Three Quotations In Three Days: Day 2

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero

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I am a lover of books. I read them, study them, teach them, own them, and now write them. Books are a central part of my life, and I own more books than most people do, and I am delighted that I have them.  But, I am not  a collector–these are for reading and for use. I do not care about first editions or the monetary value of books.  I care about them as objects to be held, felt, and read.

And I feel most at home in any room if it has books. They do not have to be organized, but they should be there.

And yes, I will always prefer the physical copy of a book over an ebook. That is a post for another day!

My nominees for today because I interpret the rules as meaning nominate 3 new bloggers each day of the challenge:

Yinglan https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com

M. C. Tuggle http://mctuggle.com/

Kas https://afellowzebra.wordpress.com/

The Rules:

1.) Once a day for the next three days, choose a quotation, and write a little about it.

2.) Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their site.

3.) Nominate 3 other bloggers for the challenge, and let them know about it.

And thank you to Zanthee https://tasmatron.wordpress.com , who nominated me and who writes an excellent blog.  Please take the time to check out her blog, and thank you so much for the nomination, Zanthee!

 

 

Evil Lives After—Submitted to Publisher!

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I have returned from a productive visit to the local post office.

I sent my manuscript to a publisher the old-fashioned way this afternoon, in a mailing envelope, complete with cover letter and self-addressed, stamped envelope. There are still some publishers that accept non-solicited manuscripts from writers without agents, and that describes my writing situation!

It is exciting to send it into the hands of an editor. I have put it through 7 drafts, so it is time for more feedback, and perhaps—acceptance. But that is now out of my hands. It is time to breathe deeply and to continue with the other writing projects.

Tomorrow I will continue with working on the 3rd draft of my second novel and composing the 1st draft of my third novel.

For now though, I have submitted Evil Lives After, a supernatural thriller, to a publisher!

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Roosevelt Franklin–Anglophile–from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I by Charles F. French

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Roosevelt Franklin, the protagonist of my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I is a self-admitted anglophile. While a proud American with a very American name who loves his country, he is drawn to the manners and customs of England and the British Isles.

He embraces courtesy and dignity, but he despises snobbery and bigotry. He was raised in a very wealthy family, and he rejects their view that people in the classes below them are intended to serve as underlings. He loves British customs, but he abhors the rigid class system of that culture. He is more comfortable with his friends from varying backgrounds than he is enduring an evening of cocktails with his family, most of whom he has distanced himself from.

Roosevelt loves old-fashioned, hand tailored British wool suits. He feels the most at ease when he wears them. “They may look old-fashioned, but that is completely appropriate, because I am very old-fashioned,” he would say about the appearance of his attire.

He insists on showing courtesy, not as an act of thoughtless and forced behavior, but as a conscious attempt to provide a touch of civility in a decidedly uncivil world. He still handwrites thank you notes for any gifts or kindnesses he has received. “Using pen and paper shows more consideration than simply typing a note on the computer screen.” He definitely is not a fan of the contemporary so-called connected age.

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Roosevelt’s favorite authors are also British and have stood the test of time: Shakespeare and Chaucer. “To read Shakespeare is to glean what it means to be human,” was one of his favorite sayings about the Bard.

And one of his favorite meals was a traditional British style breakfast, complete, with tea or coffee, toast and jam, eggs, and rashers of bacon and sausage.  In the evening, an after dinner relaxation was drinking several fingers of excellent single malt Scotch Whisky and having a fine cigar.

For travel, no place in the world rivaled London for Roosevelt. It was simply the City to him. In his very American soul also resided an old-fashioned British gentleman.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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Finished With the Latest Revision!

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It is late on Wednesday evening, and I have completed the revision of my supernatural thriller Evil Lives After.  This is now the seventh draft of this novel.  While I am under no illusions that more work will not be needed if it is picked up by an agent or a publishing house, I hope it is at least in a good condition for submission.

I will speak more about what I am going to do for future query letters and submissions, but I have finished this task.

This means tomorrow I return to writing the first draft of my third novel.

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Roosevelt Franklin, Book Lover

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This entry is one of several posts I will write about some of the characters in my first novel. I hope you enjoy it.

The protagonist of my supernatural horror thriller Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I is a retired History professor, living in Bethberg, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a deeply complex man, influenced by, among other things, his service in the Vietnam War and the profound and loving marriage with his now deceased wife.

Roosevelt has several deep enjoyments in life—eating, drinking good whisky, especially single malt Scotch, and smoking high level cigars, but his primary passion in life is books. A visitor to his home would notice, more than anything else, the enormous number of bookcases lining many of the walls in his house. Roosevelt’s home is an old Victorian home that he and his wife Sarah had purchased and renovated shortly after their marriage.

While she did have a large room dedicated to being her art studio, an avocation she loved, even while being a surgeon, and Roosevelt had a large room that was his studio, smoking room and library, other rooms also were filled with books of many kinds and conditions. Roosevelt, although a man of financial means, is not a book collector. He believes that books should be read and not simply owned to be put on display. He thinks that the words in a piece are what make the book important, not a fine leather cover or being a first edition. He places worth on the ideas, the stories, the tales, the histories, and the communications in books and not their potential monetary value.

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At one point, he tried to make a calculated estimate of how many books he owned, but he decided it was an almost impossible task, so he stopped the tally when he reached 4000. And no matter how many books he owns, he seems to always find more to buy. Again, he is not a snob when it comes to the owning of books. His snobbery emerges when it comes to whiskey and cigars.

More on that later.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

ebook

Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

Maledicus:Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

My radio interview:

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Still On Track

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It is the end of the week, and I am on pace with where I hoped to be with the current revision of Evil Lives After. I am now 3/4 of the way through the novel. This revision is aimed mainly at editing and small mistakes, which I keep finding. I thought I had eliminated them, but I have found quite a few. I hope that when I am finished with this draft, those mistakes will be gone.

I am under no illusion that the book will not need more revisions; if it is accepted by an editor or publisher, I am sure more work will need to be done, but that is revision I will be looking forward to happily.

My goal for this week is to complete this revision and submit this book both to a few publishers that are accepting un-agented manuscripts and to send more query letters to agents. Then I will return to writing the 1st draft of my 3rd novel.

I was also thinking that in future posts I would give bits of information about the main characters in Evil Lives After. I have a question for those who are reading this: would you like to hear about these characters? Please let me know.

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Revisions, Submissions, and Drafts—Oh My!

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It has been a wild and whirling period of writing. I finished a draft of an academic article, submitted it to a journal, and have been working on a seventh draft of my first novel Evil Lives After. In doing this, the writing of the first draft of my third novel has been postponed for a week or two. I will, however, resume that composing very soon, and I still expect to have a first draft done by late spring.

I have continued the process of submitting query letters to agents for Evil Lives After, and I have received nice rejections of the work. I decided to give it another read; it has been a while since I had looked at the text, and I realized that I could tighten it considerably, so I am doing that now, and I hope to have this draft complete in one to two weeks. I am approximately ¼ of the way through this draft.

I have also found a few publishers who will accept un-agented (is that a real word?) manuscripts, so I will probably send the novel to them also. I continue to hope for both acceptance by an agent and  publication, of course, but constructive criticism would also be very helpful.

So, back to the revision I go!

 

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Printed Copies of My Dissertation

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My hard bound copies of my dissertation finally arrived. While I had finished the work and graduated with a Ph.D. in English Literature in May of 2014, I had not received any printed copies of the work. Dissertations and Master’s Theses are published through ProQuest, but that is completely online as part of ProQuest’s online database.  If a writer desires to have a physical text of his/her writing, it must be ordered.

It gives me great satisfaction to see my work, From the Political to the Personal:
Interrogation, Imprisonment, and Sanction In the Prison Drama of Seamus Byrne and Brendan
Behan, bound and printed. While this is an academic writing that is unlikely to be read by many people, it still is the culmination of many years of research and writing.

I am working on using a portion of the dissertation as the basis for a scholarly text, and that is just one of the various writing projects in which I am currently engaged. I will report later in the year on my progress on this effort. I hope to have at least two chapters completed by the end of the summer.

I will keep you informed.