We’ve now made the turn: we are halfway through 2016. (More than halfway now, ‘cause it’s taken me weeks to write this.)
Holy poop, how did this happen?!
Time flies when you’re working your too busy to notice, I guess.
Aside from the perilous schedule of the day job and family time, I have actually gotten quite a bit of writing done so far this year. My general goal has been 10,000 words a month, though that number is somewhat misleading. It’s more a measure of work than actual, printed words. It also includes writing blog entries and newsletters, like this one. And it counts revision work at one-half value. (I know that doesn’t make sense to you, but it’s a way for me to confirm with my demanding boss—me—that revising is work and still counts for something.)
Though I’m still not going to publish Twilight of the Gods when I originally wanted to. I was hoping it’d be done by now, but it just hasn’t happened. Too many real-life changes to adapt to, too many side projects and distractions.
And bouncing back and forth between Twilight and Deus Ex Machina didn’t help either. Deus Ex Machina, by the way, will be the third book in the Identity Crisis series (with a return of Spitball as the star hero). I started both books in the latter part of 2015 and couldn’t decide which would come out first, so I went back and forth too much.
I’ve also been working on this new blog/author’s website. And I’m still posting to my old one (found here), but eventually I’ll convert over and leave it behind. I wanted a new look and a new start. Something sleeker, cooler, and more professional. And so far, so good.
So now that I’ve settled on Twilight of the Gods as book two for sure, I’m about 35,000 words into it. That’s about the first third of the book. I’m projecting it’ll be about 80,000 words long or more, but I won’t really know till I get there.
I was also hoping to get the final manuscript to my copy editor, and the final page count to my cover artist, by the end of September. And having just plotted out the likely course of chapters and events through the second section of the book… That seems unlikely. This sucker is going to be pretty epic. Hungry Gods started as a short story that just kept growing as I went and ended up a fair-sized novel. This baby started out knowing it would be big, and my stuff tends to end up bigger than planned.
Why is that? Because as I write, things develop and evolve of their own accord. Characters and events take turns I didn’t see coming. And things I know have to happen, have to happen naturally. I can’t rush it, I have to build to it in a realistic manner. People don’t change on a dime. You have to give them good reason. Otherwise the story is rushed and unbelievable and crappy. And I don’t want to put out a crappy story.
So when will it be done? I honestly don’t know. At this point, I’m crossing my fingers (and setting in my mind) that I’ll have it out in time for Christmas.