Official Cover for “Everything Comes Full Circle”

First off let me wish everyone a merry Christmas Eve.

Earlier today (and by earlier, I mean nine minutes ago) I revealed the Official Cover for Everything Comes Full Circle. I had been tinkering with a few ideas, including one that I thought would actually be the cover. The original idea looked like this: Full Circle - 3

But I decided to see if I can change it up a little bit. So this morning I went into full design mode and this is what I came up:

Official Book Cover - Everything Comes Full Circle

I hope that you will like the new design! Special thanks to my writing partner Jeremy Croston on the formatting for the cover.

The Second Chapter from “Everything Comes Full Circle”

Why the second chapter of the book? Easy. The first chapter doesn’t really feature any of the main characters. The second one introduces us to the dynamic of the group. 

CHAPTER TWO

Steve Potter sat in the chair of their modest kitchen. His wife is the English teacher at the local high school as well as the director of the school plays. He was an assistant manager at home repair store a few towns over from where they live. When the plays come around, he would be her assistant director as well as design the sets with the help of their friend Dustin.

He couldn’t help but smile after hearing the news of the town meeting. He loved helping with the plays, but it was starting to become an issue. He was almost fifty now. His once full head of hair was starting to recede a little. The space they used was the small gym in the back of the high school. Not only did they have to design sets, but Steve and Dustin had to build the stage first. And rigging the lights and the microphones. There was a time last year that Steve contemplating telling his wife that he just couldn’t do it anymore. But tonight’s announcement changes everything.

Steve now knew that he could continue to help out with the plays, at least until his younger daughter was out of high school. She definitely took after her mother with a passion for plays and for acting. Renee was an actress when he met her back in college. Desperate to impress her, he tried his hand at it and failed. But he learned to love the behind the scenes aspects of it.

Renee walked in from down the hallway with a smile on her face. She was in he late 40’s with black hair that she dyed a few times a year. She could easily pass for someone years younger than her. There were wrinkles on her face, mostly from teaching. She loved her students, each of them offering a different challenge. There were some she hoped she would never see again. But among her students, her favorite were the actors in the plays she directed. They had a special relationship. Normally she didn’t hear from students after they graduated from her class, but those that she directed she considered her children. Of course there were ones she liked better than others, but she would never tell them that. The news of tonight definitely raised her spirits. She thought that the motion would be denied and that the arts department would get another blow. She sat down next to Steve and leaned over and gave him a kiss on the cheek. She reached for a piece of paper that was on the table.

“What are you doing?”, Steve asked his wife.

“I am writing Mayor North a thank you note on behalf of the theater department. I know that she didn’t do it for us solely, but I think that if anyone is going to benefit from it the most it’s going to be us. Don’t you agree?”, she responded without looking up from her task at hand.

“No, I completely agree. I know my back will definitely love the idea of not having to build the stage first. Plus just imagine how many more people will get to see the shows. We could barely fit 100 people in the small gym. She didn’t say how many seats would be in this auditorium, but I can guarantee you that it will be more than that”, Steve replied. Renee looked up at him with a smile on her face. “Have you thought about what we should do for our first show in the new auditorium?’

“We just found out like an hour ago? When did you think I had time to make such a decision?,” Renee teased with a poke to his right shoulder.

“But I also know you. I know how your brain works. You start thinking about the next play the second the lead finishes his or her bow on the final performance on the final night. Am I right?”, Steve responded. He had to stop himself from snickering at his unintentional rhyme.

“Normally you would be right. Had I been thinking about next spring’s show? Of course I have. But this changes everything. I know that to open the auditorium now we have to do something big. Something bigger than big. I just don’t know what yet,” she said.

“Together, we will figure it out. We have plenty of time,” Steve replied. Renee nodded her head in agreement. “If you want we can get together with Dustin tomorrow and see if he has any bright ideas. I think between the three of us we can come up with an idea that will blow the roof off of the new auditorium,” he replied with a grin on his face.

“I know that we can. I will talk to him tomorrow and see when he is free”, she said. Renee began writing again in the thank you note. She felt a tear well up in her eye. Steve looked over and saw it. He stood from his chair and wrapped an arm around her shoulder and kissed her cheek. “I can’t believe we are finally getting an auditorium. After all the struggles we had over the years, it’s finally happening.”

“I know. I am so happy for you that it got approved finally.“

I hope that you enjoyed the first chapter and it makes you want to read more!

My Biggest Concern about “Everything Comes Full Circle”

The original intent of the novel was to be 90 pages. That was always my target goal. I had doubts at first that I would have enough material to fit the 90 pages, but now I am proud to announce that due to a late expanded story line 90 pages is a goal that will not only be met, but achieved. Probably not by much, but it will definitely be at least 90 pages. As of this writing I am on page 80 with a lot of story still to be told. As it stands the story is 40,218 words long

Now that length isn’t a concern, I still have one more. Because the original source material is a screenplay, a vast majority of it is dialogue and not actions or descriptions. I hope that will not be a distraction to the reader. It is something I am looking to make some changes to as I go back and edit it. I have lost count of how many times the word “said” as be written. There are some scenes where there are some scenes I have been able to put a little bit of action and movement into, some that is severely lacking.

I am definitely in the home stretch though. I hope that everyone who reads it will like it!

Even More Characters in “Everything Comes Full Circle”

Because this is an ensemble story, there are even more characters to introduce. I do admit that some of them are not as thoroughly fleshed out as others are but I think I have done a good job including them along the way. Not everyone has an individual story line, but I think all of the characters do add to the story.

For example, there is Samantha. She doesn’t have a story line of her own. But she appears in a lot of the scenes, adding the snarky comments. She isn’t mean like Maura is. She is a lot more friendly than Maura is, which really isn’t saying much. She is there to have a good time.

We also have Theresa and Andrea. They are supporting characters who also don’t have their own story lines. But I think they are strong characters as well. Andrea tends to have the sense of humor of the two of them while Theresa is the smarter of the two characters.

Renee and Steve have two daughters. Somehow I have only introduced one of them. Maybe the other is always in the other room with her toys? But Megan has followed in her parents footsteps. She is an actress too. She can be a little over dramatic at times.

There are two characters that are talked about quite frequently. Eddie is the most successful of the group. He has appeared in a few Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Unfortunately with his busy schedule, there is no way he would be able to make it back. And unfortunately for the cast, one of their own was involved in a car accident. Peter was the shy one. He was a little strange, He was truly the outsider of the group, but that never stopped him from his performances. Acting was the only time Peter felt normal.

More Characters in “Everything Comes Full Circle”

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the first wave of characters. Namely, the Potters (Renee and Steve), their best friend Dustin, Max, Luke and Lee.

Today we will talk about a few more of the central characters. We will also meet Charlene fairly early into the script. She is actually introduced before the trio of Max, Luke and Lee. In the original material, she was the one who comes up with the idea of reuniting the cast. But I changed that for the novelization of it. She is so inspired from her interactions with Renee growing up that she follows in her footsteps as a teacher and a director. She is usually the voice of reason. Charlene is very soft spoken.

The complete opposite of Charlene is Maura. She is another of the students that has returned for the show. She has a past involving both Max and Luke, similar to that of Lee’s but not entirely. She is an angry and sarcastic person. She seems to be out for herself, but then she has a moment when she realizes not everyone is against her. It opens her eyes and breaks those walls that she has to keep her feelings to herself.

While back for the reunion, Maura stays in a hotel room with Heather. These two couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Heather is quiet and reserved while Maura is up in your face. Heather was hoping to see her best friend from high school, Eddie. But Eddie was unable to make it. (More on Eddie in a future update). Heather is the type of person to believe the best in a person, no matter the circumstances.

There is also George. He is the moral back bone of the group. He also believes in people and shows it a little more than Heather does. His best friend is Val, who is shy and down on his luck. Most of the time he is able to hide that, but sometimes his doom and gloom comes shining through. George and Val are sharing a hotel room as well.

Val had a crush on Alyson when they were in school. She was a freshman when he was a senior. They were friends then, but due to his shyness he was never able to do anything about it. Alyson is a free spirit who has grown up a lot since her days in high school.  She felt like an outsider at first, but is learning that she was only an outsider because she didn’t make the effort. She looked up to older people in drama club with her freshman year. Alyson is staying with Lee in the hotel.

Hope this helps you want to meet the characters more in depth. Tomorrow we will talk about a few more of the characters from “Everything Comes Full Circle”

Characters in “Everything Comes Full Circle”

Because this is an ensemble story, I don’t know that there are any characters that I would describe as the main characters. There are a few that help drive the story, but ultimately it’s not about one or two characters. So I thought I would use this space to talk a little bit about the characters in “Everything Comes Full Circle”

The first characters we really meet are Renee and Steve Potter. Renee is a teacher in a small town in New England. She is also the drama director. She has been teaching there for many years and has had a wonderful time with her students. Steve is her husband, who also helps run the shows by designing sets and being her assistant director. Steve is a lot more goofier then Renee, but that is one of the things she loves about him. Steve’s best friend is Dustin, who is just as involved in the set design as he is.

What makes their town unique is they didn’t have an auditorium in the town. All the shows are put on in the small gym of the high school. It makes it harder on Steve and Dustin, since not only do they have to build the sets, but they must also build the stage, hang the lights and the microphones too.

Mayor Cindy North and the town council attempt a bill to build an auditorium for the town. So after the bill is passed to build one, the three set off in thinking of a way to open the new auditorium. Dustin comes up with a bit of a crazy idea. What if they reunite the cast of the most successful shows in the town’s history. It’s going to take some work to reunite everyone, but once they all agree to do it, there is no way Steve and Renee can say no!

Among those returning include Max. Of all those that return he is the most changed. He used to be in a rock band with Luke. Max used to have long hair. Now, Max is a record executive. He gave up the dream of being a musician, but he knows what the dream is like so he is looking for those that have the dream. Luke, on the other hand, hasn’t given up the dream just yet. He knows he can make it, he is just looking for a break. Luke uses sarcasm as a way of letting his feelings known, sometimes even in the most inappropriate ways.

Max and Luke have something else in common, they were both in love with Lee. They both dated her at one point in high school. And they both have their sights set on her again. Lee, on the other hand, isn’t sure which way to go. She is caring and sweet. She doesn’t want to hurt either Max or Luke, but she knows chances are she will.

Look for more characters in the next few days!

Everything Comes Full Circle Overview.

Let me tell you about my first novel. It’s called “Everything Comes Full Circle”.

It’s an ensemble story about a small town in New England. After years of not having an auditorium in the town, they finally get one. And no one stands to benefit from it more than the local drama department.

Renee Potter is the teacher of the school as well as the drama director. She works with her husband, who is the co-director. He also builds sets with his best friend Dustin.

Dustin comes up with the idea to reunite the cast from the most successful show in the history of the theater department to open the new theater.

One by one the cast arrives and begins to rehearse together. Even though it’s been ten years since they performed the show together, they pick it right up. But that’s not the only thing that picks up. Feelings from the past are stirred up as well, both in a good way and a bad way.

I have two tag lines that I am considering for the book. One is “They are back to put the drama back in drama club”. The other is “Some people change. Some relationships never do”. The second one seems to be more popular one, so I may go with it.

The novel is based off a screenplay I wrote back in 2008 called “Full Circle”. However, many things will change between the screenplay and the novel. Some of the characters will be much different from the original source material. It has to do with me evolving as a writer, plus my current mood. Scenes may be taken verbatim from the screenplay, but many have been changed drastically as well. Including new scenes all together or scenes being moved all around. It is helping with the flow of the novel.

In the next edition we will get more into the characters and the relationships.

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