You may be disappointed to see that my post (chapter sixteen, page one) is missing today. My deepest apologies. Here is where the rubber meets the road folks. I have mentioned in a past blog (here and here) some of the struggles I've had in attempting this little adventure. Well, here is another. No journey is complete without bumps and bruises.
Typically when I receive a story and begin to write it, I don't worry too much about the things that don't make any sense to me. I only focus on writing it down. Often there are scenes or tidbits of information that I can not explain as I 'm writing. (Remember I see these stories in my mind as a movie. I, like you, only see the part that is in front of me. I have to travel through the story chronologically in order to find the ending. And often there are these little items that I cannot account for or justify to the story while I'm writing it. Never failing though, God always provides a solution by the end.
When I am finished writing the story, I can go back and edit those loose ends. The amazing thing is most of
them turn out to be small woven pieces of theme that I could not see what they were connected to until I was finished. However even though they fit and finally make sense where they are, I still have to tidy them up and make the connections more complete. (Because they were unplanned connections ... see?)
I will give you one example right from our current story. If you remember back to the first chapter, there is a scene in the airport washroom. Cathie meets an over-friendly woman who insists on Cathie fixing her appearance. As I wrote the story elements down I kept thinking her instance on lipstick was over the top. I rewrote the scene a couple times but in the end only felt peace about leaving it in. I desperately hoped that you as a reader would skim over it and soon forget about it. Did you?
I only realized the importance of her lipstick a few days ago when I went back and made revisions (on my copy - not on line). The lipstick is paramount to the dress, which both are important to an experience Cathie has once she returns home. (Opps - spolier!) I had a private moment of thankful praise to God that He "insisted" I put the lipstick in even if I thought I shouldn't.
For about a month I have been struggling with one scene. I could not get past it no matter what I tried. That scene would be today's post. It is so closely linked to the ending; I know that much. However I can not get it to make sense. My hope is that it will once the ending is written but we are still a long way off of that. So due to the fact that I will not be able to edit it I am choosing not to print it on line at all. Sorry. There is no peace in my heart with this scene so I must trust that God has a purpose for it that I am missing.
I do have a few regrets about the story you've read so far. I allowed pride to make my choices for me in several occasions and we all know what happens to the prideful - I have regretted those decisions.
I left out information earlier because I felt too rushed to research it fully. So I decided it was more important to me what the readers thought about my story writing abilities than it mattered about what was on my heart. I do not want to make that mistake again.
So, I will give you a brief explanation of the missing scene and we will move on to a very exciting chapter. Our plot is about to swing on us here, so I think once you start reading past this point you will forget all about my omission. (I hope!)
Thank you for understanding. I appreciate every one of you, readers and visitors - even if I don't know who you are. This writing adventure is a very personal thing to me and I probably would have kept it that way for a long time. However what good is a story that helps people understand their walk with God if nobody reads it. (Wise words from a DLF - dear little friend!)
Here we go!