"Beyond the Castle on the Hill"
Journal Entry #4
"Beyond the Castle on the Hill"
Journal Entry #3
I need your help. I'm looking for a unique and eye-catching book cover for my new book, which will be available this summer 2017.
Which book cover is your favorite?
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Journal Entry - Stardate 1110.16
The outline for all of the chapters has been sorted out. Time to put more meat on the bones of the story. I’m trying not to write too much but I’ve come to terms with having to chop the head off of some ideas. Not everything written will support the premise of the chapters. The important thing is to first get it all down on paper (or in the computer).
Characters tend to take on a life of their own during the creative process and my job a writer is to help keep them in line. I’ve decided to expand on the roles of Phillip and Grace. Their new “responsibilities” gives me more license to justify the decisions that the main characters (Dora and Ethan) are making. In addition, my newest characters (haven’t given them all definite names yet) are leading the cast from the first book, Castle on the Hill: Secrets, down surprising and unexpected paths.
Revisiting the area of my old school (High School of Music & Art, which in the book is the Dimensional Arts High School) is always a thrill. The surrounding college (City College of N.Y.) and the inhabitants of the neighborhood are playing a much larger role this time around.
The ghostly entities have returned and are playing a more essential part in the story. I didn’t know how complex the historical belief in ghosts was until I began to write this second book and I've dealt with this subject matter extensively on my EndlessPerceptions.com website. Fear of the unknown, tends to make us pay more attention to our surroundings. That's a good thing, right? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen anyway?
About a year ago, the constant reminiscing that I was doing about my old high school, slowly evolved into a sci-fi novella, which I titled Castle on the Hill: Secrets. Prior to writing the story, I rolled up my sleeves and dove headlong into the school's history. (The process was so enjoyable, that I even built a website dedicated to the school and called it My Castle Treasures). Regardless of the fact that Castle on the Hill: Secrets was set in the year 2067, I made certain that the backstory was firmly rooted in fact so that the characters and situations could spring forth from real surroundings.
It was always my intention to write a sequel to the mysteries of the Dimensional Arts High School and the time has finally arrived for me to get serious about it. This time around, I've decided to share my creative processes, which is why I've started this weekly blog.
I've gone through a lot of variations but the best working title for the story, so far, is Beyond the Castle on the Hill. If anyone can suggest a better one, please let me know.
The new story begins five years after the ending of the first book and there is now a crew of interesting new characters in addition to the regulars from the Castle. I think readers will be surprised (if not shocked) by the changes that have occurred in the lead character's relationships.
After some sleepless nights, I've written the first four chapters. The re-writes have driven me crazy but the characters and I have survived (so far). It's been really tough "killing off some of my babies" but I'm pleasantly pleased with the finished product (for now, anyway).
Besides the basic premise, which is written next to the video below, the general storyline involves immortality, racial prejudice and an extreme case of neighborhood gentrification. That's all that I can share on these subjects for now.
All comments or suggestions are welcome. See you in about a week.