Or, at least, those of you who choose to visit me occasionally ^.^
I have finally, officially, begun edits on Dragon Kin, which is the second book of The Dragon Throne trilogy… Did I already mention that this was going to be a trilogy? No? I can’t remember…
Dragon Kin is complete at 54,000+ words. I have completed the very first rough draft edits on the first few chapters, and I’m in the process of submitting the manuscript to an editing workshop: InternetWritingWorkshop.org
I’m not certain if it will stay at 54k words as I have removed some words and added some words, and I’ve NO idea what the finished edits word count will be. But for now, 54k.
I will also begin basic edits on The Dragon Throne which is complete at 67,481 words. This word count is also likely to change through the editing process.
I’ve had emails from various readers who have requested an update on when the sequel to The Dragon’s Call would be published. I had, at first considered completing all edits and rewrites on the sequel and publishing it as one book – but at 121,403 words and the possibility that words would be added with additional edits, not only was this just not possible – it would increase the wait time until publication.
So, a trilogy instead of a duology.
And factoring in the amount of time edits, submissions to editors, beta readers, rewrites – barring any catastrophes (for some reason, I have ample amounts of these in my life) the editing process on Dragon Kin should be done before this year is over.
Yes, that’s right. I have written the last word of The Dragon Throne.
*Massive cheering ensues*
Now, begins the long and tortuous task of editing the entire thing which is 121k+ words long. The book will have to be divided in two as it’s much too long for one YA novel. I’m not certain how long this editing process will take, but then I really hadn’t figured on completing the series before the end of this year.
So I’m definitely ahead of schedule.
Although, it did take me forever to finish the book up to this point, so there is that to consider.
However, for those of you who were wondering when or even if I was going to finish the trilogy, I am ecstatic to state that, yes, it is finished.
I don’t know about any other authors out there, but I am honestly beginning to feel like NaNoWriMo is the best thing to ever happen to my writing life this year.
I’m now over a total word count of 118,000 words (check the counter on the side for a more accurant accounting) and I am writing the Epilogue.
I honestly don’t think I’ll be finished with the Epilogue in 2000 words, simply because I’ve written 2k words tonight and I’ve only touched the beginning of the very last ends scenes that will close out Cecily and Derek’s story.
Nevertheless, between NaNoWriMo and unhealthy amounts of Starbucks and espresso shots, I have accomplished in four days what felt impossible in the last three years!
I’m praying that the caffeine-induced inspiration and frenzied writing panic continues unabated.
I know I’ve used the above image before, but it’s so appropriate and handy ^.^
Anyways, to the business at hand!
It has been a loooong time since I have posted – culpa mia, desculpame. I do, however, have some valid reasons – please hear me out!
After returning to California after the my husband’s funeral, I stayed with my family for awhile as they helped me and my two young children work through grief and readjust to our new circumstances.
Once my children and I had been there with my family long enough (trust me there is a time limit to how long anyone can bear living with their mother) I then proceeded to move me and my children two hours away to the wonderful, and hot, capitol of California.
That move, of course, required another period of readjustment as my oldest needed to be placed in the new school system, and my youngest needed to find a daycare.
While my oldest has succeeded in adjusting to her new life very well, my youngest is experiencing some small difficulties (not really small actually) and I’m currently considering homeschooling my youngest to prepare her for kindergarten.
If I do this, this will make any small amount of time I might have had to write nearly non-existent.
So here it is:
First, the bad news: I am struggling to finish the very last section of the last part of the book that will complete The Dragon Throne series, and it will most likely take alot of time. I don’t know how long considering my current situation. After it is completed, it will then have to be vigorously edited. I don’t know how long that will take either, although, if I compare other stories I have written of comparable length, it might take anywhere from an additional 6 months to a year. And that is just the edits. Then there is the preparation for publication – which actually doesn’t take all that long in comparison to actually writing the darn thing.
Second, the good news: I am almost done. I swear I am. I just don’t know how long it will take to write the last part!
So, there you have it!
I want to thank those of you who have been keeping tabs on me and the story – you are my motivation to finish – and finish as quickly as possible. You really don’t know how it touches my heart (both in the warm and fuzzy way, and in the painful guilty way) when I see your messages.
You all have been so patient with me, I beg your patience awhile longer!
I was delighted to discover that The Dragon’s Call Audiobook just received an amazingly thorough review! Check it out HERE.
Meanwhile, the reviewer notes that the sequel has been long delayed.
I have to apologize to those who have taken the time to read Cecily and Derek’s story. As the reviewer notes, I did experience a several personal tragedies while writing the sequel: my father passed, I experienced two separate miscarriages, then my husband passed during the writing of this story.
As a result it has taken a long time to stabilize and the word count has suffered as a result.
Derek and Cecily’s tale is still a work in progress though the actual writing process has been hampered.
The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be named The Dragon Throne and, while the first half of the sequel is complete, the second half is still in the process of completion.
Nonetheless, it is always a wonderful boost when readers enjoy the story, and definitely helps boost the writing process forward.
I thank those who have read this story so much for their continued support along with the notes I have received from those who can’t wait to find out what happens to Derek and Cecily.
My daughter Yve loves fashion, and in the spirit of encouraging her artistic abilities, I’m supporting her as she starts designing her own t shirts. Right now she’s struggling to choose between logos given by various talented designers.
If you could take a moment to support a 10 yr old’s dreams – check out the logos and let her know which one she should pick! CLICK HERE.
The site is finally up and ready! There are still some links missing here and there, but for the most part the site is functional.
I’ve also placed up the word count on The Dragon Throne, and started rereading over the manuscript to get back in rhythm with the storyline.
The word count so far is over 105k words total. The editing and rewriting process will decide whether I split the story into a trilogy instead of making it a duology. I’m leaning toward splitting the story into two small novellas since this is a YA storyline, but once the story arch is completed I will know for certain.
Meanwhile, the cover artist Mihaela Voicu is working with me on the second cover. You can see the first cover she designed HERE.
In any case, after a long hiatus, I’m cranking myself back into gear.
It’s been 21 days since the night my husband went missing.
The circumstances surrounding that night are confusing, to say the least.
There are times when the whole thing seems unreal. The irony of the situation cuts deep when others comment that his disappearance sounds like a book or a movie, because though I’m a writer – this is my life.
I had to halt editing Dragon Kin as I have been consumed with talking to investigators, and I’m uncertain when I’ll be able to restart.
I hope this ends soon, that my husband is found, and that my daughters’ tiny, protected worlds are made right again.