Happy Throwback Thursday, friends.
For today’s throwback, I’m taking a [not so] long walk back to 2018. The month was October, and one of my Bloggyville sisters, Rhonda Blackhurst, invited me to participate in NaNoWriMo with her. With all the health issues and pain I had been dealing with, I was taken aback even further when said health issues and pain brought about an entirely different problem – depression. So, I was truly in a pit of despair when Rhonda’s invitation came, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I could physically even commit to writing my name the following month, much less a minimum of 50,000 words.
But Rhonda is a sweetheart, and I wasn’t about to decline her kind invitation. At the time, while I’d often contemplated joining the ranks of the millions of NaNoWriMo success stories, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, etc., had held me back in the past. (I had, so far, been able to pen a first draft in a mere month on more than one occasion, but never in a November when life is hectic with thoughts of Thanksgiving, decorating the house, company coming, company staying, etc. The mere thought of it seemed too stressful to even attempt.)
But now that I had my own personal cheerleader (Thanks, Rhonda!), I knew I just had to make it happen, both for her and for myself. I had an entire file of story ideas in my arsenal, but as I read through each of them, I feared that if I was unable to complete the challenge, I’d forever ruin a potentially really great book. My confidence was already waning, and this just shook it more. I couldn’t risk it.
So, I turned to the recent news headlines that most personally spoke to me and thought What could make a #MeToo story unique? It was definitely an Aha! Moment when I realized that a Joan of Arc twist would raise eyebrows, and in that moment, I had my story.
During that November, my previously mentioned vitamin deficiency was still undiagnosed, and as the month approached, we got a call from some out-of-towners that they would like to come to Florida and spend the holiday with us. We were in the middle of a major renovation project that Sister Michelle and I were doing ourselves, and we had to amp things up to be done before the company arrived. At one point, I became so physically incapacitated that I had to stop the renovation work and literally teach Michelle how to hang and texture drywall from the sidelines while I supervised.
But despite it all, I still managed to write something each and every day of November, and as it turned out, I found that I enjoyed daily writing every bit as much as even more than I ever had! (As a matter of fact, I don’t foresee a time where I will ever skip another NaNoWriMo again!) I completed my first NaNoWriMo with 70,900 words under my belt, and by mid-January, wrote “The End” on the first draft which clocked in at 98,000 words.
At any rate, without further ado, I offer you the synopsis of “Under Seraphs’ Wings.”
For years, Rumer has managed to keep the details of her youth a secret from just about everyone except her husband, Cody. As the #MeToo movement starts then gains momentum, she remains resolute in her silence.
But twenty-nine years after she was brutally gang-raped at a high school party, the Vice President of the United States announces that he has a terminal illness and will be stepping down. And the President taps one of her attackers to replace the second in command.
Rumer knows she will be risking her career, her family’s safety, and her standing in the community if she comes forward with her story. After all, it will be difficult enough to admit to the Senate Judicial Committee, not to mention testifying in front of the entire world, that just months prior to her attack, she was institutionalized because she admitted to the wrong person that God talks to her. But she knows she will lose all credibility if it comes out that God warned her ahead of time that she would be raped – and that she went to the party anyway.
Hold on tight as you travel with Rumer through the twists and turns of this psychological thriller, and watch justice unfold as the assailant becomes the prey in UNDER SERAPHS’ WINGS.
Let’s talk: Have you ever done something for the sole purpose of not letting someone else down, then found that you actually enjoyed it more than you ever imagined you would? Have you ever let fear of the unknown keep from you doing something that you later found out you enjoyed? Do you participate in NaNoWriMo?
I have been invited to participate in NaNoWriMo, Rachel, but have not been able to get over my fear of actually starting to write a novel.
You would do great, Mark! You’re an excellent writer and have so many interesting things to share.
Thank you for your faith, Rachel.
Great piece, Rachel, and the story sounds fantastic! You are an inspiration. Write on, sister!
Thank you! ❤
Jumping the high hurdles like a prime thoroughbred on a mission…well done, young Rachel.
Thank you, Kind Sir! You always know how to lift my spirits. 🙂 ❤
Deserved, Ms Rachel
I do not participate in NaNo. My writing time is never consistently available. I may get three days in some months and a dozen in others. It doesn’t appear that I need that motivation, since I produce plenty of work over the year.
This is true. You, my friend, are one of the most industrious writers I know! 🙂
Rachel this story sounds captivating! What an accomplishment. Glad you took a chance!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Congratulations on completing your manuscript, Rachel! That is a quite an accomlishment! I’ve done the NaPoWriMo in April–writing a poem each day, but not the novel writing challenge in November.
I have, however, had to sometimes research and write thousands of words in a few days to finish a non-fiction manuscript, and I’ve read a lot of #MeToo stories. My reference book on sexual harassment will be out in a month or two.
Congratulations Rachel for pushing through and completing Under Seraphs’ Wings! It sounds like an interesting story and I hope you publish it eventually 🙂
Thank you so much! I’m hoping to get there sooner rather than later. 🙂
I’m so so so glad you participated in NaNo with me. It was great fun and so much easier having you beside me on the journey! I can’t wait to read your book! 🙂
No, thank YOU! I’m afraid you’ve got me for the duration now that I’m hooked. 🙂 ❤