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Goodbye old friends....

I finished the first version of The King's Heart yesterday.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned the theory of apophenia before, but there is a lot of it tied up in this experience, oddly enough.

I'll start with the dates. I finished my very rudimentary first version of The King's Tale on July 7, 2007. Not only do I write copious notes about everything related to my writing, but I also remember the date because it was 07/07/07. Last night as I went to bed I realized that I finished this first draft of The King's Heart on July 6. Maybe I should have held out another day so that they'd both be finished on the same date.

But, I couldn't, and that brings the second bit of apophenia.

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This is my kitchen window. During the scary bit of time in 2009 when I was actually submitting The King's Tale for the first time, I spent a lot of time standing at this window. I agonized, I worried, I stared out at the dreary weather. It was winter, my favorite time of year. As I spent so much time standing at that window, I developed an attachment to the bush you see there, and the tree across the street. They became "old friends", I took comfort from their familiarity.

Unfortunately, we had some pretty windy days here earlier this year. On March 8, I snapped this picture:

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That's the tree, felled in the night. I felt ...an empty sadness that I probably can't really explain at the loss of the tree.

The reason I was not able to stretch the end of the writing of The King's Heart until today is...today is the day we devastate the front yard. We're tearing the whole thing out in favor of a drought-tolerant garden. Sure, if I had my choice I'd have a lush English-style garden. But, I live in an area of drought, so that's out of the question. The good news is, yarrow is drought tolerant, so I can plant as much of it as I want.

The workers are already here, tearing things out. Once they leave, we start the planting, so I had to get the novel finished yesterday. I did manage to include the yarrow and feverfew in the epilogue of the book.

One last picture of you old friend...

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anne_barwell
Jul. 7th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I can understand how you're feeling. It's been a constant in your life for a while and a memory connected with writing both novels.

Glad you managed to include something of the yarrow/feverfew in your book - it's the little things like that that keep the memories alive.

My cat passed on a few months ago - I'd had her 11 years and she'd always sat in the chair next to me while I was writing. I'm hoping to include a kitten/cat in the current one I'm working on as a memory to her.
rowenasudbury
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. We've lived in this house 21 years, that tree and bush have been part of my every day life for that long.

Interestingly enough, both plants made it into the epilogue as Dafydd noticed a bee going from yarrow to feverfew. I noticed that myself today as we planted all the plants, so that was a nice moment that made up for losing the bush. :)

Aww *hugs* I know how you feel about the kitty too....that *is* the reason why there's usually a dog in my stories.
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