July 2019 Updates

It’s been a while since my last post on here; I’m sorry for my absence! With my greater activity on Instagram and Facebook, I sometimes forget that many of you are not on those platforms.

I’ve been doing all sorts of interesting things, like:

Hammocking for the first time

Hammock 1

 

Building a stool in the woods from a dead-standing sycamore (with lots of help!)

 

Tending a fruit/vegetable garden

 

Meeting a Baker Family series reader and eating ice-cream, and punting in Oxford

 

Admiring Scarlet Pimpernels in the garden– last year I pulled most of them up as weeds before checking online what they were! They are technically weeds, but pretty enough for me to let them stay.

scarlet pimpernels

Studying for a Philosophy exam for my degree (very time-consuming and not pictured – but not as scenic as everything else!)

Now that studies are out of the way for a while, I can focus on finishing Baker 8!

Your prayers would be appreciated as I seek the Lord for continued ideas and flow that will make this adventure worth your wait.

Question: Sometimes the title of a book is one of the hardest things to nail down. Do you have alliterative title ideas for Baker 8?

 

36 thoughts on “July 2019 Updates

  1. How did you like hammocking? Hamocking? How would you spell that? My computer is saying that I’m spelling it wrong.
    Anyway, Super Excited for book 8! I firmly believe it will be awesome!
    (or Grr-8) (:
    What is book 8 about? I think knowing the contents of a book would be beneficial when naming it. But since it is the last book in the series why don’t you call it The Last One. LOL.
    Unless it is not the last one in which it could not be named the last one. But I feel like this one will really sum things up so how bout naming it Tying Loose Ends or Finding The Sum. I think I should probably stop now. (;

    • Haha! Finding the Sum would be great for a complex mathematical theme πŸ˜€

      There are a few loose ends that Book 8 hopes to tie up, but I’m not sure that it’s the last one in the series.

      The hammock adventure was a lot of fun, and more comfortable than I would have guessed!

  2. The scarlet pimpernels are beautiful! I am so excited about book 8! If a certain Phrase is cleared up in this book it could be the title. (Twelve Lemons) XD

  3. *sly grin* Well, if you gave us a few tidbits from the book, we might be able to come up with a good title. XD.
    So we excited and looking forward to it!!!

  4. Our Dear Miss Hedgcock. We wanted to thank you, and tell you, that we greatly appreciate all of the time and effort you put into your extraordinary books. We are greatly awaiting book 8, and wishing you blessings in you work.

  5. Haha well Ms. Hedgcock, as some others have already said, it’s hard to title a book without knowing at least at little about it πŸ˜‰

    Do you want the title to be plot based or theme based? Most of your other titles have been vaguely plot based. If you can’t share much of the plot right now (as a fellow writer I know how much a story can change during the process), perhaps share a theme or two that you have in mind. Do you have a favorite line that you’ve written, or a word that could fit with the feeling of the book?

    Just some idea that might help you think of something. Personally (and I’m sure everyone else agrees) I would love to help you title, but when it comes down to it, it’s your choice. πŸ™‚

  6. P.S. Jigson is a great character and I can’t wait to see what you do with him in the future. I don’t know if you meant to do this, but he and Abby seem to have a special connection. Whether it’s just friendship or potentially more than friendship, keep it up. Personally I wouldn’t mind the latter, but you know them best πŸ˜‰

    Also, poor Jigson needs a break. He needs to help the Bakers pull weeds in their garden or something. Good quality family time, since the dear thing’s own family is scattered to the wind at the moment.

    • I know everyone has had this discussion before and I’m probably going to restart it but Abby and Jigson are friends. Jigson could literally be Abby’s dad. Their age difference is quite extreme. Their relationship is purely hero and damsel in distress or vice versa. If you think about it, Abby doesn’t really even know Jigson that well as a real person. You have to know these types of things like fav food, fav book, fav music, etc. Abby’s never even seen Jigson as a normal person! If you think about it, she doesn’t actually even know him that well. Believe it or not, people show their heroic side in the action and adventure but may be completely different people in real life.
      Just wanted to throw all that out there. Plz don’t hate me.
      Although, ReneeTheFirst, I do agree with your first comment. Those are really good ideas on how to name a book! And I also agree that Jigson needs a break. Just Abson or Jigby (whatever you want to call it) don’t really sound all that great.

      • Oh don’t worry, no ill feelings. πŸ™‚ Everyone has their own opinion about this and that’s fine.

        You are right when you say they don’t know many small details about each other—that would need to happen first, of course. πŸ™‚ I would mention that the Bakers have “hung out” with Jigson a few times, although mainly behind the scenes. The ends of book #1 and book #4 come to mind. πŸ™‚

        However, I would nicely push back on the idea that he is much older than her. We can closely guess his age in book #1 thanks to clues given about his background—mainly page 179—and even more so now that #6 and #7 are out. Some friends and I have done the math, vague as it is, so here’s the timeline as I see it:

        Jigson was put in the Glen as a young boy, then removed. His parents died soon after, and he was taken in by his uncle, who noticed his leanings towards police work and helped him get started towards the Agency. We know from book #1 that the jewelry organisation was Jigson’s first mission after his uncle “died.” That places his age around 22 at the latest, because he would have been training/practicing in the Agency around his college years. If he had been any older, he wouldn’t have needed his uncles connections to get involved in the Agency, because he would have been old enough to join on his own (based off information from the FBI and CIA.)

        In book #1, that makes him about 5 years older than Phil, and ten years older than Abby. That’s just the way I think of things, I could be totally wrong—I would love it if Ms. Hedgcock would step in and disillusion me. πŸ˜€

        Anyway, that was just a theory about Jigson’s age, it still doesn’t mean that the two of them are right for each other. I completely understand if you don’t like a 10-year age gap—personally I know a lot of married friends who have age gaps like that between them, so it doesn’t bother me at all—but I won’t feel mad if you only consider them friends. πŸ™‚

        Oh, thanks for the compliment! πŸ˜€ I have struggled with titling my own books, so that’s just a few of the ideas that I juggle through when trying to decide.

  7. FINALLY!!! The post I’ve been waiting for SUCH a long time! You’d probably have to say a few ideas what you’d want your book title to sound like. I’ll be on a lookout for book 8! Have a great time finishing it, Miss Hedgcock!!!

  8. YAY!!! Me and my sister are huge lovers of the series and are THRILLED to hear about book 8!!!!!

    Choosing a title is mainly what the book would be about. Can we read a exert? *sly grin* I would LOVE to!!!!
    Do you know when it will be released?
    We’re so excited!!! Thank you for writing such amazing books!

  9. hello Ms. Hedgcock!
    I am 14 years old and me and my brother have just started your series
    , and we both love it!!!!!
    And you also have great plot lines.
    I’m really excited about book 8.
    How old were you when you got your first book published?
    That’s a very deep dream of mine, and it inspires me when a fellow teen has a book published:)
    I am also hoping to join the Young Writers Workshop!
    Know that I am praying about your book!

  10. As a fellow writer. I Alyssa Plocharczyk. Love your writing, Ms. Hedgecock. I Love seeing how many details and research you do. I recently graduated and am trying to get my second book I am writing actually published. If you have any good tips towards writing, I would so appreciate it. I also would love to know some about your book to get a good title. Thank you for writing such wonderful adventure books. I love all the characters, especially Jigson, and can’t wait to see what happens next with the Baker Family.

    • Hi Alyssa,
      I’m so glad to hear that; thank you! 😊
      Well done on writing a second book! I find it a little tricky to give writing advice, since every writer’s preferences and ‘best work habits’ are going to be different. I haven’t read this author’s work, but he gives some excellent writing tips in this video, which you may find helpful: https://youtu.be/yHKKtxliYaY Keep going!

  11. Here are a couple of title ideas. Note that they would work best for the final book in the series and I don’t know if that is your plan for this one, so just keep that in mind.

    – The Limerick of The Twelfth Lemon
    – A Siberian Sum [Any other location starting with β€˜S’ will do]

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