(For those of you who have been following the weekly postings, Book Two is almost completed, and the final chapters should be posted shortly. Thank you for all your feedback, encouragements, and ideas - Phil).
For those of you who only read completed stories and therefore, may be new to 'Second Time Through' - Welcome!
Here's a little history, I hope will help you:
I work in the construction industry and I have never written before. I fell on a jobsite and broke my femur (the big bone above the knee). Recovery is usually 8 to 10 months, and I was about to go crazy. My doctor recommended I try writing. So I did, writing most of Second Time Through.
Once I returned to work, I dropped it, picking it up to write some more, only when things were slow.
By accident, my sister saw the story (she borrowed my laptop and I had forgotten it was on there) and badgered me into posting it on-line, at this cool site called SoL. I am an amateur, and a first-time amateur, at that. I had not written STT with the intensions of ANYONE else ever reading it. But, I finally gave in, (those of you with little sisters know what I mean) and posted it in October of 2011.
At the time, I didn't have a clue what editors and proofreaders were, or what they actually did, but I learned… the hard way.
Aside from the emails about grammatical and punctuation errors, (which I really did appreciate, believe it or not), the vast majority of the responses were overwhelmingly positive, and many of you requested a sequel. So I started writing STT -Book Two. This time, posting the chapters as I completed them.
Fortune smiled on me as I began to acquire a team of volunteer editors and proofreaders. I cannot tell you how valuable they have been! They are not professionals, and their efforts are strictly voluntarily. Only one of them has ever edited for an SoL author before. But they are accurate and extremely responsive, consistently helping with ideas for improving the story. They have often reviewed a chapter for errors, only to have the entire chapter altered (by me) and then have to review and correct it again. There was one chapter that was rewritten seven times! (I consider myself lucky they didn't quit on that one!)
So my special and heartfelt thanks to Jack, Cassie, LaToya, Bill, and especially Roger. I cannot even imagine having done this without each of you.
My current plans are to go back, and with the help of this same team of volunteers, re-edit and improve Book One, to make it more consistent with Book Two. Then, start tackling Book Three in the series.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, (about the story), please let me know. And as always, THANKS for reading STT.
P/S: For all of you who blessed us with your wonderful e-mails of concern and warm wishes, my wife and I are doing much better now. It is a long road we walk, but finally, a happy one.