This week I am deep into the renovations on James's room. Yesterday was two coats of paint. My arms and hands are a bit sore today from the paint roller and all the wall that got painted that is higher than my head.
His dragon wallpaper border arrived yesterday as well, and I'm sooooo happy that it matches the curtains and bedspread so well. The pieces are all coming together for a great ending. I think James is going to love his room.
I'm also doing edits on Lily and the Lawman and on one sheets for some projects I want to pitch at the ACFW Conference next month. (Man, is that ticker clicking off the days!) I realized today that the renovations on the bedroom are much like the renovations to a novel.
- The structure is there in the room, the walls, the windows, the closet, the light fixtures. And the structure is there in the novel, the characters, the setting, the plot.
- The room needed organization and cleaning up, and some color and window treatments added. The novel needs organization and cleaning up for sure, and a deepening of the description and dialogue and some color.
- With the novel, I'm hoping for an exciting payoff at the end, a pleasant surprise for James--one I hope he will be satisfied with. And with the novel, I'm hoping that a reader will be pleased with the payoff, the happily-ever-after they were anticipating, that they will be satisfied.