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...
Enjoy the story!...
...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!...