The most interesting thing about me right now is actually About Chessie described below.
This can’t be real yet here it is all the same…
Sharon trembles when she sees her chandelier crashed on the floor, and a lime green creature peer down at her from the ceiling. “Cheese crackers! I made a hole in your roof!” the creature shouts, and introduces herself as Chessie.
She is baffled as to why she crashed into this particular story, but she desperately wants to fit in.
Sharon advises Chessie not to get too wrapped up in that idea because hardly anyone ever really fits in anywhere.
So, begin their interactions.
About Chessie is a modern-day fairy tale about a character—in the true sense of the word. And a curiously unlikely friendship.
I had fun writing this story. I hope you will have fun reading it.
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At the risk of sounding Academy Award-like, I would like to thank several people.
This story probably could have been completed in months. It took me seven years. Seven years equates to a lot of feedback—not just any feedback—detailed, point-by-point feedback. You took me seriously. I appreciate that.
The words were always there. So was the fear of writing them down. Or maybe it was the fear of finishing.
Fear being the key word.
All of you (listed below) helped make that better for me.
Thank you so much.
Author of the award-winning novel Act of Grace
Karen Simpson is an extraordinary writing coach. She was key in my finishing this tale of many previous versions. She is expert at giving critical feedback—without being critical. Her feedback makes me think, dig deeper. My writing is richer because of her.
Karen also has a passion for quilting. She created her first quilt block using white wedding napkins—to her mother’s surprise—that were tucked away in a drawer for safety. She went on to make several beautiful quilts She is pictured below with two of her favorite creations—the horse armor for Dancer, and a matching coat for herself, were patterned after the quilts from Hausa Nigeria.
Karen’s second novel, The Naming of Quilts will soon be in press.
Bill Bingham, fellow scribbler, for his detailed feedback on earlier versions of this tale. I especially want to thank him for his software training over the years. His tips and step-by-step instructions helped me overcome the fear of technology and gain a skill that has added to my creativity.
Chelsea Writer’s Group for giving my first professional critique and point-by-point feedback.
Kenna Gaynor for her encouragement and feedback. Her friendship means a lot to me, as do our movie nights, occasional walks and day trips together.
Alice Holbrook for her detailed feedback.
Carolyn Morado an exceptional scribbler’s partner. She has helped me hone several stories over the years. She reviewed several versions of About Chessie—and re-reviewed—giving feedback that helped me refine the tale. She has regaled me with her own delightful stories and interesting manuscript. Our weekly meetings are a high point for me.
Kelly Pahl for her encouragement—about writing and getting out to exercise. Our talks about all kinds of interesting things make me think, and make my life more interesting.
Pat Stewart for her helpful comment on the cover graphics and her patience with my frequent declarations that I finished About Chessie. I appreciate our talks—and our weekly walks. Her friendship has made my life richer.