It seems like not too long ago I said I was going to go ahead and start plotting out the next Foundation novel, probably some time in May. And it wasn’t too long after that when I mentioned on this blog when I mentioned that I’d started said plotting, mostly because I wanted to get started on that.
And now I can tell you I’m finished, most or less, with the major plot out. This is what happens when you have these things in your head and they want out: you can’t say no to them.
I have finished Parts Ten and Eleven, and that’s all there is, folks. One change I made was moving Part Seven to Act Two, so that now Act One is Parts One, Two, and Three, and Acts Two and Three have four parts each. There are thirty-two chapters, which are ten fewer than the last novel. Still, after looking at what I did today, I added fourteen scenes to the story, bringing the total, so far, to one hundred and twenty-nine scenes. I’ll likely add a few more along the way, so I’m guessing the novel will top out around one hundred and thirty-five scenes, which should work out to an estimated two hundred thousand words. Only about half the last novel, but still . . . it’s a lot of words.
I’m still thinking a quarter of a million is going to be more the real length.
Let’s see what we have. Here’s Part Ten.
As you may remember, 3 May is Kerry’s birthday, so there are a few scenes dealing with that event, just as there is a chapter dealing with Annie’s birthday. This is something that will show up in every novel, because if there is one thing these two kids need, it’s birthday time together. And the scene Tag-a-Long . . . That will be the last time Emma is in a scene, and probably the last time any flying is observed. And Kisses at My Madness–the time means something, it really does. And it’s something that’s going to happen in a later novel as well. It’s even going to become a tradition of sorts between these two . . .
After that we have The Three Bindings, and when I speak about something happening a while back in this novel that changes everything with these kids, this is where they get into details on that. It’s also where Erywin talks about shenanigans, and Deanna says something to Annie that makes her blush, so it must be good. I expect Sitting by Sunset to be something short and sweet, and perhaps the moment where the kids are absolutely certain about their future–or at least the future they know they could have.
Then there’s Part Eleven–
The two chapters deal with two days. Chapter Thirty-One deals with the departure from the school and the night Annie and Kerry spend before flying back to Europe, while Chapter Thirty-Two deals with the flight back, the arrival in Germany, and Kerry’s return home. Annie’s last scene is the penultimate scene–which translate as “Goodbye For Now”–but she’s going to do something before leaving that will be far different than how she acted in Amsterdam when she said goodbye to her soul mate.
As you can see by the notes on the right side of the screen–said notes attached to the scene After Breakfast Jaunt–I’ve figured out the time in four different cities in four different time zones. That’s how when I get to the penultimate scene I know the time in all four of the locations selected. I’ll have to show you how I do that one day.
That’s it, she’s finished. As I said, I’ll probably add a few more scenes in time, maybe as I write, but for now this is the layout for the next big project.
And I’m already thinking about that . . .