…Hoo, boy. It’s a good thing that I was planning to get TINSEL RAIN out later in the year, because I’m gonna need to do a bunch more stitching than I remembered. Starting with fixing the skeleton properly, instead of the quick-and-dirty realignment I did last November.
Nothing is actually horrible, although if I was supposed to get this to the editor by the end of the month I’d be in deep trouble. But I just decided to turn this into a two month project instead of a one month one. Best way to make a thorough job of it.
Got about half of the beta readers back in full and the other half are sending me stuff, so that’s on track. I also have the editor confirmed, and contracted out for the map (I absolutely needed to have a map for this book). The cover’s being worked on already, as you all know. I expect MORGAN BAROD will go to the editor at some time in May. I expect I’m going to try to work on TINSEL RAIN also in May, and until it’s time for me to do edits for MORGAN BAROD. If I have any time left over after that, I’m going to get a jump on the new novel.
Oh, and I’m planning a side project involving “Pickman’s Model.” Keep watching the skies…
Ha. Haha! HAhhaHAHA! IT’S DONE! Oh, it’s not a real book yet. It’s got twenty thousand words’ worth of connective tissue to establish and more characterization to develop and there’s a plot hole or three to fix and at least one scene to write, but: 60000 words! I made it! With a day to spare!
So close to the 50K point. Close enough I was half tempted to burn my way through, but I decided to keep to the pace. Besides, TINSEL RAIN is still not quite a book at this point. I’m gonna need every word of that 60K. 80K, really.
Technically, the number is 50,000, so I could technically finish tomorrow or Wednesday. Realistically, it should be 80,000 but that’s really hard to do in a month without special training and no distractions. 60,000 is at about the height of my current prowess.
But I did write the ending today. Now we start throwing piles of words at places that I skipped over the first time!