Daughters of Heaven

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Links to Posts in Order

I'm now revising my book, Daughters of Heaven. Below are links to the blog posts if you want to look at the trivia and comments for each chapter in the order the events described in the chapters will be for the final book.

If you would like to read the draft book as its current form, feel free to contact me via my website, megstout.com.

I'd like to express my undying gratitude to the folks who read my book between December 2006 and August 2007. You have been my angels.

Foreward: Intro and Symposium Paper
Chapter 01: Crack in the Wall
Chapter 02: The Kitchen Chamber
Chapter 03: Returning Home
Chapter 04: The Blessing
Chapter 05: Promises
Chapter 06: Brother John
Chapter 08: Letters
Chapter 09 : The World of the Dead
Chapter 10 : Tom Sharp
Chapter 11: Forgiveness, arrest, and tea
Chapter 12: Blood and Water
Chapter 13: Harcourt Manning
Chapter 14: Gustin
Chapter 15: Relief Society
Chapter 16: Proposal
Chapter 17 : Expulsion
Chapter 18: Eliza
Chapter 19: The Gems of Peru
Chapter 20: An Everlasting Chain
Chapter 22: The Test
Chapter 23: The Kiss
Chapter 24: Hell and Damnation
Chapter 25: Death and Rage
Chapter 26: Lucinda
Chapter 27: The Handshake
Chapter 28: Missionaries
Chapter 29: Revelation
Chapter 30: High Council
Chapter 31: Nonsense
Chapter 32: Invitation
Chapter 33: The Virgin
Chapter 34: Sacrifice
Chapter 34R: Revision
Chapter 35: The Hearth
Chapter 36: Jane
Chapter 37: June in Nauvoo
Chapter 38: Carthage
Chapter 39: The Tree of Life
Chapter 40: Light and Truth
Chapter 41: Proxies
Chapter 42: Birthdays
Chapter 43: Eternity and Time

Friday, September 28, 2007

070928 Facebook, Cutting, WOTF, etc.

One of the cool and unanticipated outcomes of attending OSC Boot Camp is that I have gained admittance to Codexwriters.com - a private online enclave of published writers. And they are amazingly fun to read. Unfortunately, it really is a private thing, so I can't tell you any of what I've read there. You'll just have to go become a published writer and join it yourself.

But one thing codexwriters does is post a little picture by each comment. And my husband asked if I was on facebook. So I wandered over to my facebook and found a few friends. Facebook is really neat. Don't let those young folks hoard it to themselves.

So I'm playing hooky from writing a story that I plan to submit to Writers of the Future (must be postmarked NLT midnight Sunday (effectively 2300 Saturday)). The world concept occurred to me a few weeks ago, but it took a while for a compelling story to grow on me enough to write. More about WOTF later.

But now to link you to blog happiness - Jake Freivald has performed his literary surgery on one of my pieces - a bit of historical fiction derived from the life of my great grandparents. I figured out the possible tale behind the dates and published story a few months ago. Check it out at:


Now of to consume food and give birth to a story.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

070829 Jonathan's Tale

Wow - Boot camp was a great experience.

Fortunately, unfortunately, I will be choosing to take advantage of what I learned by rewriting everything that has happened so far. For most folks, that means they will want to just bow out until I'm finally done, for crying out loud. But for the few, the perserverent, I will continue to maintain this blog.

Two big changes are:

1) I will be telling part of the story from Jonathan's point of view. This will be interesting because I have realized that both Jonathan and Marietta were in a unique position relative to earlier church events. In fact, a future book or novella I plan to write covers their story during 1834-1837.

2) I will be starting this novel from the day Marietta gives birth to her daughter, Mary.

One of the big things folks at the OSC Writers Worshop online focus on is the opening of a story. You want the first 13 lines to leave the reader eager to know more. Orson Scott Card was kind enough to help me work the beginning of my stuff - I'm adding the process here for posterity to know what OSC spared them.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter 33 - The Vision

Trivia - An established author with whom I will be attending a writing workshop (Aug 2007) shared information on writing a 1000-word synopsis of one's novel, describing the crisis and climax of the tale.

That's how I realized that the events in the chapter titled "The Virgin" were the climax of the first part of the book (Elvira's story). But I hadn't written it as a climax.

As I transformed the previous chapter to meet the structural needs of my fiction, I felt I needed to add this chapter as well.

The imagery of fire and glass, of Scylla and Charibdis, are present in scripture (Rev 15:2, D&C 130:7) and classical literature.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter 17 - Expulsion

Trivia - The appalling thing about my decision to stick with all known historical facts in my fictional tale is that I have been able to go back and insert major events without causing major structural damage to my later narrative.

For those who do not know the fictional from the factual, the basic facts of the major characters in this chapter are true - dates, who leaves, what is published, the search party and the way they found the man they were looking for. Elvira and Jonathan didn't keep journals during this time, so while their part of the story is plausible, I certainly hope they didn't have to live what I put them through in this fiction. But what I imply about JCB is based on documents and affidavits.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Meg's Book - Chapter 12 - Blood and Water

Trivia - Summer 1841 was an awful time, only to be exceeded by the summer of 1842. Joseph Smith was particularly saddened by the death of his younger brother, Don Carlos. I can't help think that Joseph must have wished that a different man had died of malarial fever...

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