First, I have to say, my (female) cousin is trying to get us to bust some guns…I’d actually listen to her, lol.
Rather than repost, and rehash some of my original posts, I thought to give an enlightened 2011 view of things. Currently, I am in the final personal revision stage (because I have some limited material, and some material to delete) and then it will go off to a professional editor, for the final edits.
Honestly, to carry on yesterday’s theme, Blue Lines is my child. I have never officially pushed my manuscript to be published, because I was not ready for my child/daughter/son to leave. However, Blue Lines, has been previously been delivered to and editor. Granted at that time, the only current copyright from my manuscript was for the original 21 page work, not that current version or any of the original artwork (that has since, been updated).
None-the-less, I will set the scene for the first foray in publishing for Blue Lines. It was in 2009, around the same time that the organization the Atlanta [#####] that I was working for hit their first major milestone.
Circa August/September 2009 over fresh sushi a Sam Adams and wine at Thrive ATL.
“What do you do in your free time, when you’re not working for the [#####], [#####], or consulting in Los Angeles for the [######],” she asked.
“I write,” I simply smiled.
“About,” she asked interested, because we were friends, I was willing to embellish to some point.
“Well, I’m working on four manuscripts, however, I’ve begun finalizing a manuscript I began in 1998.”
“What is it about,” she continued, genuinely interested.
“Well it’s a fictional story, based on true events,” I began with my standard line. “During the time I started working on it, Memoirs Of A Geisha, was published, and since many thought that a woman had written that work, I thought that I would write this from the aspect of my female character.”
Intrigued, she offered, “I have a lifelong friend that works for [######-#######], would you like me to forward it to her?”
Honestly, my initial thought was ‘No,’ however I could not turn down the offer, being that the worse that could happen with my unprepared manuscript would be that it was rejected. I could not be offended, because I personally felt it was not ready.
So it was “D” day, I prepped one print version and an Abridged, and Unabridged versions for this mailing. I grabbed my mentor, first manager in the field of work I do, and made that walk with my “baby,” to mail her off to Los Angeles, to be transported and hand delivered to San Francisco. Blue Lines, had an amazing journey. Yet, we’re not published yet, however I am putting in the work. If I get denied after that, I can feel bad, and or disappointment, only because I know that it will be the completed version that is actually shopped. I don’t look to be rejected though. I don’t give up that easily.
Where did the idea for this post evolve, it was birthed last night, when I tossed and turned, and got up, and got back on facebook, then laid back down, then got up again, until 4 am EST. am I happy about Blue Lines progress, yes. I chose to hold it close to home, I chose to add, revise, edit, not someone else. And I had the opportunity to add and build Keypsiia’s character. There are items I have to delete, most of the Atlanta chapters, and there are character traits of Keypsiia’s history, that I have to augment. And make her a more sympathetic character, and figure.
Also, I must add a disconcerting part of what kept me awake last night also, I think that I have my “Harry Potter,” idea to create more profitable works, if I can stick to it, however regardless of that situation, Blue Lines is what I want in my heart, as a Novel, Motion Picture, huge project to share successfully with the world. That I have to figure out.
The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.