It didn’t take a lot of words: all together about one hundred and eighty. There was a bit of deleting, and some moving of things here and there, but after an hour of writing, I managed to finish the scene I’ve worked on for almost a week. And ended it off this way:
(Excerpt from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
“You know: we can get our picture taken at one of the most famous departure points of one of the most famous schools in literature—and tomorrow we’re leaving for Amsterdam to get ready to leave for our own strange school.” He wiggled his eyebrows. “Kind of a coincidence, don’t you think?”
Annie nodded slowly. “Yes, that is rather remarkable.” She sipped the last of the Lemon Aid—not so much to quench her thirst but to hide the smile that had begun to form . . . Oh, Kerry: if only I could tell you about how strange things are at our new school.
Oh, Annie, you little minx. You could tell him, but you’d probably have to leave his body in an alley somewhere afterwords, right? No, she’s not like that. Not at all.
Five thousand, two hundred and sixty-three words, which turned two scenes that were about three thousand words total into one scene about eighty percent bigger. But a lot gets done in this scene, and I feel it’s far better than what had come before. And I am finished–
This time around. Later comes the edits and the additional grief, but for now–done.
It’s also a little strange for me as a writer as well, because today is an important day in the history of my make-believe school. Really, tomorrow is when all the hell breaks loose, but the 29th of April is when the school suffered a massacre during the last full school year of the 20th Century. Instructors and students died–a lot of them pretty horribly–and when it was all over a few of the people who are in my current story did what they could back then to hold everything together and keep the school from falling apart. After all, when thirty-plus students and a good portion of your staff and instructors die at the hands of crazy infiltrators, it tends to make the returning student body feel like maybe they should find another place to practice their mad skills.
Interesting story, and one I have to fix up and publish. Also the first one where I had to deal with a nutty beta reader who would not read past the third page because it was “slow”, and told me to remove the first two parts (which she didn’t read) while at the same time refusing to read the third part until I made the changes she demanded. Um . . . yeah. I’ll get right on that, because I’m all about dancing to the tune of crazy readers.
Maybe I could find a way to send them off to my school for a weekend . . .