I had really hoped to be able to write this yesterday, because I could then tell myself it was still July.
But, it’s not July, it’s the beginning of August.
When I went to Australia, War was at 340k words. I thought it would be 30k words to the end. Where in this case, thought probably means “prayed”. This is not, as you know from the last blog post, what happened.
Today, I have typed the figurative “THE END” on War. It is, as it currently stands, 430k words. This is too long. Not necessarily for readers, but my poor, poor editor. And publisher. So while I have typed “THE END”, my part in that book is not yet over. I have to revise, fix the eight million typos, and find things that can be cut without harming what the book is. But: for better or worse, what I’m doing now is pruning and reshaping. The book itself exists. It is done.
And this means that I am now starting the next CAST novel and the Severn short story. Finally. When my head is caught up in the end of a book, the book and the story structure and the little things about bringing the end home effectively eat up my writing brain.
But in this case, since “end of book” was about 90k words, it means that’s all of the writing I’ve been doing for all of July and the last half of June. So: my brain — or what is left of it — is now once again open to other stories.
That’s the first bit of news.
Second: I know that not many people use the forums here, but some still do, and … we have migrated to different forum software, which was interesting and which is not entirely perfect yet. I experimented with a short post about Valerian, the movie. In part this was because the old version was not supported, and we require the spam filters, which are actually good.
And third: I have sold two more CAST novels to HLQ/HCP. They don’t have titles, so I can’t actually tell you anything else about them yet, beyond the fact that the first of the two starts where Cast in Deception leaves off.
(Edited to add: I managed to delete this post the first time I posted it because my brains have mostly dribbled out my ears due to heat and book’s end. So, I apologize if you get two emails, and the first one takes you to 404, page not found >.<)