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After Getting “Stuck”, I Was Rescued By A New Character In The Sequel To Thaumaturge

And believe me, I was stuck for months because I spent all my writing time poring over corrections of book proofs for “Thaumaturge”, the book I wrote and self-published with an American company based in Pennsylvania.  Their support staff was patient and terrific, and the calmness of my writer counsellor helped me get through NINE book proof corrections without my waking up and finding myself heavily sedated in a rubber room in a secret location!

Nota Bene!  If you have the financial resources, hire the best copy/content editor(s) that your financial resources allow.  This is just so important to the integrity/quality of your chef-d’oeuvre.  Remember, this is your baby; no one, and I mean NO ONE, has produced anything quite like this before.  Not ever!

After many months, including after “Thaumaturge” was printed in soft-cover PB, I still struggled with the SNAFU that I had written my characters into in the sequel, tentatively titled “Weapon”.  But then, one day, a new character in the story truly caught my attention.  She had endured psychological and physical abuse, yet had retained her own dignity, strength, and initiative.  She created her own business based on her interest in human intelligence, and resilience in resisting negative feedback from tormentors, even if they were family members, the highest, the most soul-destroying, and most despicable forms of betrayal of all, ever!

So, after months of being stuck after Chapter Eleven of Weapon, I have emerged at the end of Chapter Thirteen with a fierce, new ally in the fight against human trafficking. 

Melora Mulvey is intelligent, independently wealthy, and emotionally strong due to the nature of her emotional and physical abuse as a child.  As her creator, I think she deserves a medal, but the sad reality is that many young girls/women have experienced the horrors of abuse/control/cruelty at the hands of men, some of them fathers/uncles/brothers/cousins who felt that it was perfectly alright for these young girls/women to be treated so cruelly!

So, I acknowledge my thanks to her, a character from my imagination, who, in spite of enduring much trauma and abuse as a vulnerable child from a very disturbed parent, still made a career for herself aimed at allowing other victims of abuse to overcome/rise above terrible abuse endured as children.  THAT requires the greatest  inner strength of all, in my opinion.



About sfummerton

You may be familiar with the expression, "It's never too late". Well, I might be living proof of it. I hope to have a novel published in the next two-to-three months. I didn't start writing it until I was in my fifties because of a germ/seed that was planted in my imagination after an attempted mugging/assault decades ago. The experience gave me a great appreciation for the amazing strength of adrenalin. This blog will allow me to talk about my experience as a newbie writer who self-published because I was concerned about how much time I might have left, and because I deal with both chronic pecuniary strangulation and chronic health issues. ;) But, the blog will also be a place where I can post thoughts about issues that concern me. Human trafficking is one of them. That's why I made my antogonist in the soon-to-be-in-print novel "Thaumaturge" a trafficker. He's not involved with organized criminal gangs, either domestic or foreign, but he is an opportunist who understands that big bucks can be made in modern-day slavery, especially in sex-trafficking of underage kids. The growth of human trafficking due to many causes which can be traced back to simple survival concerns me because it preys on the most desperate and vulnerable human beings who have no resources to rely on. Try to imagine how that feels. There are more human slaves on our planet now than at any time in human history. That's deplorable and disgraceful. We're classified as Homo sapiens, which means, wise man in Latin. Uh-huh. So, I'm a leftie, not a rightie, and I'm not referring to my handedness. I think this planet would be better off following Buddhist economics. No, I am not a Buddhist. I call myself a devout agnostic. But, the huge discrepany between the wealthiest on this planet, and everybody else, is simply obscene. I love books and movies and music. I like most music genres, but my favourite since childhood has been film scores. I admire so many of the talented composers and musicians working in that genre because of the discipline involved. The fact that so many of them can create such evocative, effective and beautiful music just blows me away.

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