A Writer's Journey

January 7, 2013

Update on “The Conference House”

Filed under: journey,The Conference House,writing — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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I refuse to classify this as “hopelessly stalled” like “Through the Mists.” So I’m just going to call it “on the backburner.” Once again, I’m still focused on “The Wedding Game.” But I will complete “The Conference House.” It’s a labor of love.

But I don’t know how much I want to include. I always figured the Conference would be the climax, but there is so much more! The kidnappings of Billopp occurred after the Staten Island Peace Conference. I know some historical fiction authors have taken liberties before, but do I want to? The kidnappings would be interesting to note.

However, ending with the Staten Island Peace Conference makes sense. I always intended to make it about 50,000 words so only writing three months fills that.

I always have this argument. And I’ll probably continue having it—coming to the same conclusion each time—until I finish the novel. Maybe until I even submit it for publishing. Heck, I’ll probably never stop having this argument.

As for other “Pearl of the Atlantic” news…In case I forgot to mention, that’s the name I’ve given the series “The Conference House” is a part of. I’m still trying to figure out some of the other years I wish to cover. I know the last year will be 1964, when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened and life on Staten Island changed. I also know I want to include the time when the rich and famous came to summer on the Island. And something with the Underground Railroad.  I also want to tackle the Irish immigrant experience, just not sure I want to do it early in the 1800s (and include St. Elizabeth Ann Seton) or around 1850 (and include the construction of my church).

Decisions, decisions.


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