As I walk today, I try fiercely to focus on my characters and their scenes, but my eyes are drawn to the devastation that remains three months after Hurricane Matthew. Many are working to protect what’s left of their property, but quite a few lost everything and have done nothing to clear away the debris, the fragments of their lives.
My heart is heavy for those who had to abandon their homes and now have nothing to come back to. How do they pick up the pieces and move forward? Do they clear the land and rebuild? Or does the fear of further desolation keep them running?
Mother Nature can be brutal, ravaging homes large and small, and the only ray of sunshine is no lives in our area were lost. Our entire area was evacuated, saving the people and pets, but where do they go from here?
It’s tough to write about an athletic journey or love and friendship when I gaze at the destruction and worry about the ones who lost everything. I did realize that I have a few scenes, already written, that need to be moved to a different location in the story. I’ll tackle those today. In the meantime, I’m going to sit and reflect and thank the stars for protecting the lives of so many in our community and hope that tomorrow is a brighter day. Until next time, HUGS.
So much lost
Our old beach crossover!
Our new beach crossover
Hi. I’m starting the new year with a new purpose and a new look. My new website is up and I’d like you to take a look at it. www.christinemazurk.com
walking The Beach
I have two books to finish writing and a marathon to train for, so I’m reorganizing how I work in 2017. The mornings will start with a run or some other workout, then I’ll get to the computer to write.
I plan to walk the beach at low tide to focus on the scenes that still need to be written, and I’m inviting you to come along. We’ll do this a few times a month. I’ll share some of my thoughts about what the characters are doing without giving away too much of the story.
Today we’ll walk with PJ Madison and Spencer Hayes, the two main characters in Passion’s Promise. PJ has reluctantly agreed to train for an Ironman race to help heal her splintering family. It was a difficult decision for her as she’s graduating from veterinary school and currently studying for the boards. Spencer, her best friend, basically cornered her to accept her mother’s challenge and because he knows how dead set against competition PJ is, he has decided to train with her and race by her side.
I’m imagining the tension that can arise between two friends as they focus on the three disciplines, two of which are PJ’s strengths, the other not-so-much! As I think about their first bike ride together, I imagine them getting passed by a group of pros. Knowing the bike is not PJ’s strength, will Spencer take chase and try to catch the pros or will he stick with his best friend to keep her focused? I know the scenario that’s running through my head, so I best get back to the computer and get it captured on the pages.
Until next time, hugs!!!