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Plugging away on Jingle Boys. Nearly done with my first full draft and, as things go, it's always hard to say goodbye. Fun things happen, sad things happen, scary things happen, and I'm working hard to make it a good read. A few more things to research, then personal life will keep me busy for a few weeks. Hopefully, soon, I'll take my novel away for a long weekend, sequester myself, and return with a clean second draft. Next, a full professional editorial review and a final draft after that. My hope is to be ready with a publish-ready draft before the end of the year.
Be good to me muses!
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I've been spending a fair amount of my time working on Jingle Boys, my new period piece set in 1943.
This time, I follow the trials Wally Lipkin and his friends as they navigate New York in the middle of WWII. Wally is a gifted eighteen year-old piano player with the same fears and hopes of other young men facing service on the front line—only Wally has a little problem. He faints whenever his fears or anxieties get the best of him. This could create a real challenge if he was to find himself on a battlefield. His uncle came back from the Great War with a similar problem and they locked him up over at Brooklyn State Hospital.
Now, poor Wally thinks he's got a choice between two horrible options—serve in a war which will surely spell his doom, or tell his family and the government about his problem to avoid the war, only to get locked up for the rest of his life.
That's when luck strikes in the form of a jingle contest over at WKOB, "The Voice of Brooklyn." The station is running a contest for a war bond jingle and the winner gets fifty bucks, local fame, and a government job—the perfect chance for Wally to serve his country, but avoid the consequences of his condition.
Of course, nothing so good has ever happened to Wally, and there's more to the contest than meets the eye. There's even a beautiful young woman involved who could spell trouble for Wally with a capital "T."
His adventures take him to dangerous places, both in the world and in his mind. Soon, it's not only his life on the line, but the fate of humanity. Yep, things get serious, fast!
If things go according to plan, Jingle Boys should be available by the end of 2020.