Not conductive to the muse. So I am editing. I finished incorporating Katie's edits into Forging a Legend--thanks, Katie!-- and now I am polishing. Lots of things have changed since 2005, when I wrote this novel, including my word choices. So I'm going through the whole thing, paragraph by paragraph. The lovely Lisa and Kristin have both volunteered to reread it when I am finished. I don't know what it is about this book; I'm just not willing to give it up.
Regarding East of Yesterday: I'm feeling grateful that I had a grandparent born in 1895. She was very old when I was in high school--much older than my friends' grandmothers. No one else had a grandparent born in the previous century. She had WONDERFUL stories when I was growing up. She always called Woolworth's the "five and dime". I learned all about the lunch counters that they used to have there, and various other details I was able to incorporate in this brief scene:
A waitress stopped before him. "What's your name?" she asked.
"Mike," he said before he remembered to use his last name.
She seemed unfazed by his informality. "Well, Mr. Mike--what'll it be?"
"Oh, some coffee and scrambled eggs, I guess."
Someone joined him on his right. "Morning," he said as he opened his paper.
Mike glanced at him. He was in a suit similar to his. "Morning," he replied.
The waitress thumped a teacup and saucer before him, and filled it with coffee. He looked around for creamer, but all he saw was a little metal milk pitcher. He took it and poured some in, then dug some sugar cubes out of a bowl with a spoon and dropped them in.
He decided to start his housekeeper search here. He would probably be seeing these men every morning, after all. It would be a step above hiring someone through an ad.
"Anyone know of someone looking for a housekeeper job?"
Silence. Then a "Nope," and a "Not me."
Mike stirred his coffee and wondered how long it would take for the sugar cubes to dissolve.
"If you don't mind a Negro, I know someone," the guy on his left said.
And ugh--an agent has had the complete MS for Starcaster for almost four months!