THE HARD PART

Got up this morning to minus 31 Celsius.  Had to hustle out to the road with my garbage for the pickup.  Stoked up the wood fire.

This week I spent time devising parameters for my book cover, and giving direction to the graphic artist.  I know what I want but I don’t have the expertise with graphic software.

And I spent time with a cartographer (They call ’em GIS specialists nowadays) to order maps for the novel.  Earlier I had spent countless hours debating with myself about whether I should go with maps for a novel.  But since landscape is a character in this story, I decided to go for it (them).

Two days ago I opened a copy of “Prester John”, by John Buchan.  I had acquired this library discard copy some time ago because I remembered I had studied it when I was a high school student, and I had liked the action and the characters and the landscape.  (Which are elements of the kind of novel that I admire and wish to emulate.)  I wanted to review how he handled them.

And the frontispiece is . . . a map.

So I am simply advancing a great literary tradition.

I have also devoted hours to compiling questions for the Ontario Provincial Police, and this week I interviewed an OPP detective.   My novel, “The Beardmore Relics”, features the OPP assisting the civilian protagonist to solve crimes (Yeah, you heard that right).  I needed to verify a few things about how real detectives operate, because up till now, I’ve been winging it. 

Conclusion – I’ve been amazingly accurate.  Just a bit of tweaking to do.

By the end of next week, I should be finished my vetting and rewriting.

Vetting and rewriting.  That’s the hard part.

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About EJ Lavoie

Writer and independent publisher with website www.WhiskyJackPublishing.ca
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