My Novel: Father Figure (Week 10 – Friday, September 8th, 2017)

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Did you ever have one of those weeks where things just don’t go as well as you planned? I finally had one, but it’s totally fine. It was a banner week in terms of becoming an author, but I had to split my time between Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure which meant I didn’t meet all my goals. Four of my five days this week were devoted to a holiday, returning from the short trip to LA and launching the new author website. As a result, I only had one day to work on the new novel, but I am really excited to present Father Figure’s weekly status:

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Status:  Friday, September 8, 2017 – Week #10

  • Round 1 Edit – The First Draft
    • I read thru 75% (285 of 380 pages) and edited them for all grammatical and spelling errors.
    • I marked 10 areas for content removal or reduction.
    • I cleaned up most of the point of view issues.

Next Steps: Plan for Week #11

  • Round 1 Edit – The First Draft
    • Mon – Finish reading remaining 25% and correct grammar and spelling
    • Tues – Finish marking POV issues and content removal options
    • Wed – Fix POV issues
    • Thurs – Update character and setting descriptions throughout whole book
    • Fri – Remove and adjust areas of content change
  • Send first draft to 5 beta readers
  • Prepare for vacation 9/17 thru 10/1 – No work to be done on Father Figure!

What’s on the author’s mind?

  • I am behind this week, but I will finish on schedule next week. And I am excited to begin sharing it with beta readers.
  • I adore ~15 chapters in the middle where even as the author, I’m flipping pages so quickly because the suspense is killing me. Maybe it’s because I know the content, but to see what the characters go through seems really amazing. I feel like I found the right balance of dialogue and description to stop and start the thrills, it makes readers want to dive in. I could be wrong, but I think I might have done quite well in this section.

 

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

  • One young girl’s need to escape the mundane life she’s grown up in and another young girl’s quest to find her father, unaware of all the circumstances they’ve both been placed in due to decisions and actions occurring nearly 20 years ago and that both women have made in the present. How well do you really know your parents? Do they truly understand you? Can you ever truly escape the past?
  • A contemporary fiction novel set in two time periods with two primary characters:
    • 1998 – Amalia Graeme, about to turn 18, attends college, leaving behind a mother with whom she had a difficult relationship. While Amalia has a boyfriend, Carter, she’s secretly attracted to an older professor, Dr. Jonah West. She begins an affair with him and realizes she must come clean to her boyfriend. After she tells the boyfriend, they have a huge fight and she leaves to find Jonah who she thinks can comfort her. Along the path, she’s encounters a stranger who will change her life.
    • 2018 – Brianna Porter, 18, who lives in NYC, is struggling with understanding who she is.  She longs to escape her surroundings and leaves for college in Pennsylvania where she begins dating one of her professors, probably looking for a father figure, as she’s never met her real father. Brianna has always accepted her mother’s story that her father was a military man with whom Molly had a one-night stand and later found herself pregnant with no way to find him. When Brianna uncovers her mother’s old journal, she learns a shocking secret. As Brianna searches for clues to find her father, she stumbles upon a few facts which could completely change the future.

 

About Me
I am a writer. I am have signed a contract for a publisher on 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 and submit it to a publisher in November, 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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.

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28 thoughts on “My Novel: Father Figure (Week 10 – Friday, September 8th, 2017)

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    September 8, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    Great job!!!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 8, 2017 at 8:32 PM

      Thanks. Lite week. But the reread went very well! I feel pretty strong about a good chunk of it. Thought it might mean I like to torture people.

      Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    September 8, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    You’re doing great!! Your bound to have a bad week sometime now that you have gotten that out of the way it will be smooth sailing from here.

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    September 8, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Good luck

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    Noriko said:
    September 8, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Given you were away for a holiday, much work has been done!! Great job 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    thewisegreek said:
    September 8, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    You are goals James! I wish I had the kind of self discipline you have to work on a book. I’ve often tried to start one, but never ended up finishing.

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    Mel Gutiér said:
    September 8, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    I’m still reading, but I had to break because I found this too cute.

    “Did you ever have one of those weeks where things just don’t go as well as you planned? I finally had one…”

    So adorable. It sounds like you were happy about it. Anyway… it made me smile.

    On to read your extraordinary list. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Mel Gutiér said:
    September 8, 2017 at 11:09 PM

    You’re so truly adorable. The precise technicality with which you caress your endeavors, your work! I’m in awe!

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    MoJo said:
    September 8, 2017 at 11:40 PM

    This is so awesome my friend! I can’t wait to buy both of these! I adore your commitment and your work ethic. I need to get back on track, too. Thank you for always inspiring me to do better. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 9, 2017 at 8:02 AM

      You are welcome. And thank you. I appreciate it. I hope you have a good weekend planned.

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    September 9, 2017 at 2:47 AM

    you did well even while being on holiday! 🤗

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    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    September 9, 2017 at 3:10 AM

    A tight schedule but super exciting and wishing you much success and that everything turns out as you hope it will.
    Hey we are on vacation the same time. Have a great one.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 9, 2017 at 8:04 AM

      Fun! Anywhere close?

      Liked by 1 person

        RhapsodyBoheme said:
        September 9, 2017 at 11:32 PM

        Germany…..long long ways from here and by the time I have to get up and reach my Moms house 23 hours will have passed. Phew…..are we there yet comes to mind already.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 9, 2017 at 11:33 PM

        JEALOUS. Yes. You are late already. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        RhapsodyBoheme said:
        September 9, 2017 at 11:43 PM

        I’ll try to bring pictures to share once I’m in the land of wifi again. Lol

        Liked by 1 person

    BrizzleLass said:
    September 9, 2017 at 4:16 AM

    You’ve had a really busy week and though you are a little behind here you have still achieved an awful lot. You’re so motivated and committed to this that you’re going to be just fine.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 9, 2017 at 8:05 AM

      Thank you. I can’t believe the first draft and round of editing will be done in a week…. wow! 🙂

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        BrizzleLass said:
        September 9, 2017 at 9:36 AM

        I can, you’ve been totally committed to this!

        Liked by 1 person

    Elizabeth said:
    September 9, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Very intriguing story! And we all have less productive weeks than we plan from time to time.

    Liked by 1 person

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