What an Ending!
Well, I’m sure I’ll be able to say that when I finally come up with an ending for Vinehart Farm. I’m basically finished with the first draft, but I can’t figure out how to end it. Do I submit what I have up to this point to Curiosity Quills and wait for an editor to help me out, or do I struggle until some epiphany surfaces in the middle of the night? I am really hoping that this book is out by year-end, but there’s a lot of back and forth still to come. I can leave many threads unresolved, but Vinehart Farm is really not sequel material. I can resolve all the loose threads, but then that makes the big surprise in the book less noteworthy. Part of the struggle is that I like Eva, the protagonist, and I don’t know how to say goodbye. She’s got grit, is a hard worker, and stands up for herself. She reminds me of me at 24, except I wasn’t so good at standing up for myself. That has come with time, and having children to advocate for. I guess for now I’ll muddle along and keep thinking of possibilities. I do know that I want her to end right-side-up. I want her to end up not being controlled by fear. I want her to know love. I wouldn’t call her a religious or spiritual person, so I can’t use religion or spirituality as a way to sum everything up. Yet, she’s got a great compass and is very well grounded. (That’s the farm part coming out.) There’s got to be a graceful exit here. I’ll keep at it.