At 12:22 today, I finished the first draft of my new book. It is 18,463 words, 105 printed pages, and is tentatively titled All That Remains: a Newtonberg Story.
The book has undergone many changes since I first announced it. While it is still one continuous story, the setting has been changed from the 1960s to just after World War II, and concerns one of the Newtonberg residents when she was a young girl. You will see a few of your favorite characters from Welcome to Newtonberg in the bookend story, but for the most part, this is historical.
What’s more, it’s a total rewrite of the first Newtonberg story ever, previously titled “A Tear For Billy.” And by total, I mean totally unrecognizable. Anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered through that one in its original form (I apologize, again) might recognize a name or two, but there are actual characters this time around.
I’m quite happy with it, although I know that will fade when I go to do the first edit in a few weeks. But for now, I will happily let it rest until Memorial Day weekend, when I will take out a printed copy and attack it with red ink.
Thanks to all who have kept me going with their encouraging words. I hope to have it available for everyone to enjoy this fall.
Now onto the technical stuff. I need a book cover!