Edit Review Proves Stressful
I dragged myself down to the kitchen from the office after working five hours through the review of the first book. A big bowl of chocolate chip-zucchini cookies that I’d left in the kitchen unbaked in my hurry to begin, sat there forlorn. They went into the oven; I made some hot chocolate and poured in a lot of Snoops to recuperate.
The next day my husband, Bud, and I drove three hours south to Spokane to have ourselves a red-hot pre-planned Valentine celebration. This soul-refreshing cultural events began as we checked into the boutique Lusco Hotel downtown, and then visited the MAC Museum, enjoyed a cowboy dinner grill before taking in the IMAX Avatar movie. Second day in town, I found a new way to make blackened potatoes at Madelines, a little French café, found wide-legged casual women’s pants at Nordstroms, had dinner at Moxies, and took in the mystery musical, Curtains.
Topping off the grand date with Bud was breakfast enroute home at the Chewelah Casino. Best of all was playing a hand or two of their new three-in-one table game that features high card, blackjack and poker. No, I wasn’t lucky. But, there’s always next time.
Note to the Editor The day after our return, I completed the edit of the second volume in Lebensborn. This morning, I wrote the following note to my editor: After many years of dedicated work and research, I thought there would be no more work left to be done. Now, upon seeing and working with the fine tuning your edit has produced, it reminds me again that many persons have been similarly by my side to help me tell this WWII story. Thank you for your time and efforts to improve the spelling where needed, especially to change insure to ensure. The difference when using Directoress/Directress was insightful. I liked your suggestion to change the word crept. Perhaps my changing it to “moved stealthily” improves the meaning even more. Plotting was enhanced through your suggestions. You told me, “Don’t disappoint your reader—take the love scene at scene at the beach to conclusion, add paragraphs to strengthen the scene at the Lebensborn Home when the car arrives for Antoinette, and, of course, the best add of all, your great idea to show a bit of magic at Himmler’s castle. The addition of the magic act along with Peter’s words as the eagles fly, is proof for the SS men that they, too, have same majesty as eagles and reaffirms their faith in the SS. It was magic for me, too, as it brought tears to my eyes as I wrote it.