So, to celebrate, I'm going to share some stats and facts with you guys that you might find interesting.
Part 1: The Water - 30,697 words - 11 chapters
Part 2: The Fire - 20,976 words - 10 chapters
Part 3: The Mountain - 26,383 words - 9 chapters
Part 4: The Kastle - 33,258 words - 10 chapters
Part 5: The War - 21,796 words - 7 chapters
Epilogue - 2,978 words
I find it amusing that the 1, 2, and 5 each have the same digits in the second half of their number, each in a different order.
Despite the fact that Part 4 is the longest, it actually covers the least amount of time - just five days. Part 1 and 2 each cover several months (the same several months though), part 3 is a couple weeks, and part five is about a week and a half.
I have decided that I will change Jeptha's name to Alphego, and he is mentioned 125 times.
Andrew's name is mentioned the most times - 917 - as well as 465 times using Fire Prince.
Clara's name is used 880 times (though a few mentions are actually deCLARAtions, but word search doesn't know the difference.) Water Princess is used 571 times, so she wins there.
Clara and Andrew kiss four times, all in part 5. I almost cut the third of these kisses in this second draft, but then I got to the scene and it happened again, and this time it was even more perfect, so I just let it. For the squemish sort, none of them are very descriptive. I've never been kissed myself, so I couldn't possibly write one at all accurately if I decided to do that.
Books that Clara quotes and/or otherwise alludes to include: Pride and Prejudice, Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride, Gone with the Wind, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and The Prince and the Pauper.
Ending line: He laughed. “I’m quite certain that can be arranged.”
In the scene where Clara and Andrew meet, he mistakes her for a giraffe. Er, well, that's her story and she's sticking to it. He has a slightly different memory of the event.
I never specify Andrew's height, only that he's much taller than Clara, who's 4'11 1/2". She finds this very annoying.
For the longest time, I couldn't decide who to dedicate this book to. (I have the next two books already determined.) But then I remembered that I promised my baby sister that I'd give her this book for her birthday one year (intending to create a small picture-book version), but it didn't happen. So I'm dedicating this book to her.
Anyways, now onto Bookania. As some of you may have already realized, I've set up a pinterest board for its fans. Anyone can join, all you have to do is ask and make sure I know your pinterest account name. This board is for you to pin anything that reminds you of the Bookania, the characters, and the plots. Have fun with it!
BTW, the first three people to pin something to the board will get a surprise. Not sure yet what the surprise may be, but it will probably be a sneak-peak at something Bookania related.