Thursday, March 10, 2011

I thought it was about time I gave you an update on my Catlin's novel, just in case you thought I'd given up or left the country.

A scene from chapter two:
 Cargill monument in Custom House Sq. Dunedin
To be honest it is going slow: chapter three almost finished. Quite a bit of research has been going on too. As I get further in to the story my MC, Amelia, is becoming more life-like. Yesterday she stood up for herself and showed her iron will. I was suitably impressed! Theodore, however, is still a bit of an enigma.  Glimpses of him emerge and then he hides again, which makes him a mysterious sort of man. It suits him well.

One minor character who has leapt off the page is in fact a real historic character. I don't know much about her, just that she and her husband ran the Crown Hotel in the 1880s in Dunedin and that she was a wonderful cook and a well liked hostess. I've never written a 'real' character before and I'm thoroughly enjoying embellishing what I know and making her a fully rounded person. She has been just what Amelia needed to get her through the first 'crisis' of the story.

On the home front, life just seems to get busier. Teenagers are such social folk and my life tends to revolve around taxi duty, cooking and washing. They are a really helpful bunch and attend to their chores regularly, but I still wish I could divide myself in 2, 3, or maybe 4!!  JT could sit at her desk all day and all the other Sue clones could deal to the mundane. Oh well, dreams are free.


  1. Lol. Great post Sue. I think we all need at least 2 clones to deal with the boring stuff that clutters up life. Character building, that's what it is all about... or so they tell us.

    Can't wait to read chapter three!

  2. Haha! Glad you haven't left the country or given up! Story is still brewing, a good sign.

  3. Joanne - the story is brewing faster than I can get it written down. Sometimes I'd like superpowers!

  4. Life! Why does it get in the way of our writing! ;) just joking. That's cool that you're writing historical fiction but it does require a lot of research.