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.
Which, by the way, I didn’t even know was a word until a preacher spoke about how many years it would take a tiny sparrow to carry all the grains of sand in the world to the moon. This discussion was meant to put the length and depth of eternity in perspective.
But I digress.
Most of my stuff is in a rental storage, and the rest is still in boxes stacked in a corner.
I was also sick for a period of two weeks, during which I was nearly completely bed-ridden.
I finally pushed through the end of that period, and began to feel more optimistic about my situation after having unpacked a few bags and one box.
There are still several – many actually – boxes to go, but I am determined to feel optimistic.
In any case, this move has put a stall on any editing I might have been able to accomplish.
I’m getting my bearings and hopefully will get revved up to start this process soon.
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.
So, today is day 3 of my NaNoWriMo binge. The coffee shots in my white chocolate mocha, whip cream and caramel espressos have either stopped working, or I just need to take more shots. Probably more shots. More is better.
I’m experiencing a slight run off of energy. Not large, mind you, but it’s there. Yesterday I completed my word count at 5,065 words for the day. Today I’m at a word count of 2,577. Along with my word count on the first day of 2,552 words, my word count for the three days is a grand total of 10,194 words.
And–I don’t know if anyone has noticed this–I’ve had to up the limit on the word count for the book for the third time >.>
It went from 110k–>115k–>120k… and I’m unsure that I’ll be completely finished with The Dragon Throne in only another 4,000 words.
But no sweat. The scenes I’m writing are scenes I’ve had in my head for the last 3 or 4 years, and the words have been flowing like melting butter on a Parmesan bread-stick.
And now I’m hungry.
But hunger is for the weak, so I push on!
I really hope this novel will be done in 4k words, but the last thing I want is for the ending to feel rushed after so many years struggling to finish the darn thing.
So I type on. Hopefully, this flood of words doesn’t let up.
So here goes day two of my effort to catch up in NaNoWriMo. Yesterday, I completed the night just before midnight with a total of 2,552 words. Today my count stands, as of right now, at 3,966 words for the day and a grand total of 6,518 for both days.
My coffee drinking amounts to to 1 shot in my white chocolate mocha with extra whip cream and caramel drizzle yesterday, 2 shots in it for my morning bout and another shot this evening. Which adds up to a grand total of 3 white chocolate mocha drinks with a total of 4 shots between them ^.^
My energy level is high, my motivation is revved, the words are flowing. This is good.
Yes, yes, I know we’re already THREE days into the National Novel Writers Month, but that’s ok. I’ve decided I will do my best to write something. Anything. I even purchased a steaming hot cup of white chocolate mocha with extra whip cream and caramel drizzle to prove to myself that I was serious.
And if you’re a writer, you should be getting your cup of serious-writer-making-coffee also. Get on it.
I know that my barely scribbled 365 words at this point, isn’t much – but it’s something! And I’m determined to write more.
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!
SOOOO…. After many weeks/months of drowning myself in the news, I’ve finally realized that “the News” has been strangling my ability to be creative. It strangled it to the point where I didn’t have the desire to write. I finally realized this after wondering what has been keeping me from writing lately.
I figured out a couple things:
-I can’t write when I’m distracted
-I can’t write when my life situation is overwhelming or too busy
-I can’t write when I’m stressed
-The News does all of these things to me
So, apparently, when I watch too much news – the desire to write goes down in comparison.
And, truthfully, the only thing in the news right now is stress, panic, and disaster. So, I’ve gotta take a break. I want to write again – I want to want to write again.
Alot of things have happened in the last four years that definitely damaged my ability to do that, but I miss the flow. I want it back. I hope it comes back.