Thursday, August 7, 2008

First Post - I'm learning

First Post - I'm learning

Hello, everyone!

My novel, Eddie's Wake is finished - except for a little tweaking - and I'm trying to decide how to "get it out there." After weighing all the options, I've decided to publish it myself via a print-on- demand company, which leaves all the marketing and publicity to me. I'm anxious to start putting my ideas for the second book into notes and begin a new writing process.

From what I hear and what I've been reading, I need some kind of web presence to tell about the story and the people in the book and what makes them tick and where they came from... and something about me. So this is it, folks. Wish me luck!

Here's just a smidge of Eddie's Wake:

Chapter 1 Love Strong as Death
October, 1927 Tomos Bay, Wisconsin

The way his flannel pajamas bunched up around his knees that morning as he dozed, the blood-red linoleum of the kitchen floor, the smell of wet wool and fish mingled together, the feeling of cold air on his bare feet as it swept through the house: these were the things that chiseled themselves into his memory as his world tilted and came crashing down around him.

Thirteen years old and a seventh grader at Holy Angels School, Karl Stern had to stay home for the day, sick again. October was only half gone, but he’d already missed three days of school because of the wheezy cough he came down with every fall. His mother, Maggie, blamed it on the damp lake air that settled over Tomos Bay whenever the weather turned colder. Since the kitchen was the warmest place in the house, his father set up the roll away cot between the cupboards and the table before leaving for work that morning. There Karl’s mother could watch over him while she took care of her other housework.

Wrapped up in his blanket with his feet dangling off the end of the cot, Karl dozed and dreamed about the summer just past, when his father, Eddie, had finally given him real work to do on his fishing boat. Karl liked to think he was truly helpful and needed, and in the dream, he was; his young, strong muscles casting and hauling nets, sorting fish and throwing back the ones that were too small, keeping the boat on course when his father had something else to do. But just as his father said Good job, son, Karl heard a ruckus on the boat and someone calling for his mother. When the voices came closer, he awoke to the sound of a frantic commotion on the front porch. Bleary eyed, he got up and stood at the kitchen door in his bare feet and wrinkled pajamas.

Before his mother crossed the living room, the front door burst open and hit the inside wall, cracking the grey plaster behind it. The framed picture of Saint Andrew that hung there bounced once and crashed to the floor, face down, its glass shattering into a thousand pieces. Eddie’s partner, Will Denver, and their crewman Rob Holstrom each tripped on the threshold, nearly dropping Eddie’s limp, wet body. The many layers of waterlogged wool, the long underwear, heavy jacket, sweater, and two shirts underneath it all added to the load Will and Rob had to carry. Panting, they laid Eddie on the worn grey and maroon rug.

Maggie spit out the question Karl wanted to ask.“Is he dead?”

Karl's heart began to beat the way it did when he raced his pals around the schoolyard and down the block after school.

Copyright 2008, Carol A. Peterson

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