Usually when another piece of this saga has been published, an accompanying entry is brief; it’s up and you can find it here. But while I plan to release this tale in a formal manner, more needs to be acknowledged. Making the conclusion available closes a large circle that I couldn’t have dreamed when first starting this book over four years ago.
I wasn’t a grandmother then, my familial role that of supporting my parents while Dad battled cancer, occasionally helping out my offspring when the need arose. This tale started humbly, but quickly I sensed a wider scope emerging. At the same time, my father underwent chemotherapy while quilts knocked on my door. Writing fell by the wayside; it was difficult concentrating and sewing required less brain power. Then my youngest became pregnant, followed by her elder sister and….
Suddenly my existence as an author seemed to have vanished on a stiff wind. Now I wonder if not for The Hawk, might I have eschewed writing altogether? Yet there was a story to tell, at times bigger than I thought I could tackle. In bits and chunks I wrote, then decided to simultaneously publish what had accumulated. That too kept me writing, although the more I fashioned, the longer this tale grew.
In the interim, babies were born, my dad passed. Eric, Lynne, and the rest became an extension of my own clan; when not writing, I wondered when I might return to their realm, and when I was working, I pondered how blessed was my life with The Burrito, Little Miss, and Miss Em. My father would find their antics amusing, perhaps how he views my foray into fiction. How I see my novelistic endeavors has altered, and this story stands like a demarcation; closing my eyes, I easily recall my previous life as an author, but in taking a good look, that woman appears half formed.
Maybe that is simply indicative of life’s changes, but how often do we get a guidebook or pamphlet in the middle of such transitions? For me, that is what The Hawk has become, a Life Echo minus the sound. Yet melodic memories waft right over my head, laying their healing beauty within my ears as I read Eric’s laments, Lynne’s dreams, Stanford’s hesitations, Laurie’s joy, Sam’s eagerness, Renee’s hopes, Marek’s wisdom, Seth’s fears, Klaudia’s wariness. My goodness, that’s quite a collection, but The Hawk isn’t a small novel, lol. It’s many love stories, a few tragedies. It’s fact and fantasy set in the 1960s and thank the Lord it’s finally finished. The entire collection is available on Smashwords, and will be released in full on various other online retailers soon.