Saturday, November 2: This morning I got up early and revised Chapter 30 of my novel; the chapter is titled “Glisser un Regard a Quelqu’un.” Add 2,142 words, for a total of 4,056 words.
I still haven’t settled on a title for the entire novel; I’ve gone back and forth with all kinds of ideas. Today I changed it once again to: As Sure as Far-Flung Suns. I’m still not settled on it. I may test out different titles as I post this month.
Here’s a short synopsis as posted on my NaNoWriMo account:
As Sure as Far-Flung Suns explores the way that yearning and grief rearrange people’s lives. The story is told from the viewpoints of four middle-aged characters in Washington, D.C. during the 2002 sniper attacks and the buildup to war with Iraq; these characters in their tangled relationships struggle to find happiness and meaning in a world full of uncertainty and turmoil.
Ian loses both of his parents in a tragic accident and comes to inhabit their world, and his abandoned adolescent life, in his grief. Taking up residence in his parents’ home, his old passion for astronomy is reignited. He explores his reawakened attraction to his old girlfriend, Lucie, who is now married to Ahmed, an Egyptian Muslim haunted by demons.
Lucie works at a suicide hotline. She is lonely and fearful, and tries, despite obstacles she places in her own path, to find courage and love. Ahmed, who reads a medical encyclopedia to improve his English, is convinced an insidious disease will kill him because of a horrific act he committed in his past. He tries to accommodate Lucie in her friendship with Ian, only to have the relationship become something more than he ever bargained for.
Audrey is torn between a calling to serve God and her earthly desires. Her son Peter is a troubled divorce survivor who struggles to come to grips with his own identity. She loves labyrinths, church history and architecture, but she also loves men. She struggles to come to grips with her growing feelings for Ian, her ambivalence about motherhood, and her yearnings to connect with God.
Now that I met my challenge for today, I’m off to visit a dear old friend near Wintergreen, Virginia. I haven’t seen Susan in two years; we used to work together as stockbrokers in Richmond, VA in 1986 and 1987. She and I became friends as I was going through a divorce from my first husband, Bill.
This will be the third weekend in four weeks that I’ve driven south to the mountains of Virginia. 🙂