Saturday, April 21, 2018

Busy as a bee by Barbara Edwards


I almost forgot to post my blog. This week has been a challenge. I’m researching a new story and plotting the story line. All of a sudden I’m full of energy. The rainy, cold weather isn’t making an impression. I ignored the rain to enjoy the clumps of crocus opening blue and white faces to the sky. the few yellow are far outdone by the others. I even have a hyacinth sneaking out. I love their scent.


So back to my story. Lucky for me its in an era I’m familiar with, northern New England. how can I forget the covered bridge, the granite quarry, the mountains covered with color or green of every shade.

The older towns have beautiful mansions from a time when the factory owners lorded over the right side of the tracks.

I’m thinking about what to name my story. What goes with spice? Herbs sounds a little hard. I can see my hero, know my heroine and what each wants. Certainly not each other at this point.

So I’m spending the next couple months in the green mountains of Vermont with a deadline of July first.

I’ll probably be sharing parts of my story as I run into problems with the plot. 
Did you know that there are scattered family cemeteries on many of the old farms?

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12 comments:

Jannine Gallant said...

The planning stages of a book are always so much fun. Enjoy the process, Barbara!

Rolynn Anderson said...

So NOT linear is the conception part of a story. Let those ideas flow on, Barb!

Leah St. James said...

New England is lovely, and the fall especially so. (We don't get the fall foliage down here in southern Virginia like we did up north.) Great setting. Your description of the old mansions reminds me of parts of Scranton, PA, where coal was once a booming industry. You see these giant old Victorian-era houses with wrap-around porches, renovated into apartments. But there's a street, too, filled with shack-like structures where those at the bottom lived. It's quite a disparity. (Not that we don't have that economic range today, too.) And of course Newport, Rhode Island...talk about mansions! Enjoy your plotting and planning!

Andrea Downing said...

So many old towns have those mansions once built in a boom era of industry or, as in the case of Cheyenne WY, for cattle barons and the like. Thanks for the trip down memory lane; I attended college in New England so know the area fairly well. And good luck with book.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks, Jannine. I am.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Rolynn,
I keep taking notes of ideas as they pop up. I don't want to forget a detail.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Leah,
It is beautiful with plenty of interest. we're going to camp there again soon.

Barbara Edwards said...

Hi Andrea,
One of the pleasures of driving in New England is the mixture of homes. The old factories speak of a time when the place bustled with industry. Not so long ago since I remember the factory whistles.



Brenda Whiteside said...

I used to hate the planning part, always in a hurry to get it down. I've learned with experience to immerse myself in the planning and let the story come to more naturally. Sounds like you have a beautiful spot to work. Good luck.

Diane Burton said...

As always, I love your pictures, Barb. I love the time while a story is percolating. Usually it's when I should be working on another story. I don't do much research before writing--more like researching on the fly. LOL We each have our own way of writing. Best wishes on your newest WIP.

Margo Hoornstra said...

Beautiful pictures. And so much potential there for your story. Enjoy this part of the process. And, FINALLY, what promises to be warmer weather in the very near future.

RE Mullins said...

I need to get in the habit of jotting down ideas for new books when I have them. Excellent advice.