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Update: Well, here it is--the new version of Seeking Serenity, starting with a brand-new prologues that sets the story a little ahead of the storyline from the current tale The Sinister Sequel.  Gosh, Serenity and Abbie in college--now I feel old!  Anyhow, every Snoop story needs a book cover, so...
Seeking Serenity, New Book Cover by MisterMistoffelees
Enjoy the story!...
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...because the work I did on the Chapter 8 illustration from The Snowden Snoops: Seeking Serenity has inspired yet another quixotic project! To wit--the editing and re-publishing of the entire story! After all, much of who Serenity Mabrey became springs from the adventure in this story, and the editing of it is a good challenge.

Seeking Serenity was my most ambitious project to that point; a multi-POV, multi-timeline frame story concerning the abduction and captivity of Serenity, told after her rescue and before the trial of her kidnapper. Even the title has multiple meanings, based on the multiple timelines; in one sense, the "seeking" in the title is the young Snoops' and Junior Snoops' quest to find and rescue Serenity; in another, the "seeking" involves Serenity's best friend Abbie seeking to find what has gone wrong with Serenity in the weeks and months after her rescue, for poor Serenity is becoming more and more distraught as the trial approaches, for reasons neither Serenity's family nor Abbie can fathom. And there's even a third meaning in the title; Serenity seeking to find the serenity she has lost through the abduction and its sequel. I designed it to be a complex tale!

The problem was that it was too complicated! There was no small amount of confusion between the timelines, with some readers of the original not being sure whether a particular episode was in the past or the present, and what parts were from Serenity's secret diary or from the actual action of the present-tense story. Throw in, of course, the blizzard of book-saidisms for which I was notorious in those days that cry out to be fixed. Thus, my new project.

Fixing the story.

Of course, I couldn't help adding a new layer of complexity in a new prologue I've already added at the very outset, setting the whole story in the now-current (actually, somewhat in the future) timeline of Serenity and Abbie as second-semester freshmen at Snowden State, facing one final consequence of the whole abduction that at that point was nearly a decade in their past. I've even managed to sketch a new book cover and the first four chapter illustrations! It will take some time, but I'm actually looking forward to the project, which has rejuvenated me a bit in the midst of a dreary period for me. If I'm lucky, I've shed a year or two of how old I feel now that I've started this project! It will be a while before the first of the edited tale shows up, but it's on its way!...
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The home of The Snowden Snoops, a whole troop of intrepid, spunky, bright, adventurous girl sleuths of all ages who track down the bad guys (and bad girls too!) in their hometown of Snowden and its environs. And boy, are there ever lots of mysteries there! And lots of perils for spunky Snoops to fall into!...


Current Residence: The land of Snowden...
Personal Quote: Welcome to Snowden! Enter at your own risk...
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Merry christmas
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MisterMistoffelees Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
And to you, too, MMP!... :D
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Torpedo585R Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks much for the b-day wishes but please, don't mention turkey for a while :O
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MisterMistoffelees Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, how about ham?... :laughing:
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Torpedo585R Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Only with yeggs ;P
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