The loss of a pet

The proof reading/re-writing continued today. Although I have only three more chapters to read, they will be the most difficult of all the chapters to edit, and they contain the most dialogue. It is here that the most problematic options will need to be faced. How much dialogue is too much? How little will amount to a cop-out?

Although it may appear that I’m now on the sunny downhill run, today there has been a moment of high drama in the story, to which my featured photo relates. Sandra’s beloved pet cat, Chivers, had to be put down by the vet. It was a hard moment to write about, but it fitted the story well. It was especially hard for me, because I was really writing about what it had been like when my wife and I had needed to make the same choice in real life as Sandra was making in the story. More than at any other point, I felt every moment of what I was writing about and it seemed that I was reliving her grief.

I’ve just reached the point, in the draft, at which Norman loses his temper and slaps Sandra. This, and it’s aftermath, will need to be tackled sensitively and in detail. My draft already exists, but, in proof reading, this I’ll not be looking for grammatical issues so much as ensuring that the writing does the scenes justice. I’ve never gone through this kind of situation at first hand, so writing about it will demand that, in my imagination at least, I try to visualise every second.

Other than the above, I’ve now written the additional chapter that I mentioned yesterday – partly to build up Luke’s story but also to portray a temporary lull in the deteriorating marriage of Sandra and Norman. The calm before the storm as it were.

There’s not much more to say today, except to apologise that I can’t provide the usual information about the photo. I have no exif data. It’s a smartphone photo of our late, but totally adored furry friend, Tigger, God rest his soul.

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