With the exception of maybe writing down a few addressed and double checking everything to make sure I’ve got it all in place, The Foundation Chronicles: A For Advanced is really to fly. There is nothing more for prepping; at this point anything left is just busy work.
I’ve done prep work on novels before, and most of the time I’ve been over that stage in a few weeks. My first NaNo novel was through pre-planning in about two weeks; my second in about a month. This one has been going off and on since the end of May, but part of that was due to writing an intro novel to this series for Camp NaNo. The actual work on this book has been going on for about three weeks, but my body and mind seem to think it’s been a lot longer.
My intuition tells me this story will top out around one hundred thousand words. Throw in the fifty-three thousand I wrote for Camp, and by the end of the year there should be close to one hundred and sixty thousand words ready to edit. Along with all the other stuff that’s ready to edit, which is in . . . well, lets see: seventy-two thousand for Suggestive Amusements, around twenty-five thousand for Fantasies in Harmonie, six thousand for my short story The Relocator, and fifty-two thousand for The Scouring. One hundred fifty-five thousand written this year, and this novel could take the world count to a quarter of a million.
Really not that bad.
But nothing published. Yes, I have another edit to run on Couples Dance, but I’ve so many others ready to go. It’s time to get the editing machine rolling.
After the first of the year there has to be a big push to get a couple of things published. Edits and a cover for Couples Dance are required, but mostly edits; I do feel as if I need to give that story a process makeover. Same with Fantasies in Harmonie: I can see the story laid out in my mind, and there is a lot of “said, said, said” in it that I want to redo. It’s something that needs fixing before anyone gets the book in their hands. I’m also of half a mind to do that to Her Demonic Majesty and do a re-release. Yes, nothing like a big rewrite to get things going again.
First quarter 2014 has to be a lot of editing and some publishing. There’s too much waiting to get out, and the longer I sit on it, the longer it does nothing. There is more than nothing, there is always something, but you have to make something happen. It doesn’t do it on its own. just like writing: the characters don’t do thing by themselves, you make that happen.
If I don’t publish, then no one but me ever reads the tales. I want more than that.
Big story and big plans: it’s all ahead. When does it start?
Sooner than you’d imagine.