Getting back into the swing of the creative process has been a lot of fun. Busy season at my full-time job is squeezing the "creativity sponge," wringing details and plotlines out of the far reaches of my mind. It's funny how new characters will jump out of nowhere, and change everything you thought you knew about your story.
Speaking of which, let me catch you up on the Storms of Tarshish:
Two years have passed since Blake and Mia turned Highland Creek Reservoir upside-down and, as usual, they are in more trouble than they could have asked for. Blake's first year in private school went so well that he was skipped ahead a grade. But now a contempt, bred of familiarity and jealousy, has spread among his peers; and his English Composition teacher is surely out to get him. Mia will be heading for college in less than a year, leaving Blake feeling very insecure about their future. And, worst of all, a gold-digging parasite named Brett Turlow has invaded Blake's life, having latched onto his beloved grandmother, who doesn't seem to mind in the least.
Only one person has the chutzpah to expel this intruder, but he has vanished in the Caribbean -- Carson Urquart, aka: Uncle Arctica.
Blake resigns himself to the futility of the situation, until Mia's loopy aunt Serena insists on sponsoring an expedition to the islands to find Carson. But there's trouble in paradise; annoying, weird, romantic, deadly trouble that will test the strength of their faith, character, patriotism, and love for one another. If I told you any more, you'd have to kill me!
I hope you all have a great summer! Look for another update toward autumn.