The Evolution of Janie is no more. Well, at least the title. That itself had been bothering me for a while. It was just too long, and there is, of course, that pesky book titled The Evolution of Jane. This past week I've been stewing over what I want to do with Evolution. I still have two partials out with agents, but I've been stalling over sending out more, because I've had this voice in the back of my mind saying it still needed work. And I've finally admitted it's right.
The plot was too complicated, too many holes needed to be closed, and there's those dreaded Twilight comparisons still coming. My last revision was focused on characters and pacing. Characters, fixed. Pacing, partially fixed. Well, it's time to bring on the revisions.
Not only is the Title gone, but I've altered the originals of the myth that the story is dependent on. I'm still using the Raven shape shifting element, but focusing on Norse and Scandinavian myths, as well as a bit of Germanic legends. Everett will no longer be in Montana. I'm going for Western Colorado, think Telluride area.
With taking out the Native American myth, I've had to adjust some of my character's physical attributes and their names. The names are what's driving me crazy so far. I keep thinking Janie, but she's not anymore. She is Anya. Marcus is Davin and Beth is Elin. Thank God for the Find and Replace function in word, otherwise I'd end up confusing everyone reading it!
So the new title?
The Raven's Mark (subject to change when something better appears!)
On my iPod:
Breaking My Own Heart by Duffy