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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Naked Edge update


A photo taken somewhere on the dinetah — Navajoland — where Kat from Naked Edge was born. I think the real Kat may have taken this photo, actually...

So I realize it's been a while since I posted. I thought I'd give you a quick update.

Since my last post:

I have had a week's vacation, during which I wrote 18 to 20 hours a day and got to Chapter 28 of Naked Edge. That puts me within screaming distance of the end. I'm halfway through 28 now, and I hope to finish it tonight. So that leaves Chapters 29 and 30, plus the epilogue... and then I'm done!

I'm back at work, but I'm still pushing hard to finish, which means I'm still getting only about five hours of sleep a night. That's okay, because I just want to finish!

Also, my family's dear friend Connie, whom I mentioned several posts back and whom I tried to celebrate by including her as a character in Unlawful Contact, passed away. She died must faster than anyone imagined. Her funeral is today. I appreciate your prayers for her, and I'm just glad she's no longer suffering. I was able to visit her in hospice, which was a moving experience, but also very sad.


Connie with my sister back in the early ’70s. The two of them shared a birthday. I have no idea who anyone else is in this photo. This is the house we lived in from the time I was 9 till I was about 12.

She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and all the women she helped through her church. She was very involved in assisting abused women and in helping women through Christian ministry. I'm not big on religion, but she's one of a small number of people who truly walked their talk. If there is such a thing as Heaven, she's there now.

My thoughts are now with her husband, John (who was "Pastor John" in Unlawful Contact) and with her children, who've been my friends since I was 2 years old.

Work is, of course, very busy, and I'm really not up for it now. Between Connie's death and the writing the climax of Naked Edge, I'm feeling pretty emotional and just want to write and sleep and isolate myself.

Speaking of work, I'm very late getting ready for it. I just wanted to give you all an update. I hope to finish Naked Edge by the end of this coming weekend.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

Aw I am so sorry to hear about Connie Pamela! I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

You're on teh homeyard strech with the writing well done!!

Linda A. said...

My condolences on Connie's passing, and congratulations on being in the home stretch with the book! Don't forget to take care of yourself. You're due for a good break when it's done. Can't wait to read it!

cameron said...

The home stretch!! I'm so excited for you to be so close to the end.

I'm sorry to hear about Connie - my thoughts will be with you and her family.

Any big plans for after you write "the end"? (besides sleeping, of course!)

Debbie H said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. She is definitely in heaven at the is moment with her loved ones.

Whoo, Hoo! Home stretch! I agree with the others, you need to take a break, get a massage, drink a bottle of wine, anything to relax for a bit!

Jane said...

Sending thoughts and prayers.

Good luck with the writing.

Lori said...

I'm so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. But glad to know she's not suffering.

And I'm glad to know you made significant progress on Naked Edge :)

JennJ said...

My deepest sympathy in Connie's passing and my prayers are with her husband during this very hard time.

YAY your in the home stretch Go Pamela Go!!!

Love the photo too simply beautiful! :)

Hi, Amanda — Thanks. I really appreciate the prayers. And the good wishes for the writing, too!

Hi, Linda — Thank you for the condolences and the congrats. I appreciate both. YES, a break of some sort. Probably a drinking binge with my homies from the news room followed by lots of water and aspirin. LOL! Or maybe a massage. :-)

Thanks, Cameron. How's your writing going? My big plans when I'm done with this are to breathe a bit, take maybe a day or two off from writing, and then start my next project. That's how it must be because I'm so late with this one. And, yes, sleeping!

Hi, Debbie — Drinking and massage. What did I say? Right on! And thank for your thoughts and prayers. They mean so much to me. I told them that I had friends and readers who were praying for Connie.

Hi, Jane — Thanks so very much on both counts.

Hi, Lori — Thank you. She suffered more than she should have but less than she could have, and I guess I'll call the latter a real blessing. I'm hoping to finish Chapter 28 tonight.

Hi, Jenn — Thanks so much for your prayers, dear. I really can't imagine how it is for John right now. They married in 1961. That's a long time to live with and love a person.

I'm glad you like the photo. I need to find my photos from my trips to the rez and get them scanned. I have some amazing landscape shots that show just how vast and EMPTY the land can be. I once got lost and drove FOR SIX HOURS on roads and dirt tracks and things that might have been roads and grass and mud without seeing another car. (Actually, it was the male driver who got lost, not me. I've never gotten lost when I've been driving.) We had an extra gas can, and that's the only reason we made it back. If we'd run out, we'd have been stuck out there, with no one knowing where we were, no water and 114-degree heat. People die that way. We found a place where some super smarta$$ had put up a sign on a tree in the middle of NOWHERE that said, "Los Angeles, 960 miles --->" and we followed it. LOL!

ronna15 said...

My deepest condolences to Connie's passing. May her soul rest in peace, and I hope her family is doing well too in this hard times.

Good luck by the way on Naked Edge. Just a few more and you're almost done!

Lovely picture by the way ms. Clare

:D

RitaSV said...

Pamela thanks so much for the update. I'm so happy for you that you've made such amazing progress with your story but I feel very sad for you at the passing of your dear friend. Sounds like she lived a life full of purpose and love and that is the best that any of us can hope for. Isn't it amazing what a blessing some people turn out to be? She'll keep on influencing life for good through the people she touched while she was living. My condolences to you and her family.

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