OK, as I said, I peeked. I believe that there’s a saying that those who peek through keyholes never see what they want to see. A critical review of my draft showed that there were parts from which living individuals could be identified. Apart from a breach of GDPR that kind of thing doesn’t make for lasting friendships or relationships.
The first thing I thought was, “Perhaps I could simply prune those bits out”. Further examination suggested that such action would cause mortal damage to the patient and unfillable gaps. Do you see a possible link with today’s featured photo?
I shot this image in December 2016 with my now defunct Pentax K50, using an 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens at 37.5 mm and f/11. The ISO was 400 and the shutter speed was 1/400 seconds. The photograph is of the Mersey Gateway crossing from Widnes to Runcorn as it was in the early stages of construction.
After due deliberation, as they say, I decided to start again – almost from the beginning. I’ve retained the names of a few of the previous characters – though they’ve aged a bit, and their relationships are different. I’ve also kept the fictional town of Codmanton and its geography. Other than that, the plot is totally different. I’ve produced new timelines to check that they will have aged correctly – not suddenly appearing to be ten years older or similar. I then constructed a chapter timeline to lay down who gets married to whom and when; at what age children are born; and a skeleton of their academic and career progress. The chart ends with who divorces whom and when. All that I need to do now is to add 40,000 words or more of flesh, muscle and bone to to the skeleton, so as to create something worth reading. At close of play today, I am 2,000 words into the creation stage of the game. Once written and proofread, it will then be for others to judge its readability.