Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Finished!

I just finished the first draft of my next book, THE CHRONICLES OF CHRISTMAS.  It's the reason I haven't been blogging much lately.

Now I get to revise it, then have people critique it, then revise it again, and then I'll send it to my agent.  Here's the single-sentence pitch:

A team of scientists taking ice core samples at the North Pole finds a book buried deep in the ice; a book that tells the origins of Santa Clause, and the story of the first Christmas he delivered presents to children.

More to come, on this and other subjects.  See you soon...

17 comments:

Laurel said...

YAY! That sounds awesome, Rick. Fun, fun, fun. Good luck.

Not The Rockefellers said...

wonderful news! best of luck

Peace ~ Rene

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh that sounds lovely! Congratulations! :D

Glad to see you around.

Sharon said...

Was wondering where you've been?! Figured a funny kid story had to have happened since the last post-

Bane of Anubis said...

Congrats, and good luck w/ the revisions (and sign me up as a volunteer to critique if needed).

Rick Daley said...

Thanks! Rest assured, the kids have not stopped doing funny things. I've just been too self-absorbed to write about them. But now that I have this book (mostly) off my chest, I should be able to share a few tales with greater frequency.

kdrausin said...

Congrats on finishing and great pitch!

Kristi Helvig said...

Congrats--finishing that first draft is an amazing feeling!!!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Awesome! The story sounds great. Can't wait to see how it goes! :)

Rich said...

I love the story line! We have missed your blog but understand what staying focused is all about.

Sned me a copy and I'll give it a read, may have an idea or two.

Dad

scott g.f.bailey said...

Rick rulez! What's the word count?

Rick Daley said...

Scott- right now it's just over 32,000 words. Middle Grade is good for shorter novels. I'll probably add in more and bring it close to 40,000 through the revision. I added a lot of detail to the story at the end that needs to be set up in the beginning / middle.

Marjorie said...

Santa Clause or Santa Claus?

Rick Daley said...

Marjorie-I'm going with Clause. I big part of the story is how he got that name. It has nothing to do with St. Nick...

Steph Damore said...

Very cool, congrats! Have fun with the revisions :)

Scott said...

Congrats, Rick. Did you ever finish the Jesus in New York story?

Rick Daley said...

Steph- Thanks! Actually, the revisions are going great, I feel confident about where I am taking this story, and each page I touch up makes the whole thing stronger.

Scott- EARTH'S END got pushed to the back burner, but I will finish it one day. I want to tell the rest of that story.