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Couplet FIRST DRAFT

Free stock photo of beach, holiday, vacation, armI continued the first draft of a new story called Couplet.

The story is based on a poem with the same title I wrote years ago. I decided the piece didn’t work as a poem and had the potential to be something much bigger so am using it as the springboard for a short story

Couplet is about a woman who’s in a long-term relationship and feels very happy. She reflects on her life when she was single, comparing it to her life now. Her view of her life as a singleton is father cynical.

The story uses a first-person narrator.

The story is split into sections, alternating between the present and the past.

I wrote the fifth section, set in the present. This section is set in the past and deals with the main character being single. They go to the same bar every night and see the same faces. They drink too much. They go home alone most of the time. They occasionally take someone who never stays. They have grown tired of this life.

I have one section left to write.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I continued the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 13. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

This section will deal with three main events split across six seven chapters:

  • Jena grows more dependent on Jeff as her nightmares, headaches, dizzy spells and blackouts continue
  • Jena feels obligated to Jeff and goes to bed with him
  • Jeff is furious when Jena reveals he was a mercy fuck and she loves Greg

 

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Editing Poems & Short Stories

Free stock photo of creative, macbook pro, notebook, workingI continued to edit poems and short stories I’ve written over the past few weeks.

There are over 30 pieces left to edit.

Some of the pieces to edit include poems for my sequence 20 Signs Things Are NOT Okay and the haiku and hay(na)ku I wrote during my recent challenge

I edited a few poems. Only a few needed changes, very minor tweaks. The other poems were fine.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I continued the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 12. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

This section will deal with three main events split across sixchapters:

  • The bodies of Greg’s teenage children are found in the woods
  • Greg and his ex-wife are distraught and blame Jena for their loss, believing the murders were a direct result of him becoming intimate with Jena
  • Jena goes to the funeral of Greg’s daughters only to have a run in with his ex-wife

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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The Ballad Of Sarah Rose NEW VERSION

Brown Tree in the ForestI continued the new version of my crime novel, The Ballad of Sarah Rose.

There is a lot of work to be done.

I edited three chapters.

In these chapters, Ronnie calls her other children and tells them their baby sister hasn’t come and the police are on their way. They all agree to come over.

Her daughter, Jena, is in an abusive relationship and tries to cover up signs of a beating the night before.

Her son, Owen is about to have a second child with his wife, Saffron.

Her other daughter, Helena, who is Jena’s twin is in denial that her relationship with her lover Libby is falling apart.

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Into The Darkest Places, Planning CHAPTER PLAN

I continued pre-writing my new novel, Into The Darkest Places.

I continued the final stage, writing the chapter plan.

The novel will be split into sections. The sections are numbered. I may decide on a title at a later date.

I wrote the chapter plan for section 11. I’ve stopped using Scrivner. I’ve decided it’s not that impressive so I’m just sticking to what I know.

This section will deal with four main events split across five chapters:

  • Greg comes to Jena’s rescue when she has a dizzy turn when they’re alone and they end up in bed
  • Jena and Greg’s love-making is watched by a shadowy figure, filled with rage
  • Greg’s teenage daughters are abducted from outside their school
  • Greg misses the frantic calls from his daughter’s school and ex-wife because he’s making love to Jena

Things are moving rapidly along and are about to get a whole lot darker.

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It’s Fine, I Get It NEW POEM

Red RoseI understand what’s going
on. I really do. You don’t
need to explain yourself to me.

I know you’re only pretending
because you don’t want to upset her.
She’s pregnant and vulnerable
right now. Since I told her about us.

know you don’t love her
anymore. You’ve told me as
much every time we were together.
You promised you’d leave her
and we’d start a new life.

I can wait for you. I’m patient.

I know this is a test.

You didn’t mean those awful
things you said. I’m not
a fucking nut job or a psycho bitch.
How could you say those things?
I just have a lot of feelings.

It’s okay that you hit me. I know
you didn’t mean it. It kind
of felt nice. I want you to hit me again.

You still love me. I know
you do. We’re meant to be.

I know you’ll come back to me.

I don’t understand why you
won’t return my phone
calls. What did I do wrong?

Copyright © 2016 by Pamela Scott

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When We Were In Love NEW POEM

2 People Sitting With View of Yellow Flowers during DaytimeThe best day was the
Sunday we tried to
make chocolate cake.

Do you remember how
messy it was? There was
more flour on us and the
walls than in the cake.
You rubbed egg into my
hair. We chased each other
like lovesick teenagers.

Do you remember how happy
we used to be?

Do you think of those times
at all?

You had me backed into a
corner, tickled me until I
couldn’t breathe.

When you kissed me, your
mouth tasted of chocolate.
I got chocolate all over
my hands and face.
You sucked every drop off.

You told me you loved me for the first time.

Copyright © 2016 by Pamela Scott

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A Feast Of Scraps READY TO PUBLISH

art, color, colorfulSo I made a big step today.

My first book, a collection of poems and stories called A Feast of Scraps is ready to publish.

I used Canva to create the cover and selected an image from Pexels for the cover photo.

Smashwords have a free style guide you can download and a free ebook template. I read the Style Guide a while ago. I used the template to help format the ebook, cutting out instructions and updating links. It was straight forward.

I saved the file as a Web Page then uploaded it to Calibre, a great free resource for managing and converting ebooks. I uploaded my cover which I downloaded from Canva and converted it to an Epub and Mobi file.

It looks really good so far. I’ve sent the mobile file to my kindle so I can read over it and get a feel for it.

Unless I decide to make any tweaks the book is good to go as soon as I have my tax code.

I’m really excited now.

 

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The Ballad Of Sarah Rose NEW VERSION

Brown Tree in the ForestSo it turns out that my debut crime novel isn’t quite ready even though I’ve sent it to a few publishers and agents.

I was having a look through my files and had a read over the final draft and realised I wasn’t happy.

I’ve decided to make some major changes.

The novel uses multiple third person viewpoints to tell the story.

I decided to change the narrators to multiple first person narrators because this will have more emotional impact.

To stop reader’s from getting confused each chapter heading with make it clear who the narrator is (i.e. Ronnie, 2 May 2014 or Jena, 2 May 2014).

I also realised the opening chapter isn’t strong enough to start the novel and cut it, starting with the second chapter when Ronnie, the mother wakes up and realises her daughter hasn’t come home.

At least I know why it’s been rejected.

I edited the first chapter. The mother wakes up in the middle of the night and discovers her daughter hasn’t come home.