Rootless Trees is done its first draft!! I've been sitting on it waiting for feedback from my critique partner. I really struggled with the last two scenes. There were a lot of loose ends to tidy. Even in sewing or knitting, I hate doing the loose ends. You have to take time to ensure they are woven in well enough that they don't unravel, nor are seen by the eye (untrained or expert).
I'm very pleased with the horror story. It needed about five sentences for revisions. Unfortunately, that leaves it at novella length. My plan for that manuscript needed another 20,000 words. That would destroy the rhythm of the story. More pondering.
So on to the Icelandic sweater story. I need a reason the two friends will fall out. It needs to be big enough and real enough to cause a rift that can only be mended by some serious growth on the part of the two heroines. No one dies. No one gets divorced. Those are my two rules. These women have been friends for over twenty years. They can say anything to each other. But one of them has to cross a line, no matter how unreasonable it is, for the other to fall out with her. I'm just not sure which line or which one crosses it. Other than that, I have an outline and am pleased.
At this point, I can write the opening as well as get to know the characters. I'm sure the break will reveal itself. In the meantime, the feedback for Rootless Trees was good so I can take it from there.
In other news, my beautiful mulberry tree has been cut back drastically. Two gutters and a house corner were pummeled by the two main branches that curved over the porch. I don't have pictures of the handsome man on my roof taking care to damage the tree as little as possible. He managed to save three main branches, enough for a couple of jars of mulberry jam. I'll spare you the photos. It hurts my heart to stand at my desk and look out the window. One thin branch continues to reach up towards my office and occasionally wave.