhere…one day, it was an article on the net about 300 endangered turtles being caught in an illegal fishing net off the southern coast of Mexico. Another day, it was a raid in Spain where police broke up the largest illegal turtle farm. And yet another...one morning, when I was logging into my computer the feature photo was a close-up of a turtle swimming in the ocean.
I can appreciate why you might wonder how on earth turtles would be relevant to my question. Well….they are very relevant indeed because for Kawi and her people, the turtle is symbolic to their culture--they view themselves similar to turtles in that they too straddle the land and water. Ta da!!! I had my answer, it just came to me a little different than I had anticipated. Thank you.
The good news is that of late, I have been working on Tears from the Sea and I am happy to report I AM FINALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK. It feels right. As for my lovely Nonosbawsut…I will be back for him and I look forward to finessing his story too—please be patient with me Nonosbawsut.
Have you ever successfully combined two novels?
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