Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Update on work

Well, I'm briefly coming up for air, and thought I'd add a bit to my blog.  The majority of the work needed to finish up Dahveed 4 is done.  I'm pleased with the way the story has shaped itself.  It's possible that it will be ready for advanced readers in a couple more days.  Once they are done with critiques, I will re-edit, re-write, and re-read yet again!  Then it has to go to the people who do line editing for me, and once they get done with it, corrections have to be put in . . . But I'm still on track for a fall release of the book, barring unforeseen circumstances.  

And once that is done, I will begin on Dahveed 5.  That means I will have to review all my note cards (about 6000 of them), refresh my mind on what's in the Bible for that part of Dahveed's life, and then figure out how I'm going to mix together three coronations, a civil war, General Abner, General Joab, the Philistines, the Araunah and Jebus, King Yira and Moab, and, of course, Balak ben Hod, and come out with something besides chaos.  Then there is the conundrum of time.  If Dahveed reigned in Hebron seven years after Shaul's death before becoming king of Israel, and he became king of Israel shortly after Eshbaal's death, but Eshbaal only reigned for two years after his father died, what happened to the extra five years????


  1. Thanks for the update! I got on your blog to ask those very questions, and you had read my mind:-)

    On a completely different subject, is it at all useful to you when people point out typos or grammatical errors post-publication? I know the hard copies of Dahveed I and II would be difficult to go back and fix, but is it any different with a book released only electronically? I just thoroughly enjoy your writing, and the former English teacher in me longs to help, if I can:-)

  2. @3coolkidsmom
    It is extremely helpful!! Please feel free. For an electronic book, I will need a four or five word phrase which contains the error. I've already received about three lists of errors for Dahveed 3, but every list had some things on it that the others missed. I'm ready to upload a corrected copy of Dahveed 3, so if you have corrections, please let me know, and I'll wait for them. Send an e-mail to the e-mail address on my web page. Thanks so much!

    Terri Fivash

  3. Hi Terri... are you interested in a Spanish translation? Happy sabbath :)

  4. Are you also going to work in something on Edom and the copper mines? Several of my family members who all love the Dahveed books were very excited about these NOVA and National Geographic shows/articles:

    These, taken along with these verses, seem to provide interesting fodder for the story!

    2 Samuel 8:13-14
    And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
    He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.

    And also 1 Kings 11:15-16
    Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom.
    Joab and all the Israelites stayed there for six months, until they had destroyed all the men in Edom.

    Interesting, isn't it?!

    Praying that writing and editing is going very well for you!

  5. @Jsn Not at this time, but it's in the back of my mind!

    @ Janine. Oh, yes! I saw the NOVA special, and suddenly a whole lot about what David did in Edom made a lot more sense! I'd been wondering about it so, yes, look for more about that in book 6!

    And thanks to everyone who is praying for me and my writing. It makes a difference.

    Terri Fivash

  6. Hi Terri, if you need another "advanced reader" cum spelling Nazi, I would be delighted (and extremely grateful!) to assist!