After-Writing

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n a “Crankshaft” cartoon strip, a librarian writes a book. When she feels it’s finished she discovers the after-writing is more difficult and complex than the writing itself.

After I’d written Peter’s Diary: The Story of Ross, I tried to interest a publisher got rejection paraphrased here: “We’ve just accepted a manuscript in this genre and don’t believe we can work with another.” I focused on technical writing after that.

Technical writing went well, so that’s another story.

I made several attempts at short fiction, but except for a very short item in Reader’s Digest, there was no success for my portfolio.

With time on my hands after retiring, I wrote An Odyssey of Illusions and submitted it to about 10 publishers. It was accepted by one and I thought I had the world by the tail. KAWO! Instead of a real success, the acceptance was a lesson in what I call a publishing puppy mill. But, used copies are still available on Amazon.

So I’ve started my after-writing program for the re-named, “rejected one” with helpful comments novella manuscript.

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Jason Finn from rural Jordan Valley, Malheur County, Oregon, becomes a multi-language document reader for the CIA after being graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 at age 20. He uses declassified sections from his personal dairy to write his story that could well be a travelogue of curiosity, intrigue, mystery, and confusing relationships.
The zither produced score from one of Finn’s Grandfather’s favorite 1940s black and white spy movies, The Third Man, frequently plays his head as he spends just over a year outside his professional and personal comfort zones.
His field assignments become confusing and meaningless to him, and there are few opportunities for satisfying personal relationships as a document reader. The young agent resigns from the CIA and returns to rural Oregon. A discovery about his grandfather gives his CIA field activities a meaning he hadn’t anticipated.
But, like his change of duties from the mundane reading room to mysterious field assignments, some after-career events are unpredictable. Driving away from an ideal location for viewing the 2017 solar eclipse in totality over southeast Oregon is just one of the things he hadn’t anticipated.

In anticipation, (or wishful thinking) I should spend a little time on front-matter, cover, etc., etc.