Tuesday, October 19, 2010

At least it's the right season to be revising a ghostly mystery

My ghostly Maine photo.
I haven't had an abundance of time to work on revisions due to my kids being home from school for conferences, a birthday party with thirteen children in my house, and a sick daughter, but when I have sat down to work, I've been fiddling with the mystery aspect of Blackbirds.  I love books with satisfying twists and don't want to deliver anything less with my own work, but it's been a challenge trying to figure out how to make my ending as surprising and fulfilling and possible.  Some new ideas have popped into my head this week, and hopefully they're leading me down the right path.

At least October is the perfect time to be writing about ghosts and dark mysteries.  I've been scaring myself by watching shows like Ghost Adventures late at night and listening to Kristen Lawrence's Halloween Carols in the car with my kids.  Here's a video for a song of Kristen's I've been using to get myself into the Blackbirds zone.  It's called Dark Glass, and the chorus is absolutely beautiful and dreamlike.


Ara Burklund said...

Good luck with the revisions, Cathy! I know it seems like a neverending process, but it'll be worth it when you're finished. : )

Cat Winters said...

Thanks, Ara. I made some progress over the past two days and feel a little better about the mystery elements. I've had a sick kid home since Tuesday, so I'm not quite sure how I made progress, but it's somehow coming along.