Shades of Milk and Honey extra: Automaton of a monkey…

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Shades of Milk and Honey Easter Eggs

In Chapter 12, Mr. Dunkirk is talking about his sister Beth.

Mr. Dunkirk paused for a moment of reflection. Sighing a bit, he continued. “I was away at school, as was my brother, Richard. I like to think that I might have noticed if I had been home. She was always a dreamy child, given to romantic fantasies. Once, she sent me a story she had written in which a clockmaker created an automaton of a monkey as a means of winning the love of his fair lady. Such fancy!

You might recall that I wrote a story called “Evil Robot Monkey.”  The story got its title from Beth’s namesake. Continue reading ›

Shades of Milk and Honey extra: Deleted scene from Chapter 2

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Shades of Milk and Honey Easter Eggs

This short scene originally completed Chapter 2. It would begin on page 35 if it were still extant.

Deleted scene: Mr. Dunkirk engaged to call... SelectShow

The reason I cut the scene was that it placed too much emphasis on the Dunkirk’s visit. Since I needed the ball to be Chapter Three, one would have gone into the scene wondering about the Dunkirk’s visit so I removed the immediacy of the engagement to visit.

Shades of Milk and Honey easter egg: Deleted scene. The original chapter 24

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Shades of Milk and Honey Easter Eggs

I started writing Shades of Milk and Honey for NaNoWriMo, in which one tries to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month.  When I hit the finish line, I stopped to re-read what I’d written and decided to toss the last six chapters and rewrite, changing the plot in the process.

This is the last chapter I wrote in the original plot.  The events leading up to it are somewhat different. While I was able to reuse much of the text that I cut when I reworked the novel, this scene got cut completely.

It’s a shame because I had to solve a thorny theological problem to write this.  It’s set in a church, which raised the question: What would miracles look like in a world with magic?

Oh, you’ll also get to see notes to myself from when I wrote it since this scene never got past the first draft stage.

Mild spoilers: The original Chapter Twenty-four SelectShow