A Look Back

Now that I am no longer regularly beating my head down on my desk…

…when I find myself frustrated or annoyed by something I’d written, or am struggling to write, or feel unable to convey precisely as I wish, I think it is time to take a few moments, sit back and enjoy it. This “battle” is over. For better or worse, I wrote it.

I thought a post sharing a variety of “snapshot” excerpts – in no particular story order – of Conventions: The Garden At Paris might be fun. I’ve not posted many completed parts. You having put up for so long with my talking here about writing it, you are definitely entitled to see bits of the finished novel!:

Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.

I labored over it and its characters for over a year and a half. I researched that bygone era carefully. I hoped to bring aspects of “1787” and the years immediately after in America and Europe back to life for us in our 21st century.

It's indifferent Monday weather.๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒŠSo nothing great to photograph outside. I spent much of the day here – at the desk in my office.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“šโœ๏ธIt's in our late-1600s built house's (it was, insofar as we can figure out, originally a three room cottage) converted loft space. . Oh, and the desk is actually not nearly as cluttered and chaotic as it looks in this pic. (And that's Thomas Jefferson in that portrait, keeping an eye on me.)๐Ÿ˜‚ . #office #homeoffice #photo #photography #photos #writers #authors #authorsofinstagram #Monday #organization #writing #reading #upstairs #home #humor #humour #history #rural #countryside #Hertfordshire #England #thomasjefferson

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My hope is that you sit by a poolside, or on a beach, or on a sofa, or in bed, and lose yourself in it. Ultimately, that’s what writing is about: hopefully captivating a reader:

Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.

Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.
Excerpt from “Conventions” on Kindle for iPad. Click to enlarge.

None of those “people” were “alive” before I began outlining back in January of 2016. Fiction is amazing. What “magic” we can create.

Whatever you are reading, wherever you are in the world, have a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Author: โ€œConventions: The Garden At Paris,โ€ โ€œPassports,โ€ โ€œFrontiers,โ€ and โ€œDistances.โ€ British Airways frequent flier. Lover of the Catskill Mountains...and the 1700s. New novel of 1797-1805, "Tomorrow The Grace," due out in 2019.

3 thoughts on “A Look Back

  1. Dear Robert, good day to you! Thank you for an amazing post. I liked the Stress Reduction Instruction. Is it for your mother-in-law? ๐Ÿ™‚ Extracts from the Conventions are wonderful! You writing is like deep waters: more you read, more they capture you. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a nice day & don’t worry much about your book. It’s great!

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