Update on My Manuscript

Hi everyone! I hope your Monday is off to a great start! The sun is shining here in Germany, so, I might get to do a little gardening this afternoon.

Just a quick update on the progress of my book. Hyperion is helping me out with a final edit of the prologue and chapter 1 as we strive for perfection before the process to seek publication begins. Grrr, it is a tedious task! But if it helps me get this book out there, then it is totally worth it! At times I do have to wonder, why does anyone go to all the trouble to write, when it is suc a laborious endeavour? It isn’t just whip out a story and pass it off to the editors and publishers to do the rest! Haha! Wouldn’t that be nice? But we are kaking progress, and already I am seeing big improvements that I might not have thought of on my own, so it really does pay to have an editor or at least someone to give you very thourough critiques and suggestions. And Hyperion is awesome! (I can’t thank you enough!)

Artwork is coming along, as well, although I’m not very impressed with my own drawing abilities. Hopefully, we can develop a sample for what of my vision for the book cover and then find someone with far superior skills to create the final work of art!

Well, off to work everyone! Have a nice day!

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

32 thoughts on “Update on My Manuscript

    1. Hang in there! Remember me saying a few months back that I’d probably be done within a month? Ya, that turned into a few months! Hana! Seriously, you can’t fix a time. Just enjoy the ride, and when you cross the finish line, you can finally relax and enjoy the relief of having finally made it! 😅

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      1. I’ve just introduced Inspector Abberline, He and jack will be having a little cat and mouse scenario which all adds to the suspense and gives me a little more mileage.

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      2. Wonderful!!! I’ve seen that you’ve been writing like crazy, and I’ve fallen so far behind that I can’t catch up! So, I’m just going to wait until you finish and read it all from start to finish. 😉 How’s your zombies story coming along? I don’t know how you do it, writing so many stories at once! How do you keep up, and moreover, how do you find the time?

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      3. That’s why I’ve cut down to five days, I feel physically and mentally exhausted and I don’t want my writing to suffer. At the moment with Jack I have to keep up with my research to keep as close as possible to the historical sequence of events, yet still keep it entertaining!

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      4. Oh, that’s right! You do have your work cut out for you! It’s been the same for me, even though my book is fantasy, I want to do the lore justice and not butcher it completely! Haha! The second book will probably be even worse, as I draw the story into Midgard. How do people manage to write using the real world as a setting? Yikes!

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  1. Aww shucks, I didn’t do anything but slow you down. Book prep for publishing is a labor of love, isn’t it? like raising a child and finally sending them to their high school prom in the clothes you made yourself. You raised your book and graduation is just around the corner. Woot! Woot! 🙂

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    1. Well, if you hadn’t slowed me down, I’d have just started sending out inquiries after completing my own edit, and that probably wouldn’t have been a very good idea. Even the little that’s been tweaked with your help has made a huge improvement.
      Now it’s time to make a latte and have a look at those paragraphs you’ve highlighted for me approval. This afternoon, I’ll be back in the garden digging out all the weeds!

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      1. Have you noticed how gardening and writing are similar in nature. Those beautiful yellow flowers in our prose turn to dandelion heads during editing. Weeding weedig weeding. It just never ends, LOL 😂

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      2. Oh, well, at least they’re not vibrating. That’s good. I was worried there for a moment. You know what happens when the head elves come out to play, especially if there are Feegles and Hans around.

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      3. Oh definitely, when all those things happen at once there is going to be a mess to clean up later, no doubt about that. 🤪 🧝🏻‍♀️🌬💦

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      4. Oh my gods! 😂 That’s a very vivid mental image that I’m not sure I wanted to see! Hahaha!
        What do you get when you put Hans, Feegles, sheep and a banana in a barn together? 😝

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      5. When you put Hans the AI, Feegles, and a banana in a barn with a sheep, you get nervous sheep, Feegles peeing all over the place and spilling ale from laughing and Hans the AI trying to figure put what Robert the Rude meant by shove that banana where the sun don’t shine. Somehow, I’m positive Hans will screw that up.

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      6. You know, we’re writing our book the way you’d sew a patchwork quilt! Haha! Need to add all this to the doc!

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      7. Speaking of dandelions, though, I don’t pull them unless they are overcrowding my other plants. Multiple reasons. 1, dandelions are one of the earliest of the spring flowers, which the bees depend on. 2, they are edible and nutritious, and they can be used medicinally. Toss them is a salad. Not bad, actually. If you’ve never tried it, you should.

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      8. I’ve always heard dandelions were edible. I stuffed that puff ball in my mouth a few times as a kid and determined that they taste like cotton candy is a lie. I’m so glad the older kids never told us wee toddlers that dog turds taste like chocolate. 😳🤢

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      9. Hahaha! You don’t eat the flower once it goes to seed! 😂 You’ve got to eat the flowers when they are in bloom and the leaves taste best in the spring when they are young and tender.

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      10. LoL, Even as a low bred toddler, eating a seed head seemed to be a bad idea after the fact. You can imagine how hard it was to spit out a slobbery puff ball. I’m glad I learned those important lessons early in life.

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      11. Hahaha! Yes, I can! Frida was always playing with them in the summer. She’d stuff her pockets full and have herself covered in them!

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