Just broke sixty thousand words. We’re getting close to the end, which means that I probably won’t make the eighty thousand I was hoping for, but I really don’t see stretching things out for the sake of word count. It’s just going to be as long as it has to be.
I’m getting ready to tackle the big boss battle with the main antagonist. I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to play out–there are a few things that my bad guy is going to have to let slip during the showdown, and I’m working on ways to script it so that he doesn’t come across as a Republic Serial villain. (“I will crush you! But first, let me explain my evil plan in detail.”)
I’m looking forward to having this done. After the boss battle I have two more significant scenes, one of which is going to be fun and one of which is going to be hard. After that I’m going to take a break from it for a while before I go back to edit.
I don’t think I’ve got a lot of rewriting to do. I know I have a couple of bits of continuity to fix–details that have changed from chapter to chapter that I need to make the same. The basic storyline, though, I think that’s solid.
It’s not really the story I set out to tell, not exactly. It ended up meandering and in a couple of places went somewhere I was not prepared for it to go, but it’s the best story I can tell. I think I’ve been honest with myself and my readers, and I think I’ve treated my characters fairly.
All in all, a solid bit of work.
I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do next. I need to work on The Fauxpocalpse Project, finish up my story, format the other stories, solicit more submissions. I think it’s going to be a good collection.
I do have the next Book Of Lost Doors novel plotted out in my head. I’m not sure if I want to start it right away, though. That world is turning very grim, and I could use some happy people living in my head for a while.
I have a couple of other projects I’d like to do. At the moment the frontrunner is Montgomery’s Island, which is a sequel to H. G. Well’s The Island Of Doctor Moreau told from the beast-men’s point of view. (I know that doesn’t sound particularly bright and cheerful, but it is in my head. We’ll see.)
Anyway, I’m tired, but it’s a good kind of tired. I’ve hit another milestone, and I’m feeling very hopeful about my work.
Break out the slivovitz, boys, it’s Purim somewhere!