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Nose to the Grindstone [Mar. 20th, 2009|12:04 pm]
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Good progress the past two days, after a total flop on Wednesday (ambushed by other stuff, zero words on the book.) 

2300 words today so far, and nicely over 123,000 for the book...and I'm intrigued enough by the scene I'm working on to keep going this afternoon.  124,000 by day's end is possible, though I'm not inclined to push too hard.

If this were one of my SF novels, I'd be at, or very near, the end, with the finish post clearly in sight, ready for the home-stretch sprint.  This being one of the Paksenarrion-world novels, it's a long way to Tipperary with a lot of twists and turns and swamps and mountain passes and so on to negotiate between here and there.  I'm guesstimating another 50,000 words.   Though it's not contractually due until next February,  I want to get the main draft done well ahead, and the crunch last fall put me in a good position if I don't lose too much time to travel, speaking gigs, and other things.  This will allow time to push on into the third book, and have ample time to work on revision and polishing of this one.   I hope. 

I plan to braid in the "outlier" sections when I get to about 150,000 words and can better see exactly where they fit.  Then at 160,000 I should be seeing the logical break-point between this and the third...but if not, I can write on past it (it will show up when I'm 10-20K beyond it, probably, though the logical break for book one didn't show up until I was a solid 55K past it.)  Unfortunately, though I'm more than halfway through the second book...in real time I'm still in the first year of Kieri's reign.   Certain things foreshadowed in Liar's Oath can't happen until he's married and has an heir.  Telescoping enough years is going to be...not an option, I fear.  This is how writers get themselves not only painted into corners, but bricked in.  

However, that's to worry about later.  For now...back to the cellar that has become doorless, where Arvid-who-says-he's-not-a-thief is in a bit of a pickle.  What can you do with a sick gnome, a sapphire, and two gold pieces?  (Or rather, what can HE do?)


[User Picture]From: kimuro
2009-03-20 06:30 pm (UTC)
Don't feed pickles to the sick gnome?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-20 06:48 pm (UTC)
That's true, although there are no pickles in the room. That I know of (hey, Arvid, what's in YOUR wallet?)
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[User Picture]From: tashien
2009-03-20 08:12 pm (UTC)


Several things come to mind, but I am not sure Arvid would agree with them. *lol*
In the meantime, I enjoy your posts as much as I do your writing. I am quite sure you will have sucess in getting Arvid out of his pickle and your deadlines met well ahead of time.
BTW: There was a book that you collaborated on called "A Companion to Wolves" that got a reading group started at my workplace (largely, but happily, by accident). We have managed, I think, to make avid fans who go through more Scifi and Fantasy books than I can currently count. I have to say, that book was one that I will re-read just for the sheer beauty of the underlying sub plots as well as the main story.
I enjoy your writing because it makes me think. There will always be stories to tell. And those stories will always find a way to unfold in time.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-21 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: Hmm

Actually--unless part of my mind has fallen off into the current book and isn't working, I didn't have anything to do with "A Companion to Wolves"...that was, I believe, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. (At least three writers in this genre named Elizabeth have a last name with four letters...Elizabeth Hand wrote a book with "Moon" in the title, and for the next year she and I were regularly confused with one another.) I'm delighted the other Elizabeth & Sarah's book drew in more readers, and want the congratulations due to go in the right direction.

But to Arvid. Well...he's in a place where another religious influence is normally paramount. Or he was. Now he's elsewhere. It's all very confusing (for him) at the moment, and the blood loss doesn't help.
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From: 6_penny
2009-03-21 03:53 am (UTC)
So deliciously tantalizing. Arvid is one of my favorites (next to the Kaukgan!)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-03-21 04:13 am (UTC)
I'm fond of Arvid myself...and of course the Kuakgan.

This second book is still propagating subplots and entanglements at a rate that suggests there's a lot more coming. So I'm hoping that the first book (due out sometimes next spring, by current news from the publisher) leaps happily off the shelves, so they'll give me a contract for more. (Yes, that's a hint. Sorry 'bout that. It's just one of the unpleasanter facts of the writing life that if books tank, you don't get more contracts for the same kind of book.)
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