About the Novel
As the title implies, this sequel details the further adventures of Mildred Susanne Parker. She thought surely she’d seen it all, but gets a big surprise all the same. And it launches her on a new path of discovery.
Plus we catch up with what is happening in the lives of some of the other characters. And it’s quite a lot. They are on their own amazing paths of discovery.
This book also has wry humor and a bit of suspense. It will have all the things that make the first book great. I’m having a ball writing it and I’m anxious to see how it all turns out. Will Millie prevail this time? I sure hope so.
Posted February 5, 2020
The sequel is still sitting fallow. I got so caught up with “The Alien Visitation Chronicle” that I just sort of let the sequel lie.
Letting something sit around for a while like that hasn’t hurt it in the past. In fact, it helps me with the proof reading. Having not looked at it in a while makes it more likely I’ll actually read the words instead of skimming over them.
I anticipate finishing Chronicle by the end of this month. Then I will have to get serious about working on the sequel to Millie.
Posted January 2, 2020
I feel that I am just about ready to begin re-rereading what I’ve written so far. It’s a lot of pages and I hate the editing and proofing, but it has to be done. I’m still not certain I will see what Bernd saw that needed fixing, but I’m going to give it my best shot. That’s all I ever do. It’s all I can do.
Posted December 18, 2019
Sometimes I feel as if I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Nothing seems to make sense and I’ve no idea where I am, where I’m going or even where I’ve been. Doesn’t take much to push me over the edge either. Apparently.
I have not worked significantly on the sequel since Bernd made those first few comments about it (see the previous post, it follows this one). I got a bit angry, I’ll admit it, and slammed out a few changes that I hoped would fix things up. Then I started re-rereading the dang thing and found I had no real desire to do that at this time.
So I have been working on “The Alien Visitation Chronicle” (TAVC) instead. Bernd has read that also and pronounced it a lot of fun and too short. So I’ve divided it into Part One and I am working on the Part Two.
What I have discovered is that I am taking the whole thing about the sequel to “Millie’s Adventures in Time” way to seriously. I have it in my head that it has to be this masterpiece of literary fiction. It has to dazzle and amaze and all that crap. Whereas, with TAVC, it was never meant to be serious. It was meant to be silly and cliche and over-the-top. So I’m having a ball writing the stories for Part Two.
Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe after a bit of this, I’ll be ready to look at “Millie’s Further Adventures in Time” again. Maybe I’ll have a better attitude about it. Maybe I’ll have a fresher eye. Maybe I’ll see what Bernd saw and it will all be clear what I have to do in order to make it work. Maybe.
Posted December 9, 2019
My husband, Bernd, recently started reading the sequel to “Millie’s Adventures in Time.” At least what I have written of it so far, which is actually quite a bit; something close to 80,000 words. Bernd is a good person to read the sequel because his memory for what he has read is not really all that great. So he’d forgotten … well I won’t say much, but he’d forgotten quite a bit about the first novel. In his defense, he remembers what he hears with an uncanny precision. He can quote dialogue from DVDs like you wouldn’t believe.
Here’s approximately how our first conversation about it went. And he hadn’t even read more than about 25 pages.
Bernd, with a questioning note in his voice: “Sweetie, did you mean this to be a stand-alone or part of a real series?”
Me, a little tightly: “I meant it to be a sequel but also able to stand alone.”
Me, a little more tightly: “What’s that mean?”
Bernd, with some uncertainty in his voice: “Well, there are parts that might need more explaining.”
Me, finally walked into the living room and looked directly at him: “Yeah. Like what?” I wasn’t being adversarial. Really. Okay, maybe a little.
He went on to explain. He had some good points. But I can’t say that I wasn’t a bit disappointed and frustrated. I thought I had done a good job of getting enough from the first book into the second for it to make sense. Hopefully without it being pedantically boring to anyone who had read the first novel. And as I said, he’d only read about 25 pages. If there were that many problems so early on, well, I was looking at a major rewrite. As we went further along in our discussion, he also mentioned a couple of places where Millie said something he thought was out of character. Hoo boy.
I’ve read from some authors that they think your first draft should just get it down. If it’s a dirty, muddled mess then you will fix it in the second draft. By the fifth draft, you have a finished and finely polished piece of prose.
I don’t work that way. I don’t really expect to get it “right” the first time around. But I also don’t expect to have to do any kind of major rewrite. Usually, my final draft isn’t that far off from the first. Maybe that’s a total error on my part. I guess I will know more once I get some feedback from the couple people I know who have purchased the first novel.
In any case, over the next few days I will re-reread the sequel and see what I might change to make it less confusing. I guess it can never hurt to have a good look at it often. Maybe I’ll find typos I missed the first time around. That’s about as positive as I can feel about it right now.
Posted December 7, 2019
I had suspended working on the sequel to “Millie’s Adventures in Time” while I was getting said title published. It took longer than I thought to accomplish that once I decided to go forward with it and drop the search for an agent. So recently, I reread everything that I had written so far on “Millie’s Further Adventures in Time.” I was somewhat amazed at how much I had already written and I made a discovery.
I had completely forgotten that I was trying out a different way of writing the sequel from how I had written the first novel. The first one was written rather doggedly, one chapter after the other. I had to frequently go back and reread previous chapters to remind myself what a certain character had done or said on a particular topic, or just what had transpired before I could move on.
For the sequel, I was trying a different tactic. I set up a number of plot lines, gave them titles to help with saving them and retrieving them and then started writing. I’d write several chapters about certain characters and certain elements of the plot until I came to a point of no more inspiration at that time. Then I would move onto a different plot line. It helped to keep it fresh for me.
I think it must have been working well because once I finished rereading what I had put into the manuscript, I had this niggling little memory of there being more and I looked through the file and found about 30 pages worth that still needed to be fit into the manuscript.
I thought “wow” this is really great. I have all this “new” material to add to the manuscript. The only problem was, in what order should I add those chapters. Should it be two from this plot line and then one from that? I realized that this part was going to be harder than I remembered.
I reread all those “bonus” chapters and started making notes about how the chapters should be ordered. It required a couple days of fairly intensive work, but I got it done and it looks pretty good.
I haven’t quite decided if I should continue in this manner. The basic pros and cons are about even in my mind. I’d have to assign weights to each one in order to figure it out from a statistical standpoint. I’m not sure I have that much patience.
My gut tells me to continue in the same manner. After all, the sequel is already more than half as long as the first novel. Of course, I have no way of knowing how long this one will actually be. But I tend to have a lot to say most of the time (the length of this post should be an indication), so I have every reason to expect it to be at least as long as the first one. Since it has gone well so far, why not. Right?
I guess only time will tell on this one. I’ll just take it as it goes and see what transpires. Chances are good that I will be letting you all know how it is going. 🙂
Posted November 18, 2019
While I was doing my best to get an agent for my first novel, I started writing the sequel to it. To be honest, I thought I would be done after the first novel. It took so long to write it that I thought that would be enough. But I found that there was more to Millie’s story and so the sequel sort of started writing itself.
I have no idea how long it will take me to finish the sequel. But I’ve learned so much about formatting and the mechanical aspects of writing a novel with the first one, that I anticipate it will not require nearly as much time to bring it to fruition. That’s my hope anyway.
So stay tuned for more news about Millie’s Further Adventures in Time.