So, it's over for another year, or at least until Camp NaNo. I made the fifty thousand words and a bit, and now I have yet another unedited manuscript.
"So, what's it all about?"
Well, the novel is a sequel to the one I wrote in 2013, which was provisionally titled "Village Without Men". This one is to be called "The Treachery of Friends".
"Yes, but what's it about?"
It's about a man and a woman who fall in love, and the problems they face before they get their Happy Ever After.
It's also about smugglers, spies, revolutionaries, and how to feed a village full of women, children and old men in the Year Without A Summer.
"Never heard of it."
In 1815 the volcano of Tambura exploded and sent a cloud of debris up into the atmosphere. It caused the weather to change over the whole globe. Crops failed, people starved, there were riots, governments feared revolution. Nobody knew then what had caused it, which made it worse.
"A bit like that Icelandic volcano, then."
Yes, but much worse. And then there's the thing about the hero and what he did ... no, I'm not going to tell you about that.
"Spoilsport. When can I read it?"
Ah, now, there are some other manuscripts in the queue first. But soon, I hope. At least I've found a picture to use as a cover. That's a step forward, isn't it?
Doreen lives in the empty bit in the middle of Wales, where since her retirement she has taken up writing. She says it's better than working any day.
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