Saturday, April 14, 2007

Columbine Trail

A long time ago, my brother, Jess who wrote novels, said to be careful who I allow to read my manuscript. In fact, only a few should have that privilege. Pretty much, I've only let my critique partners read my first unpublished book. It has been written into a screenplay, and I have signed an option to that effect. Last week once again, it was requested by a well known producer for a TV movie. That's requested, folks, not sold. You bet I was excited, but in the long run, it may not be optioned. Where am I going with this? Well, back to the warning--I let someone outside of my critique group read the script, and before they were even a few pages into it, they told me that my story was predictable! Death to a writer's ego and hopes!! I asked the person, how could you know? There are a couple of sub-plots and a surprise, but you haven't read them yet. Predictable to me, means the guy's gonna get the girl, maybe a cat and mouse game, but what separates different love stories from being the same ole thing, is what goes on in between, and what challegenes they will face to reach their ultimate goal. Well, I've learned my lesson, Jess, and I won't do that again. But if anyone has read this far and would like to read what my novel is about, keep reading. I refuse to lose hope, and my second book is half-way completed, with my third idea and title simmering. After all, if a screenwrite saw much promise and it has been requested twice for submission, how far off can I be? See what you think below.

There’s a saying in the Old West that “A Man don’t have thoughts about women till he’s 35. A’fore then, all he’s got is feelin’s.” For me, the wit and wisdom of the Old West provide an endless treasure store of great story potential. My story, Columbine Trail, is unique because it chronicles the hardships of the first attempt by a female of a working ranch to move cattle from the Yampa Valley to Denver, Colorado. The main character relies on her faith in God for strength and guidance, which ultimately shapes her character and her future. Here's a brief synopsis:

In 1892, a cattle drive is no place for a
woman. Yet delicate southern belle,
Crystal Clark, is forced out of her
comfort zone. She will brave the dangers
of the Colorado Yampa Valley with the
strength of her faith and her determination
to succeed. Crystal is not the perfect Christian,
but God ultimately shapes and refines her
character as she battles the harsh realities
of managing a ranch, personal tragedies, and
her growing feelings of her engaged handsome
foreman.

Luke Weber is used to managing drovers,
cattle, and his own time. He thinks
Crystal is beautiful, but green as a spring leaf
on an aspen tree. He has never given
God free rein in his life and has no place
for a tenderfoot, no matter how much
she occupies his thoughts. But suddenly,
the tenderfoot is his boss, and he must
choose between the cattle baron’s daughter
and the spunky southerner.

Columbine Trail is the romantic story of a
female’s first attempt to move cattle from the
Yampa Valley to Denver. This story reveals
God’s refining touch on the lives of two
headstrong people in everyday challenges,
from managing big life issues to controlling
tempers, will and desire.

I'd enjoy any and all comments. You can do that anonymously if you choose to; it's not hard to do. I'm tougher that you think-a regular Steele Magnolia!

7 comments:

Lynne said...

How exciting to have someone interested in your story!
That alone should cancel out the unkind comment from the person you let read your manuscript.

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Hi, Lynne. Thanks for taking time to stop by and thank you for the encouragement. You'd think I would have learned by now. I'm busy working this afternoon on my 2nd book. Writing is hard work but other people don't look at it as a job. Guess it's a good thing that I have another one right now. LOL! Why is it that we tend to remember the unkind comments said to us, rather than focusing on the many wonderful comments? Human nature I guess, but it always hurts. So, guess I need to get off my soapbox and work hard on my submission to my group on Thursday. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

WELL I SAY OLE GAL I WILL JUST HANG'EM IF YOU BE WILLING TO TELL ME WHO THAT WAZ THAT MADE A CRACK ABOUT YOUR NOVEL.
DON'T PAY NO NEVER MIND, EVERYBODY HAS DIFFERENT PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT THEY READ AND HEAR.
TAKE ME FOR INSTANCE "I LOOK IN THE MIRFROR AND THINK "GOSH I LOOK GOOD TODAY, MY HAIR IS PERFECT TOO" BUT WHEN MY HUSBAND GETS HOME HE SAYS "DANG GAL YOU LOOK TIRED "YOU SICK"?
AND I SAY "ARE YOU BLIND" .?
SOMETIMES YOU JUST CAN'T WIN...NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.
SIGNED THE "PRINCISDI"

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Prncisdi, you crack me up girlfriend!I laughed so hard that tears were rolling down my eyes! I half expected Jess's signature on this comment, because this is exactly how he would comment. LOL! You knew our brother well.
Thanks for being in my corner and believing in me!
Sis

Caroline Friday said...

Maggie,

Lost my first message!

Testing

Caroline Friday said...

OK, finally figured this out. Romances are predictable, just like a rollercoaster - it's the ride that counts - the hills and valleys and twists and turns that get you to the end! That's what makes a story fun and thrilling in my mind. You have a great story and I loved it. I hope to see it on screen someday with me as screenwriter - boy, that would be a blessing! Keep up your writing and keep giving me comments and encouragement, cause I need it!
We have to support each other and lift each other up. It's all about passion, perserverance and never giving up!

Love,

Caroline

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Hey,Caroline. That's exactly what I told my friend who read part of the manuscript. It would be awesome if it manages to make it to the screen, but even if it doesn't just writing is part of the fun! Besides, my grandchildren will have some special to read when they are older. Your writing is coming along fabulous and you have the gift and I know that you are hooked on writing now.