I'm really excited to be on the downward side of my rewrites for The Garden. I have one more chapter that will take some serious tweaks, then the next two are filling in and brushing up what is already there. Some information will move around to make the story flow easier for the reader, but the overall context will remain the same.
It's exciting to have worked so hard on this book and finally see the story come together.
This novel has been such a learning experience for me on so many levels. The story is told in first person:
A night bird cried a sublime song in the garden beyond my window. In the distance, a guard called the watch. Otherwise, the palace slept while I, Solomon, third king of all Israel, lay dying with only an angel at my side.
And third person:
Vicente’s hand lashed out, his palm struck Guillermo’s cheek as if he was an errant child. Guillermo didn’t think about the ramifications of his actions. He swung the bottle. It cracked against the royal señor’s helm. A satisfying jolt traveled up his arm. The stunned expression on Vicente’s face and the roar of the approval from the surrounding men drowned Guillermo’s doubts. Damn the consequences.
The plot isn't complicated, but it is intricate, more so than I've ever attempted to write. Last week it all came together very nicely.
So I'm off to work again. Stay tuned, there are some exciting events coming up these last two weeks of July. I'll keep you posted.