Wednesday, February 28, 2007

YAHOOOOOO! I DID IT!!!

This January, I made three resolutions. One of them was to finish the novel I've been writing for the past twenty months. And I did it! Four hundred and eighty-five pages and one thousand, three hundred and fifty words later EMMA SHELBY IS NO MORE is written!

I'm sorry that I disappered this week, but I simply had to get it done. I was too close to the end and what a journey this has been!

For those of you who emailed me wondering where I was, and if I was all right, I thank you for your caring and concern. Now, I hope to have more time to sit and shmooze. I missed you all too.

Wanna know what the book is about? Here is a rough synopsis.

Emma Shelby was an orphan. Her father was killed in the Korean War a few months before she was born, and when she was seventeen her mother died from complications of the flu. Luckily, she was an honour student and was able to get a full scholarship to study at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

That is where she meets Rafiq Moussa, a Lebanese Muslim.

Due to a personal tragedy, the Moussa's moved to America where they thought they could pick up the pieces of their life and build a future.

Emma knows nothing about life. Rafiq knows too much.

Emma finds herself thrown into a world of belly dancers, exotic spices and a culture so strange that she forgets for awhile the dreams she had and the degree in literature that she struggled so hard to earn.

Then, when a stranger knocks on her door, her whole life is turned upside down. Everyone she thought she could trust and believe in has betrayed her.

Is Rafiq's and Emma's love strong enough to carry them to a safe place where each can honor the other's culture while not giving up their own beliefs along the way? Can Emma trust him, or anyone ever again?

These are some of the questions Emma is forced to ask herself. The questions are easy, finding the answers are much more complicated.


Well, folks that's it in a nutshell. What a joy it was writing this story. I'm going to miss all these wonderful characters who have been keeping me company for nearly two years.

Thanks for missing me...I missed you too....owee owee owee as Rafi would say.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.

20 Comments:

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous John said...

Wow! Congratulations! What an achievement. One hurdle down. One more to go.

I toast you with my toast!

- John

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

And the name of the sequel ?

The Guv

 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous the eskimo lady said...

YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU DID IT!YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU DID IT! And i can not wait to buy a copy and read it!! KOL H'KAVOD!!!!

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

yahoooooooooooooo john...b'tayavon...thanks sooooooooo much...wish you were here...wish you were critiquing...sigh...thanks thanks thanks

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

ahhhhhhhhh guv...the sequal? i am up to here with editing and praying fiercely that emma gets published...ahhh the things that dreams are made of...hiiiiiiiiiiii honey

 
At 5:17 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

eskimo lady...we'll talk soon...thank you soooooooooooo much

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Geologychick said...

I'm so happy that you are OK... I missed your posts this week! Hopefully we'll get to read the book, soon!

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger torontopearl said...

Chazak, chazak v'nitchazek! Pat yourself on the back; well deserved!
Hope the book goes far and wide as hoped and thought.

 
At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Esther said...

Oh Wow Mar..that red carpet is one step nearer for me and you now.(niece in another play )I can't wait for Sarah to play Emma and for us to meet before the oscar's over a nice glass of bubbly:)and discuss what we will wear lol

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous yehupitz said...

Writing a book!? That is so awesome. A dream! Mazel Tov!

Please offer any advice on how to maintain the resolve to write.

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger muse said...

wow!
You left us in suspense!
Glad you're ok, I was worrying.

 
At 12:47 AM, Blogger Perez said...

That sounds like a great book. Sounds like a book I would like to read.

Take care-perez

 
At 3:45 AM, Blogger Sheryl said...

Mazel Tov!! What a terrific accomplishment.
May this be the first of many, many more.
You did it!!

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks 'chick...wouldn't that be something??? yahoooooo

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks sooooooo much pearl...i don't have to tell you how this feels...you write greatttttt stuff...thanks so much for caring and sharing my dear friend

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom miriam...thanks so much...and the oscar goes to...sigh...but wouldn't that be a pip??? if you build it they will come...tell sarah to break a leg :)

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

shalom yehpitz...you just godda wanna...and you godda love these characters and need to see them safely to the other shore...i am also part of a writing group and that helps a whole lot...huge help...i would love to see anything you have written if you'd like to share

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

sorry muse...you know how it is...the house/the kids/the phones/the job/the emails/the kids/the hubby/...so i simply turned everything off and wrote the final chapters...let me know when you are wandering around the city/shuk and lets meet for coffee

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks perez...i'd love to see it in book form lolol

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks sheryl...what a journey...hope all is well with you and yours...thaks for dropping in

 

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