Since yesterday was a day to stay off my feet after spending a huge part of Saturday walking, it was time to work on the novel. Yes, NaNo is only a week and a half away, and a certain amount of panic can be felt oozing through my laptop screen, but as the song goes, that’s the way of the world. To paraphrase Dieter, “This is the part of the show where we panic,” and everyone starts flailing about like extras on The Walking Dead. It has happened before, and it will happen again.
Since I look pretty strange flailing about, I thought I’d better do something about it, so once I got back from breakfast and shopping, I loaded up the novel. I’d done a few chapters Saturday–more than a few, actually–but I was at a point where I needed to get in and work out some detail. So up comes Aeon and I start time lining a situation. That took some time because I had to look for schools, malls, and hotels in another city, and there was a bit of eyeballing Google Maps to get the local set in my head. I should get a screen shot of the area for the project–I’ll do that tonight.
With that in mind I fixed out the time line, figuring out an important plot point in my mind for the part in question. These will snap into place, and I should write them down in the Document Notes in Scrivener. Just in case they start to slip my mind, like the one that popped up last night which I figured out almost two months ago when I started plotting this sucker out. Got a place for notes? Better us them.
Then it was back to Scrivener, and the finishing of the story. I checked on the sky for a certain moment in the story, then looked up a flight time for another moment . . . and discovered I’d calculated wrong. So time to look up schedules, time to check time zone differences, and to put that into the mix. The last thing I checked were trains out of Paddington Station, London, because I’m a glutton for punishment, and with that . . .
Fifteen parts and forty-four chapters–don’t let that “Chapter Forty-Three” fool you, there’s a Prologue–and did I count them? No . . . one hundred sixty-four scenes. Figuring a word count of five hundred to seven-hundred and fifty words a scene, I could be looking at eighty-two to one hundred and twenty-three thousand words written before “The End” goes down. Or it could be longer or shorter. I’ll see once I start writing.
But for now I’m giving myself a break. I’ll tweak a couple of things here and there, and set up more notes, and maybe get a screen capture or two into the project, but beyond that The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced is at the end of the plotting and development stage. I’ve done about as much to this sucker as I can, and if it isn’t ready to go now, it never will.
The new goal for me? 31 December, 2013. That’s when I finish this.
That’s when this novel finally becomes a reality.