Second Draft DONE!

Image of red and yellow sandstone mountains

Yesterday I finished the second draft of my horror novella set in a dystopian society called the Colony. The story takes place in the 1980s with real world events sneaking in. I sent the story off to a beta reader. Betas are golden.:-) The working tagline:

Ward hates his job. He slaughters animals for a popular restaurant in the northern most city of the Colony. But when Ward finally quits, he is the one targeted for slaughter.

Today’s feature image is of the red-and-yellow sandstone formations in Gansu Province, China, which inspired the beautiful scenery surrounding Ward’s isolated world. In my novella, Ward’s boss, Fay, rides her bicycle to a farming village in the foothills of these mountains:

The barracks were gone now, and the village smelled of weedy clover, sweet hay, and a mineral-rich wind that swept down from the rock-faced mountain ridge.

And in other news . . .

The fabulous Courtney Mroch, a frequent blog visitor and content creator over at (a top 75 paranormal website in 2020), has a nonfiction story published in the newly released The Feminine Macabre. The Feminine Macabre is an anthology of 30 different paranormal researchers’ essays and experiences. Cool, eh?

Today’s feature image by Aaron Greenwood at

103 thoughts on “Second Draft DONE!

  1. Wow, set in China. Glad I read all your comments as it answered my question I was about ask. It must have taken so research. My second question was ‘Why China?’

    I’m looking forward to reading your book. Congratulation on completion of your second draft.

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    1. I spent a semester in China when I was younger. It was an immersive experience with a Chinese teacher who knew no English. It’s a beautiful country with beautiful people, but of course, there are difficulties, mostly I think due to a government trying to figure out how to help its people after decades of hunger and unrest and isolation.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Paula!

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