Monday, October 13, 2014
Kingdom is Coming!
I've already contacted my cousin about the cover art, and I hope to do a reveal in December - haven't settled on a day, let me think on this.
I'm extremely satisfied with how the book came together. It's not as long as I had planned, but it's not because I ran out of story, but rather, when I rewrote it, the scenes stretched longer than they had the first time around (something that happens frequently with me) and I didn't want to write a book twice the length of Sew, so I took out Casperl's half of the story. Don't worry though, it'll be receiving it's own ... I'm not sure what to call it yet, but its title will be Quest for the Quince. It won't be an official book in the series, since I don't think it'll be that long, but rather book 3.5, or something like that.
The book amounted to about 40,000 words, just over the length of Sew, It's a Quest, though, interestingly enough, because it ended up with just twelve chapters (Averaging 3,000 to 4,000 words apiece, compared to the 1,000 to 2,000 word average of Sew), it's amounted to fewer pages. And yes, it's already formatted, (yay!) so I know.
Anyways, I intend to let it sit for the month of November, while I NaNo my heart out,and then I'll plunge into editing. And yes, I'm interested in beta readers, but to apply, you must have written a review somewhere for both of the two previous books. Doesn't matter where, or how long the review is, but I want proof that you read both ;). I'll send it out in December, after I give it a first combing.
For right now, the target release date (which I'm very confident about) is February 14th. Valentine's day. All's fair in Love and War, you know.
Bookania fans, this is a book you won't want to miss, especially if you're a fan of Robin and Eric. I know it was supposed to Arthur's book, but Robic kinda stole the spotlight for ... about half the book. (And yes, I use a shipping name for my own characters. I have several ... Sameleine ... Clarand ... Ruetra ... Arthira ...you get the idea ...) Robin has ... become comfortable with herself in this book, though she does have her moments, and I really enjoyed writing with her.
Now, onto NaNo plans.
Since I don't have editing to contend with, you'd better believe that I'm going to be participating in my favorite national holiday. This'll be my fifth year (scary thought, now that I think about it), and in celebration of that fact, this'll be my first year to go rebel. I'm not going to start a new novel. Instead, I'm going to keep plowing through on Water Princess, Fire Prince, which I've been writing for 100-4-100. So far, I'm rather pleased with the story. I'm telling it completely differently than I did the last few times I attempted writing it.
Instead of, like before, I would flop back and forth between the two of them at an almost dizzying speed, I'm separating their stories until they meet each other in part 3. First I'm telling Clara's story in part one, then I'll focus on Andrew in part two. This means that (1), I can't prop their stories on each other and (2) Clara and Andrew can actually stand on their own before they must rely on each other.
I'm currently sitting at 8,000 words, and I'm only on the morning of Clara's second day in Klarand. It's about to start skipping over time, but pleased with the wordcount, as the last time I reached this scene (on the computer) I was at roughly the same amount of words, and Andrew's scenes were scattered in there. In the notebook, I ... can't tell you the number off the top of my head, but it wasn't nearly as high.
So, there's my accomplishments and ambitions, now on to greater, grander things!