Friday, March 9, 2007

Sneak preview

Writing, they say, is lonely work.

After two years of slaving away on my Lake Erie history manuscript, I can personally vouch for that. Sometimes, sitting alone at my desk at night, I wonder whether I'm just writing for myself. People have been generous with their feedback, which is great, but I can always use more.

That's where you come in. I've posted one of four stories that will eventually make up the shipwrecks chapter elsewhere on the InterWeb, and I'd really love to hear your opinions.

To read the excerpt, click here.

When you're done, come on back and post your thoughts. All responses, from confounded to enraged to delighted, are welcome. It's all to make a better book.



Stacey said...

I am currently printing off this story to read leisurely away from the computer, as it feels like i'm doing homework if i read it on the computer. I think i will enjoy it more reading on the couch. But i will certainly comment when i'm done.

Chip said...

I too have printed out your mighy tome for reading. I will curl up in my pirate jammies and read it with a flashlight, under the covers, for maximum effect.

Chad Fraser said...

Excellent. I think it actually reads slightly better if you're wearing an eyepatch. Even though there are no pirates. Yet.

Stacey said...

have read sneak preview, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Apparently i really like a good shipwreck tale!
Seriously though....I love the title first of all, Amy can tell you that she once called me a "bump in the night" when i passed out in the bathroom and woke her up, but that's a tale for another time!
I found that i could really picture the setting from the wording that you chose. You are very descriptive without seeming to be. And no, i'm not just picturing the giant feature film TITANTIC (although i do love Leonardo)!

Cheryl said...

What a captivating tale you have penned! You know that I am a fan of both your blog and your campfire stories but this, well, it exceeded my already high expectations. A Bump in the Night is well-paced, engrossing, accessible and beautifully written. Your love of the subject matter is palpable. I really enjoyed reading it, Chad.

I was first charmed (Lake Erie beckoning, hearts soaring at the sight of a steamer), then dismayed (oh well, there you go. way too many people on that boat), then aghast (removing the ladder! why? who would do such a thing?), then intrigued (a solar powered monitoring system. OPP dispatched from Burlington, you say. very weird) and then satisfied (ahhh. died peacefully. ‘sgood). And, after learning of how you collected the Eidsmoe family info, I was even more impressed.

I can’t say for sure but I think that I may have just developed a crush on you, you talented and clever piece of forbidden fruit, you!

Mom said...

Hi Chad,
I read your excerpt today and found it to be not only interesting but heartwarming. Your descriptive writing style allows the reader to clearly picture the events as they unfold. My heart goes out to those brave early immigrants who endured so much and asked for so little. You make history very interesting, more like a story that is easily read and clearly understood. Great job, Chad!


Chad Fraser said...

What a response. Never mind it was supposed to be an exercise in criticism -- I'm all for the praise. I guess if it speaks to people who aren't normally into shipwreck stories (and who isn't?) I'm on the right track.

Stay tuned for more on Amund. It's kind of neat how I ran across him (as Cheryl so delicately hints).