Got lost for a while in page proofs and revisions and a computer switch. Sorry, guys. (And I want to seriously hurt the Apple techies who thought… Let’s just really mess with people and completely redo how the trackpad works. That would be fun.) And I’m a huge Mac fan. I adore them.
Anyway, one of the things I had to do was retitle the MIP. Was so happy weeks ago when I head a song lyric (can’t remember the song) that made me want to call the book She Walked Into My Life. Because it really fits the book, and it’s a theme that keeps coming up. The hero is at the worst point in his life, just a mess, and he looks at Grace and keeps thinking… Now? Really? She had to show up now? The most beautiful, kind, loving, wonderful woman in the world, walks into my life now?
But it’s really long and for a couple of other reasons, I decided to change it.
Going with Five Days Grace, because her name is Grace and Grace as a concept is so nice. Multi-faced and fits in so many ways. From Merriam-Webster:
-Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration…
Well, Grace certainly feels like a divine kind of assistance that Aidan fears he doesn’t deserve but is so grateful to have.
-act or instance of kindness
They both see the other as kindness personified and both are in need of it.
-a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
People have always thought Grace was an angel. She dressed up as one too many times to count as a child, and she remembers a time when she was three or four, when she really thought she was an angel and kept staring at her bare back in a mirror, waiting for her wings to grow.
-sense of propriety or right
Grace definitely sees meeting Aidan as something that was meant to be, feels a sense of rightness, or life moving into place, as it should be, and she needs that. Because her previously perfect life has completely fallen apart recently, and she’s baffled by the whole mess. What she did wrong, what she could have done to save herself from all this grief, how she could have thought she was just lucky and her life was truly charmed.
And the Five Days part is a) A play on the name of the band, Three Days Grace, and b) Because they spend a glorious five days alone in a cabin on a lake, time out of time, when the whole world disappears, and it’s just the two of them. Funny how time can slow down sometimes, especially when you get out of your normal routine and are away from home. It can feel so much more important, so much better and leave you feeling like normal life is so far away.
Have about 300 pages now. Hoping to finish the book in June or July for upload this fall.