I'm overjoyed that Laila's story is no longer in my head. The story came to a satisifying end today and now all that’s needed is some very careful polishing so readers will enjoy Book Two in the Sheridan series.
I’m tremendously touched by the family and friends that supported me as I worked to bring this novel to fruition. Now, I know many fans are watching my South Beach progress meter, so let me explain why it still shows a small percentage of the novel listed as not done. That’s because the revision process puts more depth in the story. More depth usually equals increased word count.
Very few people jump for joy at the thought of revising. But it doesn’t have to be a grueling, gut-wrenching process, either. It is said that Michelangelo, when asked how he had sculpted his masterpiece, David, replied, “I looked at the stone and removed all that was not David.”
Not a bad description of the novel revision process. From the mass of words you have created, you’ll take away all that is not your novel. You’ll chisel and add, touch up, and cut, but in the end what you want is your story in its purest form.
And only an author can decide what form that will be. (Okay, the editor helps a lot too.)
I learned some valuable lessons about love and friendship from Laila and her best friends in South Beach and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you soon.
On a personal note: Today was also Whitney Houston’s funeral service here in New Jersey. It touched me in a way I never imagined. She left us too soon and my prayers are with Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, her mother Cissy, and all of her family and friends.
Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California this evening. The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) despite all resuscitation efforts.
Whitney Houston was among the A-list performers planning to attend veteran music mogul Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party Saturday at the same hotel, the see-and-be-seen event of the year.
I'm at a loss for words right now. My prayers are with her family. Rest In Peace, Whitney.
Billboard has compiled Houston's top 20 Hot 100 singles, and
unsurprisingly, "I Will Always Love You" tops the tally. It is followed by the buoyant "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," which was her
fourth of 11 career No. 1s on the list.
All 11 of her hits on presented on the recap (below) and also happen to comprise her entire top 11 singles on this tally.
Whitney Houston's Top 20 Hot 100 Hits
Rank - Title - (Year) - Hot 100 Peak Position (weeks spent at No. 1)
1. "I Will Always Love You" (1992) - No. 1 (for 14 weeks)
2. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (1987) - No. 1 (2 weeks)
3. "Greatest Love Of All" (1986) - No. 1 (3 weeks)
4. "All The Man That I Need" (1990) - No. 1 (2 weeks)
5. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (1990) - No. 1 (1 week)
6. "So Emotional" (1987) - No. 1 (1 week)
7. "How Will I Know" (1985) - No. 1 (2 weeks)
8. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" (1987) - No. 1 (2 weeks)
9. "Saving All My Love For You" (1985) - No. 1 (1 week)
10. "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (1995) - No. 1 (1 week)
11. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" (1988) - No. 1 (2 weeks)
12. "My Love Is Your Love" (1999) - No. 4
13. "Heartbreak Hotel" (featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price) (1999) - No. 2
14. "You Give Good Love" (1985) - No. 3
15. "I Have Nothing" (1993) - No. 4
16. "One Moment In Time" (1988) - No. 5
17. "I Believe In You and Me" (1996) - No. 4
18. "I'm Every Woman" (1993) - No. 4
19. "Count On Me" (Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans) (1996) - No. 8
20. "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (1999) - No. 4