My Novel: Father Figure (Week 7 – Friday, August 18th, 2017)

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It’s been quite a busy week for this writer. I only worked three days given I took a long weekend getaway beginning Thursday morning. But the great piece of news is that I was able to complete everything I wanted to in those first three days. Without any further ado, I present to you Father Figure’s weekly status:


Status:  Friday, August 18, 2017 – Week #7

  • Chapters 12 thru 15
    • The goal was achieved. I have completed 212 pages and 66K words. The chapters were a little shorter than I expected, but I wrote from pure passion and memory, meaning I did not look at the outline to incorporate specific details I had assigned to each chapter. When I go back to edit next week, I’m confident the chapters will expand.
  • Chapters 16
    • I wrote 1 additional chapter this week that hadn’t been planned. It was a tough one, leading up to a major climax in chapters 17 and 18. Groundwork has been set. Suspense has been generated. Now I need to deliver.

 Next Steps: Plan for Week #8

  • Edit Chapter 12 thru 16 to match tone and voice of earlier chapters, include additional details and check repetition in words or phrases.
    • I will definitely spend a lot of time on this phase next week, as I rushed through the chapters more quickly than I normally would. But I re-read everything once, before signing off for the week, and felt they were still strong.
  • Write chapters 17 thru 22 with a target to end up in total at ~ 275 pages & 85K words.
    • I’ve doubled my work for next week, as I really want a first draft complete by 9/1. I am heading out of town for a family visit over Labor Day, where I will not do any work. I need a few days to decompress from the novel where the words will magically do their work in the background.

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • A writer’s job is to know his or her characters. It’s imperative to connect with each one, whether it’s the protagonist, antagonist or a supporting role. Sometimes it is easy, especially when a writer builds people (s)he already knows into a few of the roles. Sometimes it is difficult when you are writing for a character you have little familiarity with. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but the 4 characters who I am spending the most effort on are all women. They have different age ranges, come from different backgrounds and live in different worlds than I do. I have some research to do. I suggested to someone a place we needed to go from some research next week and got a flat answer of “No. I’m not going there with you.” Quite amusing. Anyone want to dance on the dangerous side with me? 😛
  • I have completely changed my mind on the ending. I’m still battling the question of if this is a series or single book. If it’s a series, I know the ending in this installment. If it’s a single book, I’m gonna need to think a lot more than planned. The depth in three of the characters has made me realize I cannot go with my original plan. Something changed along the way and I want to do something positive to help them. It can’t all be good and it can’t all be bad. Someone has to live with the consequences of a bad decision, right?


How do you feel about the progress? Do you want to hear more about the plot or the characters? Are you curious to read a few chapters? I sent the first two chapters to two friends to read this week and am looking forward to their feedback. Scary but exciting!


Summary of Father Figure (only read if you’re new to the book)

  • Amalia Graeme, sheltered and abused for most her life in Mississippi, longs to escape her difficult family and small hometown in 1984. When her older brother returns with his best friend, Amalia is tempted to have her first experience with a boy that summer. As they head off to college for her first year and his senior year, she begins to learn about life and love, battling her loss of innocence with the attraction she’s developed to an older professor. After she suffers a few personal tragedies, Amalia is forced to head back home, uncertain how to handle the permanent impacts on her life and future. No matter where she turns, someone or something always takes away her possibility of hope.
  • Brianna Porter is desperate to discover the purpose of her life, develop confidence in who she is, accept the consequences of who she has fallen in love with, and discover her father’s identity. Set twenty years in the future in New York City, there’s a connection between these two women’s stories that is about to be discovered. As Brianna stumbles upon her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret about her father, rocked by a truth that could completely change the future. It may be too late to deal with the impacts of unleashing a history that was meant to stay buried for many reasons. When it leads to someone’s death, Brianna must come to terms with the choices she’s made and what is left of her own future.


About Me
I am a writer. I am currently searching for an agent and looking at independent publishing options for my first book, Watching a Glass Shatter. To see more, please check out the website for this novel where you will find the first 3 chapters, character bios and sample quotes.

I am writing my second novel, Father Figure, with plans to finish it in December, 2017. As part of the process to engage with my fans and followers, I am publishing a weekly status on the progress of this second book. For a description of this book, check out the post where my friends and followers voted for this book as my second novel.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


62 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 7 – Friday, August 18th, 2017)

    Abhijith Padmakumar said:
    August 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Awesome post James !! 👍😊

    Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    August 18, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    I said it a few days ago but I will say it again. You’ve blown me away with how much you have done this week, you have been so committed to getting your goals met it is inspiring, in your commitment you’ve given me a huge kick in my butt to almost hit my goals this week (hey at least I set them for a change).
    I absolutely love the idea of a series, with everything I’ve read and we’ve spoken about it just feels right. But…you aren’t quite there yet so you have time to make decisions based on how the writing goes and everything feels.

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    August 18, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Congratulations on all your progress this week! Nice job!

    Liked by 1 person

    TizzyMatic said:
    August 18, 2017 at 4:34 PM

    Wow, wish I was here from the beginning. Very interesting concept, especially with the two time periods and having to do research. Looking forward to next week.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 18, 2017 at 4:45 PM

      I appreciate it. Been a roller coaster. I actually let all my friends on WP pick the book I would write. Had a big poll in June.

      Liked by 1 person

        TizzyMatic said:
        August 18, 2017 at 4:56 PM

        Oh wow. Would’ve participated in something like that if I hadn’t taken a super hiatus, but I digress.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 18, 2017 at 5:06 PM

        Next time! There may be another in December. Lol

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        TizzyMatic said:
        August 18, 2017 at 5:17 PM

        Gotchu 👍

        Liked by 1 person

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    August 18, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Of course I want to read it, but am so excited to see your progress reports! You are my hero!

    Liked by 2 people

    Dani @ Perspective of a Writer said:
    August 18, 2017 at 5:03 PM

    Gotta live with bad choices! Congratulations on meeting your goals!

    Liked by 1 person

    Gayla Stevens said:
    August 18, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    I’m so excited for you. I’ll read a few chapters and other things if you need help.


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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 18, 2017 at 6:22 PM

      Thank you very much. I appreciate that and will let you know. We are heading down to LA for Labor Day.


    delphinethebabbler said:
    August 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Wow wow WOOOWW James! This is so inspiring. A big congratulations to all your writing progress. Your characters sound utterly fascinating – I’m definitely intrigued! 😀

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    inspirationpie said:
    August 18, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Awesome Jay! You are making fantastic progress, congratulations! 🙂 I agree, a little bittersweetness will add so much to the ending. It’s always interesting when your story takes these unexpected twists and turns.


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    Well, I’m impressed! And now I’m feeling like a slug.😒

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    Run Wright said:
    August 18, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Great stats, Jay. All the best for the week ahead – you’ve proven that you can do anything you set your mind to.

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    Roda said:
    August 18, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Research is very important! Give those puppy dog eyes and you will get your way! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    August 19, 2017 at 2:10 AM

    great job for three days work! 👍

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    theintellectualsage said:
    August 19, 2017 at 2:47 AM

    Wow. I absolutely love the plot of your book. Can’t wait for December!

    Liked by 1 person

    melaniemolewriter said:
    August 19, 2017 at 3:35 AM

    Can’t wait to read it 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 7:54 AM

      Cool! I took a break for a few days this weekend, but will be back on it on Monday.


    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    August 19, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    You’re a little bumblebee, aren’t you?

    Check out Creativia Publishing. Might be another option for you.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

      Buzzing all over! Thanks for the heads up. I am actually in contact with them. 🙂


    theGracetyle said:
    August 19, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    I love the suspense in the story! Just read the synopsis and I’m already too excited 😍 Great work. Can’t wait for the book!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 19, 2017 at 10:20 AM

      Wow, thank you very much. I’m really excited to hear that comment. Much appreciated. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

      Liked by 1 person

    RobbyeFaye said:
    August 19, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    WOW! Impressive! Looks like an interesting story!

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    August 19, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Sounds like you’re making good progress, but I’m skipping the summaries. I’d rather wait and buy the published book.

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    Darque Dreamer Reads said:
    August 21, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Keep up the good work! Great progress! I would be interested in hearing what your friends think about the chapters they are reading!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 21, 2017 at 2:28 PM

      Thanks! So far, both liked them. A few suggestions on each, but they seem eager to read more! Maybe I’ll ask if they’d be open to sharing comments on the post!

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        Darque Dreamer Reads said:
        August 21, 2017 at 5:15 PM

        Definitely! I think that would be a fun post to read! Once I start catching up on a few things I would be happy to be a reader if you would like any more input! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM

        I’d love it! Always looking for a few chapters feedback as I get thru an initial round of editing. Thx.

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        Darque Dreamer Reads said:
        August 21, 2017 at 5:34 PM

        Definitely! I’ll keep up with your posting and as soon as I catch up a little I will see if you are at a spot where you can use more feedback. I always want to make sure I can devote my full attention to something like this! ❤

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 21, 2017 at 5:35 PM

        I really appreciate it! 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        Darque Dreamer Reads said:
        August 21, 2017 at 5:35 PM


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