"Edson’s vivid portrayal of the urban area, as well as the working class and underclass, creates a vision of Saint John that highlights the discrepancy between the pre-modern idyllic notion of life in Atlantic Canada and the more complicated reality of the region."

-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Moon is Real

Yesterday I finished the first draft of a new novel called The Moon is Real...It's kind of a sequel to The Dirty Milkman where it revisits Charlie and Prin and we find out what they've been doing the last five or six years. It also dips into A Place of Pretty Flowers where Jeremy Wiggins and Jimmy S. find themselves in the middle of a dangerously absurd predicament.

The story looks at that very thin line between fantasy and reality and how we sometimes need to go a little crazy in order to stay sane. The structure of the novel is similar to A Place of Pretty Flowers where the story starts at a scene then breaks off into separate stories that intertwine and find their way back to where it all began. I had fun with that template for Flowers and I think it works with this story too.

It's still a few years away from publication but it's exciting to have a full manuscript in front of me to work with. It currently sits at 51,000 words and am hoping to reach that 60,000 mark that has eluded me in the past.