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The Hensel House — Chapter One

Chapter One

          Standing in front of Grandma’s pride and joy, it was the spring of 1875, six months after receiving the letter from Mr. Martinez, and what he had described in his letter was true. The life blood that once traveled through The Hensel House had drained out onto the dusty road beneath my feet. Nothing resembled the tintypes Grandma had sent when she first arrived in California a decade earlier. Now it was up to me to restore and run the once treasured landmark. I silently vowed, as I stood outside the door, to do whatever I had to do to make her proud. Exhausted and overwhelmed from my journey, I felt my knees begin to buckle. As I reached out for the door to steady me, I was surprised when the door easily pushed open. When my eyes finally adjusted to the darkness inside, the shadows of what I saw made me shiver. I reached out in front of me, searching for something to grab onto.

“Mrs. Hensel?”

To be continued….Stay tuned!

As I began my book writing journey last night……

The thought occurred to me that maybe you, my loyal followers and readers, would like to read my book as I go through the process. If so, would you answer the poll below?

I look forward to hearing from you regarding the poll and your joining me along the journey. I also welcome constructive criticism and any ideas to improve the storyline as I go along.

I remain your faithful blogger and friend! 😀

“Bethie”

I Ask For Your Forgiveness

This evening it was brought to my attention by one of my blog followers that it had been over a month since I had last posted. I could be glib and say that time flies when you’re having fun, while that would in part be true, I really have no excuse except to say that I’ve been selfish, wrapped up in my life, and forgot about you my loyal readers and followers, and that pains me greatly. So I ask your forgiveness, and hopefully, I can forgive myself for this transgression, and get back to the business at hand of inspiring, entertaining, and sharing my life with you. So, can we wipe the slate clean and move on? I hope so.

When last I wrote, I was in the midst of getting your opinions of the first lines of my novel to present to James Patterson for his critique. Well, the critique process has come and gone, and yours truly did not get picked to have Mr. Patterson critique my work. Yes, I buried my head in the sand for a few days, wondering what I could have done to capture his attention, and then I thought, “you dummy, you’re being taught by a master writer.” Time to dust myself off, square my shoulders, and press on for the next opportunity to get a critique.

I’ve been reading as many writing reference books that I can get my hands on. Yes, I’ve even sneaked in some pleasure reading along the way, too! More later on that subject. I have solidified where my book begins, its progression, and its resolution, as well as its cast of characters. No, I haven’t written a formal outline…still resisting that one. But eventually I’m sure I will have to break down and do it. NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) will begin in November, so I’m hopeful that I will have enough material ready to hit the ground running and get the novel written and finished in the month of November.

On my health, I continue to make progress in my recovery.  I see the specialist one week from today, so I ask for your prayers that he will declare me healed, and discharge me from his care so that this long ordeal can be put behind me, and move on to bigger and greater adventures.

Lastly, if you’ve followed my blog since it’s beginning, you’ll recall a blog post about my doctor and friend, Dr. Francis K. Moll, Jr. We had been corresponding via mail very regularly, and then his letters suddenly stopped. I attributed this to summer vacation visiting his children and grandchildren. At the end of July, a  long-awaited letter arrived with news that stopped me dead in my tracks.  In May, my dear friend was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I headed back to Google to learn all I could about this disease, and then wrote him a very long letter. And so the waiting begins again, watching the mailbox for a letter. Please pray for him and his family. If only I could jump on a plane and fly to his side to be there with him, I would but that’s not possible. So for the foreseeable future, my sole focus will be to write this book, bind it in some way, and send it to him for his birthday in November.  Maybe that will help me stay focused so I don’t sit here in California, wishing I was in Georgia holding his hand, and willing him to survive.

Well friends, that’s about all I have to share tonight. Oh, one more thing, have you heard about this new hobby for adults — adult coloring books? Yep, I got bitten by the bug! I always loved coloring as a little girl, and I’m finding it calming. Thinking I might send some of my creations to the good doctor to cheer him up.

Until next time (I promise it won’t be a month between posts)  …. “Bethie”

 

And the novel continues…..Friday Feature–“Let’s Talk Books”

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, my apologies for not posting to my blog in the last five weeks. My health continues to improve daily and my next, and hopefully last appointment, with the specialist is on July 20th.

Now for the good stuff…. the progress on my novel….

The title has changed from “Bethie’s Place” to “The Hensel House”. It’s still set in the Old West (circa Civil War era) and the story revolves around a dilapidated boarding house that has been bequeathed to the main character from her grandmother.

Now dear friends, I need your help. I’m torn between these two versions as the opening of my novel. Please let me know which one grabs you to want to read more.

Version 1: The boarding house had fallen into disrepair, and looked nothing like the tintypes her grandmother had sent her many years ago. The life blood that once traveled through The Hensel House had drained out onto the dusty road beneath her feet.

Version 2: Grandma was gone. It was as if the boarding house had died along with her.

Love and blessings to you all!

“Bethie”

 

And the novel begins…..

Okay everyone, I know you’ve been waiting to read what I’ve accomplished today, which was more than what I had anticipated (yeah me! — lol) but I decided to hold back a lot of it, in hopes that you’ll want to read more. So what I’m sharing is the opening sentence, a tenative title, and a setting. So without further ado:

First Sentence:
Nothing was the way she remembered.  When her eyes  adjusted to the dark, what she saw made her shiver.

The “working title” is Bethie’s Place. I’m thinking either diner,  restaurant, or boarding house in the Old West as the setting.

Please let me know your inital impressions. 😀

I’m off to write for a couple hours — time to do the dreaded outline!

Love to write. Making a plan/outline? Not so much!!

MasterClass

Dear friends, on 5/21/15 I signed up for an online course called MasterClass. It is a course in novel writing, taught via video by best-selling author James Patterson. As you can imagine, I’m excited, and part of my first assignment is to share on social media my commitment to writing 500 words per day, and to ask friends to hold me accountable and if you should desire to further help me along this endeavor, to provide feedback as my project progresses.

For those of you who read my Friday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books”, I will be shifting its focus to sharing what I’ve written each week and asking for your feedback, criticism, and ideas to make the book better along the way.  It’s because of you, that I’ve decided to take this leap of faith and I hope you’ll join me.

Blessings, “Bethie”

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