I'm still working on the Louisiana book but decided to jump over to the second book in the Noah Chance series and work on it some. I'm 135 pages into it (about 34,000 words) and once again the characters and the story are taking over.

I don't write from an outline and, with few exceptions, really don't know where the books are headed. I may have some general ideas as to settings and concepts but I am usually as surprised by what happens as the readers (although I do get to find out a little earlier).

In Second Chance, a character twisted on me and changed a lot of the story as well as tying in with a topic I have been reading about for some years waiting for it to work into a book.

I'm curious to see where this leads and it did bog me down a little because I had to go back and make a few changes for continuity but the book is moving forward and now has another interesting twist.

For those of you interested, I have updated my appearance schedule and it looks like I will be at a signing in Denton, Tx. in April, at the Indie Book Festival in Houston in April, back at the Natchitoches – NSU Folk Festival in July, and at the Louisiana Studies Conference in September.

If you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, let me know!