Neversink: An Editing Saga By Barry Wolverton
I am honored to be a guest blogger on Cari’s Book Blog today. So I thought I would share something special — a scene that didn’t make it into the final version of the book. (By the way, if you’re really interesting in the writing and editing process, I encourage you to pick up my DVD box set: NEVERSINK: AN AUTHOR’S JOURNEY, a 1700-disc set depicting approximately 10,000 hours of me writing and revising NEVERSINK over a six-year period — edited so you can watch in one uninterrupted sitting of just over a year.)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this snapshot. The scene below appeared early in the book, as the sea-bird colony at Auk’s Landing is preparing for a party thrown by Egbert, a know-it-all walrus who is determined to spread his love of literature, even though most animals at this point in history can’t read or write. Egbert has just arrived at the party with Lockley Puffin, his best friend and the book’s hero, and Ruby, the vagrant hummingbird and resident thorn in Egbert’s side.
Now I happen to think the scene was charming and funny, and not without purpose. It shows the kind of interplay between Egbert and Ruby that defines their relationship, reinforces Egbert’s personality as a lovable blowhard, and establishes a running joke in the book — that penguins are roundly celebrated and adored, while puffins, at best, are often confused with penguins. But ultimately I agreed that it should be edited out. Read the book for yourself and see if we made the right choice!
Have you heard about Project Puffin?
Walden Pond Press will be running a Twitter campaign to raise awareness for Project Puffin, a division of Audubon that helps protect Atlantic Puffins. In short, for every 100 re-tweets we receive of the tweet mentioned below, we will adopt one puffin from Project Puffin. After the Twitter campaign, we will do a random drawing of all participants – the winner gets to pick the school, library, or classroom in which the puffin(s) is adopted.
Tweet for Puffins!: The NEVERSINK Adopt-A-Puffin Campaign
In honor of Neversink, Barry Wolverton's debut novel (pub 3/27/12), Walden Pond Press is lending their support to a great organization: The National Audubon Society's Project Puffin. From Tuesday, March 27th through Friday, March 30th, for every 100 tweets of the following message, Walden Pond Press will contribute money to adopt one puffin from Project Puffin: RT @WaldenPondPress In honor of #NEVERSINK by @wolvertonhill, help us support Audubon's Project Puffin! Every 100 RTs = 1 puffin adopted.
Provided they reach at least 100 tweets, they will select one classroom, school, or library at random from all participants in whose name the puffin(s) will be adopted. More info here: http://www.waldenpondpress.blogspot.com/2012/03/tweet-for-puffins-neversink-adopt.html
Neversink Blog Tour Stops:
Tuesday, 3/27 – Guest Post at Nerdy Book Club
Wednesday, 3/28 – Guest Post & Giveaway at Cari’s Book Blog
Thursday, 3/29 – Interview & Giveaway with Teach Mentor Texts
Friday, 3/30 – Review & Giveaway at Buried in Books
Saturday, 3/31 – Guest Post at Buried in Books
Saturday, 3/31 – Review & Giveaway at Icey Books
Sunday, 4/1 – Review &; Giveaway at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Monday, 4/2 – Review & Giveaway at The Write Path
Tuesday, 4/3 – Guest Post with The Other Side of the Story
Wednesday, 4/4 – Interview with There’s a Book
Thursday, 4/5 – Interview & Giveaway with National Children’s Book Examiner
Before we get to the giveaway I want to say thanks to Barry and Walden Pond Press for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. I loved the deleted scene and can't wait to read Neversink! #PuffinLove
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