Wednesday, June 3, 2015

To Blog or Not to Blog

Not getting much blogging done these days. Spending every free moment on the new BLUE LAKE novel. It is sitting at Chapter Fifteen, presently, so more than halfway through the first draft. Can't wait to get the plot down, so I can start editing for decent writing. Right now, I'm just flying through, trying to get the logic, the murders, the intrigue to be believable, thought-provoking and suspenseful. It's definitely challenging! But I love it.

This is much different from writing the memoir where it concerns one's own life and feelings. Novel writing is a lot more fun, and easier in lots of respects. It took me more than ten years to get the memoir written and it's been about ten days so far to whip out a pot boiler.

BLUE LAKE is the story about a young woman whose roots she discovers are in the pot fields of Humboldt County, after spending her life in Los Angeles being raised by a drug lord. She travels north to find the truth about her family, and gets unwittingly involved in a murder and kidnapping while exposing a buried family secret at the same time. The locale of Blue Lake, a small logging town in Humboldt, is a most beautiful place where I lived for a couple of years in 2000, so it's fun to try to recreate it.

The Mad River runs through Blue Lake, and it is gorgeous country, besides being a little spooky because those hills, in three counties, are full of illegal weed growers who are seriously dangerous and don't care much for strangers. While legalizing marijuana seems inevitable and soon, it is going to wipe out the only economic sustenance of the Pacific Northwest (which has a hugely high unemployment rate and lack of jobs), so their excellent pot has been their salvation, their life's work, and their pride. It's been really interesting to research the issues and facts of this region. (a lot of which I didn't even know when I lived there.)

So if I don't blog for awhile, you'll know I'm pounding on the keyboard as fast as I can to finish BLUE LAKE.


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