Dead Darlings

Whenever you feel the impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — whole-heartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.  Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

At last!  The Darlings are Dead!  It took me longer than I expected to ferret them all out and kiss them good-bye.  But as Callinda morphs from the original draft (written when I was severely incapacitated by my bipolar disorder), stuff that made sense doesn’t any more.  Situations I loved, plot twists that made me cackle in delight, characters I wished I knew in real life just don’t fit.  In fact, they pulled the story off plumb and made me twist myself in knots trying to pound them in place.

I apologize deeply to those of you who have been following the exploits of Queen Marapura and her band of Merry Men—for messing with the story enough that you might have to go back and reread some of it.  If you’d like me to outline the changes for you, just leave a comment for me and I’ll be happy to send you an email.

All the chapters have been tweaked (darlings, darlings everywhere), but the major changes are in Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16 and Chapter 18.  Sorry.  Oh, so sorry.

To start at Chapter One, click here, or scroll through the nested files under “Heaving Bosoms” in the banner headline above.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 18:33:19

    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Hope you are staying warm this weekend.


  2. Kaitlin
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 18:57:49

    Is that where that phrase comes from? Amazingly, I’ve never seen the full quote.


  3. Lyn Ghormley
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 23:08:16

    Sandy — thank you for the Christmas card — it’s beautiful, as is your writing here. Nice to be in touch again! Please send me your email address, so we can catch up.



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