I”m feeling a bit odd today.
I just put the last period on the last line of my manuscript for my novel Ladies, Fish, & Gentlemen.
Sixteen year old Ana Carina Lezama de Urinza steps ashore in what will become South Carolina with her older brother Pedro who has come to claim his patrimony after the death of their father Don Pablo Lezama.
The novel is set in an alternative history where many things and events will be familiar, and yet many are not. The port where the siblings land is located where Charleston would be today. Instead of the confluence of mighty rivers as we know them, an ancient city constructed by unknown architects sits atop a high bluff above the harbor.
Ana’s Journal November 16th 1560
Sighted the “Lighthouse” at Los Cristobal just before dawn today. Pedro came and woke me from a dead sleep. The volcano was beautiful and terrifying as it threw a fountain of sparks and steam into the sky. Capitan Gutierrez told me that the rising tide fills holes in the island and the steam cloud is caused by the seawater meeting the lava in the caldera. Ships used the fountain at night or the plume during the day to find the harbor.
Many people from the Old World have made their home in this city on the hill. As two teenagers prepare themselves for life in the New World, old loyalties are not easily forgotten, and the city is rife with Renaissance intrigue.
“Great literature is not written, it is rewritten”
I don’t know who said it (wrote it?), but it is the great truth in this craft. Now that the draft novel has been written, it is time for the age-old process of editing, rewriting, and preparing the manuscript for presentation to prospective literary agents.
(If anyone knows an agent…hint, hint)
Fortunately, I have a group of enthusiastic Beta Readers to help me get this book into shape. These brave souls have been amazing and I can never thank them enough.
I have to get this done because the sequel is already gnawing at me.