If you want to know exactly where we live…

Here’s a google map on our exact coordinates: <br /><small><a style=”color: #0000ff; text-align: left” mce_href=”http://maps.google.com/maps?q=N+08%C2%B0+27.844+E+076%C2%B0+56.900&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=8.47441,76.952534&amp;spn=0.024026,0.04549&amp;t=h&amp;z=14&amp;iwloc=addr&amp;source=embed” xhref=”http://maps.google.com/maps?q=N+08%C2%B0+27.844+E+076%C2%B0+56.900&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;ll=8.47441,76.952534&amp;spn=0.024026,0.04549&amp;t=h&amp;z=14&amp;iwloc=addr&amp;source=embed”>View Larger Map</a></small>

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To Work!

We’ve begun our work. Yesterday, for the first time, James and I sat down at our desks in our shared office and we worked on our books. James produced several pages of new work and I did a careful read of the first 80-some pages of Blue Water Dreams. I also made notes on a bunch of the things I want to add to give the book depth. I started this book at the most shallow of levels, and I’ve been struggling ever since. In order to give myself a structure and some plain goals, I made an outline of the elements of a good romantic novel. I then took those elements and made an outline of my story as it fits the elements, calling each major element a chapter. Next, I wrote a one-page abstract of all of the things that would happen in each chapter. At that point, I had a map. All of this was in a notebook, handwritten, and I decided that I could simply write the book from the beginning by moving from page to page through the abstract. Whoa. I mean, don’t get me wrong. It started the way I had intended. I wrote 23 single-spaced pages on June 7, 2005. But then I didn’t write much more for a long time. I edited those pages until January, only adding another dozen pages in all that time. By March of 2006, I still only had 50 pages. In April, I reached 85. And more than a year later, on July 8, 2006, I broke 100 pages and finished the story. What? A hundred pages long? That’s not a book! Of course, in that time I also got a promotion at work that meant I worked long hours, sailed all around the San Francisco Bay,[…]

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