Recently I edited chapter twenty-eight of The Seagull Rebellion. There are only two more chapters in the novel, and I’m about to read them for the first time since I wrote the book in November 2002.
I think I might be one of the slowest authors ever. I’ve waited more than ten years to revise this novel – and I have several other that were written but never edited – including the last two novels in this Antediluvian Adventures series.
The last two novels are The Legend of Kaopa and The Valekan Migration.
What’s fun and amazing for me, as a novelist, is to read a novel I wrote for the first time and to realize it turned out A-okay. And that’s the case with The Seagull Rebellion. Of course, even after all these years, I remember where the plot is going, generally speaking, but I’m getting little surprises because I didn’t remember all the details of what Maralin went through.
Maralin is a resilient character, noble, pure, adventurous, and compassionate. She’s had a problem with being too trusting, a bit fool-hardy, and too willing to let others abuse her and get away with it.
Despite the bad times, she doesn’t lose her ethical way of thinking, but I see now that in chapter 28 she’s been changing. She’s learning something difficult about life, that some people need to be stopped from their impulsive behaviors that harm others. She can no longer count on everyone to be reasonable. Compassion must be tempered with justice.
You would think she learned some of that back in her hometown of Halekalo, where she observed the unhappiness of the people held captive inside city walls. She participated in a rebellion there, so surely she knew that rulers are flawed and need to be taken down a few notches. But now she’s learning the same about poor people who infringe on the rights of others.
I see she came to the blog to leave a message recently. She’ll probably do it again one of these days. These characters are so anxious to get out of the box! I mean, they want to get out of the bit-bucket where they’ve been stored more than ten years already.
The destination of these stories will probably be Amazon only, just like River Girl. I anticipate publishing them in Kindle format, and will probably make paperback versions for limited runs… these books are good for Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Some people actually prefer paperback books still, rather than ebooks. Imagine that.