So about my prediction of the sequel being ready this year… yeah, that may have been a bit optimistic. Life, as usual, had other plans and I’m currently prepping for yet another move. (I would also like to point out that downsizing your household via Craigslist is amazingly cathartic.) And I’m really not sure how things are going to shake out and whether my situation will be better or worse as far as getting in some writing goes. So, no more predictions at this point and time. (And, yeah, maybe someday I will be less cryptic and actually talk about what’s going on in my life. Maybe.)
The good news is that first draft is sitting at 86,000 words, so not too far from the 97,000 of book one. It’s obvious the sequel will be longer, though; I’m thinking around 120,000 words, so significantly longer than the first book but not a doorstopper by any means. And part of the reason I write pretty slow-ish is that I tend to stop a lot and think things through before plowing ahead to satisfy a word count–so I generally don’t have any massive re-writes when it comes time to edit. Also, editing is something I can do in smaller chunks, whereas the actual writing I tend to need a few hours to really get into the flow of the story; so what I’m saying is that once I can manage the first draft, I think things will pick up, since that sort of task is actually easier to fit into my life right now.
And I don’t know why I’m explaining myself since nobody really visits here at this point, but I like to make sure my many failings as a human being are a part of the public record. You know, for posterity.
Apparently I decided that during the period I promised to produce a lengthy work of art was also the time to undertake many life-changing endeavors, including graduating from college, starting a family, making an interstate move, selling a house, and beginning a challenging new career (because, sadly, writing does not pay the bills yet–hey, buy my book!).
With the excuses out of the way, things are starting to settle down (again) and I’ve made some progress. For some reason, I’ve always had this compulsive desire to write fiction, so I’m not going to give it up merely because it might be easier to (it wouldn’t), or even if it never turns into financial success. And really, the feedback on Shadows has been so positive that I’d have to be a real jerk not to continue the series.
So my goal is to have sequel done and published by the end of the year, of course, the sooner the better. There will also be an audiobook version at some point, though I’m still mulling my options on that front. So yes, I’m still alive and there is still writing going on.
That being said, it did take me two hours to compose this post because I’m taking care of the baby, so life and all that.
In my latest excuse for not having finished the sequel yet, I have a newborn at home. 🙂 That’s pretty much the trump card of excuses, right? Well, yeah, we have a new baby who is now about a month old. However, I think things are settling into enough of a routine that I can ramp up the writing again (and NaNoWriMo was not even a consideration this year).
From a more encouraging standpoint, I am roughly halfway through the first draft, and I tend to pick up momentum the closer I get to the conclusion.
The Shadows of the Underwizard page has been updated with most of the new sales channels. It’s still not showing up in iTunes for some reason; I’ll be checking with Smashwords to see what’s going on.
Progress on the as-yet-unnamed sequel ground to a halt during the whirlwind completion of my degree. Fortunately, that’s all wrapped up and I’ve dived back into the sequel between job-hunting. However, as I’m sure some of you well know in this economy, times of unemployment–even if you’re not at imminent risk of homelessness, starvation, etc.–tend to be some of the most unproductive times of all. You’re constantly at a low level of stress, the days seem shorter, and you can justifiably put off anything till tomorrow. Or am I alone in feeling this way?
Anyway, I’m trying not to let it get to me. It’s still too early to say when the next book will be ready, so I’ll stop with the sequel-teasting and get back to to the word processor…