My Editor is a Genius
Jenny Lynn has now outlined the first major edit of ‘The Mandolin Case.’ I like this lady. She took her time and asked a lot of questions. We began to work on a few minor things while she got her thoughts together. Now we are ready to dig in. I have much work to do but she is convinced my draft will be ready for consideration in the meetings we have scheduled this fall. After that, she plans one more start to finish tune-up, then it should be ready for 2010.
Jenny is a genius. She has been in and out of Harvey Country several times, and has been able to get some things done even Dr. Bibey could not do.
What I’m getting ready to tell you is what we call ‘graveyard talk’ around here. You will know things few outside of Harvey County know. It is only fitting. If you have read this far you deserve a leg up on the general public. When you read ‘The Mandolin Case’ you will understand some things the naive reader will have to guess about.
Somehow Jenny Lynn figured out how to get people to talk. Maybe it was that fiddle. I sent her some old tapes of Indie’s and she did some serious woodshedding. Anything that reminds people of Indie tends to open them up a bit. She negotiated at length with a major player in ‘The Mandolin Case,’ and has now secured his permission. His name is Bones.
Bones no longer lives in Harvey County but his heart is still here. I knew him as kid. He will not allow me to disclose his current location. I was aware of his role in the case, but he would never agree to let me discuss it until Jenny talked him into it. In a way I was willing to take the hit for him; I thought his part of the story needed to be told. After Jenny talked it over with him he decided that wouldn’t be fair and gave in.
You may wonder about all this secrecy. There are many reasons. The most important is patient privacy. It is imperative, but there are are other reasons too. With ‘The Mandolin Case’ I’m gonna take you deep into a world of money and power, a world few folks know about, and one the players would rather I not discuss. I can promise you the money crowd would prefer I not talk. Therefore the story either has to be encrypted or it can’t be told.
As I have said before, there is a Lit Professor quote I love. “For it to be good fiction, it need not necessarily have happened but it must be true.” To that end, I have been careful not tell tell any facts, but still show the truth.
After Jenny Lynn discussed it with Bones he was O.K. with it, but he still won’t let me give him up. And I always keep my promises. His whereabouts, his career plans, and his deepest secrets are safe with me.