Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chapter Three Finished

Just saying. Wordcountometer: 8581!

Next up, Chapter Four, "A Hanging." To include, yes, a hanging and also possibly a man with the improbable last name of Clockshott. We'll see.

14 comments:

  1. Congrats.

    Oh, and I like the last name. Definitely unique and memorable. I can see it, twenty years down the road, and it will be a question on Jeopardy: Who is Clockshott?

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  2. You know Mr. Bailey I just wanted you to know, not that I'm mad or anything, but this is the second time you have 'stolen' names I was coing to use. For Cocke and Bull, that was the name of the inn I was using in my completed manuscript which I have since changed to The Fat Hen.

    And believe it or not, I have a character in another work I call Clocksett. Not the same but you catch my drift.

    Do you have some secret mind reader skill or the key to my computer? I know that everything in the universe is free to use but you're scaring me.

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  3. P.S. Here's a book you might want to read if you can find it...
    "Puritanism in Old and New England" by Alan Simpson Published by The University of Chicago Press Copyright 1955 eighth impression 1972 Truthfully, anything by this man will help you in your Cocke and Bull story for research. (I worked for him while I was in college -- brilliant brilliant man)

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  4. Nice name, Scott. And a hanging in Chapter 4 sounds fantastic. :)

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  5. Scott: I have no idea how large a role Clockshott will play in the book. I just know he's out there, waiting to step into the story. We'll see if he ends up being Alex Trebec-worthy.

    Piedmont: I'll look for the book you suggest, though little of my book is set in New England. Mostly it's in the middle colonies and the south, but all research is good research, so thanks! Also, I am getting all of my character names (except Cocke & Bull) from actual church and legal records from the early eighteenth century. So don't blame me if there was a real Mr. Clockshott and his fabulous name caught my eye. There's also a Hammond, a Stoddard and a Margate. Chapter Four will have a Widow Abigail. Just to give you a head's up. Maybe in the future we can get a list of names together and divide it equally!

    Michelle: I have no idea how much detail I'll go into with the hanging. It sounds pretty nasty, so I might just sort of talk around the act and focus on the witnesses to the event. But the drinking in Chapter Three was just the thing to keep it moving, I tell you.

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  6. Clockshott! A hanging!
    I'm putting your book on my wish list.

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  7. Interesting. Hmmmm! Congrats on the progress.

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  8. Congrats.

    And I just want to tell you that I think the name Clockshott is fantastic.

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  9. Annie: I still have to get my first novel published. And I still have to finish the new one. So it's years away at this point. Which is really weird.

    Lois: Thanks. This book is constantly surprising me. The deeper I get into it, the less likely I am to talk about the events in it. So a few chapters from now I'll just be saying things like "Um, Chapter sixteen done, wordcount=lots."

    Dominique: Thanks. I wish I'd thought up Clockshott's name. I know a lot about this character, but it occurs to me that I don't actually know his first name. Huh.

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  10. I don't know why I like that chapter title so much, but I do. I'm excited for you, Scott! I want the details of the hanging...if I have a vote.

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  11. Davin: I did a ton of work on my novel's outline just now at lunch, and it's clear that I need to make this hanging detailed and memorable, so that I can focus on other things during another hanging later in the book. Besides, I've decided to put a violent image in every chapter of the book. They serve a larger purpose, they do. Clockshott's role in this chapter and the next has come to me, and he'll also be in the final chapter. Yay, structure! The whole thing is falling into place now, and I feel good about it. If I don't screw around, I could have a finished first draft by, say, the end of February or sooner. That'd be cool. I'd totally rule were that the case.

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  12. I like the name Clockshott because it almost sounds like it should be profanity or a double-entendre or something.

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  13. P.S. apparently I have the maturity of a 4th grader.

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  14. The book is called "Cocke and Bull." Imagine all the puns at my command now. I may have picked "Clockshott" because it does sound obscene, sort of. That tells you my own maturity level.

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