The tomb of the Unknown Soldier
I guess before I get to the winner today I must tell a story. Again I had the pleasure of going to Arlington Cemetery and paying my respects to those who fought so I can put in my two cents in this blog, so I can write my novel, so I can teach kids because it was such a great cut in pay I couldn't resist. When we were there one of the students, who is now a Junior (he made sure I didn't get that wrong, often during our trip to DC), was able to get his picture taken next to the grave of a soldier he wrote his 10th grade research paper on. He had to pick a hero, so he chose Paul Ray Smith who won the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was such a great moment to remember a man as we viewed his gravesite and listened to a high school kid tell his story. This project he absolutely hated led him to the site so others could hear this man's act of courage. God is amazing.
4718 words. That is what I accomplished this morning. The story is just pouring out of me.
Now, on to the two choices I left in your hands. First, thank you to both Robert and Marty for the two choices. Both of them were fantastic. They were Lazarus Rising and Dance with the Seraphim. Robert, who came up with Dance with a Seraphim is someone I once had the pleasure of working with and still is a friend today. Lazarus Rising came from Marty, my college professor that, quite frankly, was there at the beginning of this reemerging desire to be a writer once more and walked me through the stages of fixing run-on sentences and grammar mistakes that my 8th graders don't even make. I remember when I said to him, "I want to write a novel." He answered, "Great, but I do have to tell you that you can't do this in a semester." A warning mixed with a belief that I could do it. Thank you, Marty, for not laughing. At the time my writing was no where near where it is today. He had to know it. And both him and my favorite tree hugging lib of a Professor Peaco Todd (don't worry, she calls me her favorite right wing wack job - it's good we don't need labels to identify each other) that taught me to be a good writer you must read good writing. I know, I know, sounds so simple. It was his encouragement that has taken me this far. It was his encouragement that I share with my own students today, letting them know, because someone believed in me, that there's nothing you cannot accomplish. Nothing.
Now, I realized at the time that I would NOT be able to finish the novel in a semester. But, I didn't plan on it taking seven years! and yet, I must thank you once more, Marty, because you are the winner of the contest and have named my debut novel, Lazarus Rising.
Until next time... God Bless... and thank you to all those who voted. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog - it means the world to me.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Last weekend I got back from a trip to Washington DC. We took 36 students and 8 adults there. It was a blast. For a history nerd like me I think I acted more like a child than the students did! My computer screen cracked while we were there and I ended up writing the blogs each night for school, so I didn't get much writing done on the book. I guess it was meant to be. This week I've been on role - and that's a good think since my plan is to send it off to the editor at the end of the month. That translates into about 3000 words a day. I have been on pace since getting back home. A rewrite is much easier than the original.
My goal today is to start the grand finale for the name of my book. I started writing Part three (final section) of the book and can see pay dirt. My plan is to finish up today's writing in the car on our way to Sioux Falls - I get some much done when Tammy drives. We have to go there to represent our church for the Synod. Yes, we were suckered into doing it again.
So here are the two finalists for the Name My Book Contest:
Dance with the Seraphim
Vote - right now - leave a comment - email me at email@example.com - text me - reread the post that tells about story if needed - but your favorite can't win without your support.
It's totally in your hands... God Bless...
Winner will be announced on next Monday.
Anthony D. Flores loves to spend his summers writing fiction. His strong Christian faith and love for this great country find its way into his fiction. His work is also available on Amazon by Clicking Here.