I just wanted to stop by and leave a quick update as to how Wicked Rising is coming along. I had intended to have it done and off to my editor by the end of March. But, plans like that are best left open-ended.
After reading through it and doing some final editing, I could see that there needed to be some major revisions. Half of a chapter was moved to a different place in the story. Two whole chapters have been removed from the story altogether and are being moved into the next book in the series and there is the distinct possibility that one or both of them may get axed completely.
Now, I’ve put myself into the position of needing to rewrite part of the moved chapter and come up with two completely new chapters to tie off the ending of the book. Now that Camp NaNoWriMo has begun, I am using this month to get those tasks completed so I can get the manuscript off to my editor. Depending how soon she can get it back to me, I could still have the story published by the middle of this summer.
Rest assured, Garlan and Marnell are still starry-eyed about each other, Mirroth and Agoroth are still getting on each other’s nerves and all the senior wizards are wondering what in the world is going on with all their apprentices. I think there’s something in the water. Some pretty girl bats her eyes at one of them and they get all googly-eyed over them. I don’t know, maybe it’s just spring in the air.
Anyway, I have to get back to work on the story. Garlan still hasn’t figured out his place in all this and without me, he’ll be lost forever.
Yes, it’s been two months exactly since my last post. Even I can’t believe that. January was spent with my pencils and brushes, participating in the 30-in-30 painting challenge. I did some work on the novel, but had to put it on the back burner for a little while to give me the time I needed in catching up on my art.
I have now gotten back to the novel and I am working on it, still with the deadline of getting it to my editor by the end of March and then hopefully, published by the beginning to middle of summer.
I have had to make a couple of major revisions in the story and some reworking of the timelines, but it all seems to be coming together now.
I think it was quite naive to think that I could tell the first part of the story in 100,000 words. If it comes in under 140,000 words, I will be surprised. It’s getting more and more interesting as the story continues. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Just a quick update on the progress of Wicked Rising. Another battle scene written, another disaster averted by sending a dragon as a messenger to another wizard that was walking into a trap and Whitestone Castle has been attacked. Just another day in the land of Wyndweir.
NaNoWriMo ended a week ago and I needed to take a few days off to recover from the pace I set during that little challenge. Hitting 100,000 words in 30 days was a bit of work, but I was able to do it. Now, that I’ve had a few days to sit back and relax and work a little on some art that has been ignored for the month, it is time to get back to work on the novel. I won’t be setting the 3400 words per day pace I did during the challenge, but I will be writing each day for a set amount of time.
I still expect to have this novel ready for publishing by the beginning of summer 2017.
Well, it’s been one long month and it had to come to an end sometime. I’ve put that final period on the last sentence of this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, Wicked Rising. As I said before 100,000 words wasn’t going to get the story told. I have at least another 20,000 words to write. Hopefully I’ll have that done by the end of the week, maybe two weeks.
Then I’m going to let the book sit and marinate for a couple of weeks before I jump into the editing and rewriting. I am still looking forward to having it ready to publish by early summer of 2017.
Then there is always the other two NaNoWriMo month-long challenges to look forward to. April and July are just a few months away.
Here is the final screenshot of my month’s work at the NaNoWriMo website.
Garlan begins to realize that the dark wizard is finding it difficult to fight his war on two fronts, in the real world and in the mind of the comatose wizard. And Pendivall has now found out who is behind their troubles in the northern lands.
One morning the army awakens to find the sky is filled with dragons. These are the older, more experienced dragons coming to join in the fight.
Just a couple more days to go for NaNoWriMo and I should hit 100,000+ words. But, as I said earlier, it appears that this novel is going to take at least another 20,000 words to complete. Should be interesting.
Garlan uses his mind sight to seek out his love and finds she is otherwise occupied. He leaves her and gets a good night’s sleep and when he awakens in the morning, he finds he has a new bodyguard. One who won’t take “no” for an answer when he says he doesn’t need one.
The dark wizard invades the mind of the wizard in the coma and finds out that this wizard is more than a match for him, even in a coma. This wizard can even cast from inside their coma, and even though the fireballs are invisible to the dark wizard’s dragon, he can certainly feel them.
Makes the dark wizard wonder what in the world is going on.
Tragedy strikes the group as the enemy troops prove more formidable than thought. One of our heroes is killed, one is put into a coma and one is injured and out of commission. The dark wizard is taking personal delight in the destruction and even laughs in Garlan’s face.
The dark wizard even attacks the one wizard that has entered into a coma, attacking their mind.
Agoroth leaves the battlefield to tend to an old friend.
And someone finds that they know the identity of the dark wizard and they are devastated when it is revealed. They realize that they were the ones that started this whole journey into war.
Another day, another scene of mayhem. On hearing of the destruction of one of the southern villages, Claudious leaves with a small group of soldiers to see what the condition of the troops are down in that area.
While he is on his journey to the south, the rest of the wizards and leaders prepare the army to head back into the Eastern Desert. More Guildenians have shown up and Garlan and Sigarick are beginning to feel good about their chances of ending this war before it has much of a chance of getting started.
Oh, and the ancient right of pairing has taken place and it took a giant, white dragon to spill the beans to the entire gathering.
As you can see, I’ve just crossed the 70,000 word mark. Getting to 100,000 is a bit of a long shot, but I’m not giving up yet. One thing I’m seeing though is that this story may not be finished without getting closer to 120,000. We’ll have to wait and see.
I have crossed the 50,000 word mark (actually three days ago) and now NaNoWriMo starts validating those that have reached that goal. That is great and all, but my goal is 100,000 words and a completed first draft of this novel. I am sitting at just over 60,000 words and I am hitting the good part of the story, so it should start moving right along.
So, on to the next 40,000 words!
Now, let’s see. How much to tell you?
Okay, after reaching Rosemoor, plans are put in motion to send another group, a larger group, into the Eastern Desert and find this dark wizard and see if the war can be stopped before it even starts.
But, it seems the war has already started in two other places, which the group in Rosemoor is about to find out.
Oh, and Garlan is reunited with an old “friend.”