I just wound my little widget up the side back … You see, it was still reading over 42,000 words, which is what I had got to a week or two ago. But, then I played with my Chapter One, and shortened it. And then, as mentioned previously, I was struggling with my Chapter Eight (and Seven, and, therefore, Nine). Finally got Chapter Eight sorted, as mentioned in my post “Letting it go“. And today … 1,164 words (during the hour and a half my toddler slept). If I had more time to sit here, I could write a ton more. That’s how freeing getting that chapter sorted has been. Sure, the new stuff isn’t perfect, but this is a draft. But, it’s moving the story. It’s just a matter of balancing the info-dumping that could happen now with the very big (very cool) fight I want to have happening.
I suspect things will move forward pretty swiftly for the next wee while. Things are coming back in line with my previous draft (ish), so I will almost be able to copy-paste some stuff … not quite, some characters are coming in, and some are leaving (sad face) earlier than I had planned, but it will be easier, I think. The meat of the story has arrived, anyway.
So, this morning I “attended” a Brent Weeks’ forum chat – in which the man himself signed in. It was really cool. He answered people’s questions regarding the “Night Angel” trilogy – of the Brent Weeks fans, I almost feel like the only person who doesn’t love it … I admit, I haven’t read the whole thing, yet, and I do expect it to get better, but, no, so far I don’t feel like it is utterly amazing as some people like to gush. He then went onto “personal” questions, which no one had (I mean, what do you ask some stranger about their personal life?), and then there was a discussion of “The Black Prism” which came out last year. Of course, people tried to get him to drop spoilers of the upcoming books for the “Lightbringer” Trilogy, but, na … he loves to laugh evilly at those people, and I don’t blame him. Honestly, I didn’t really know what to ask … I don’t want spoilers. But, I threw a few innocuous questions out there so I wouldn’t just be sitting there gushing about how much I enjoyed the book (and, yeah, if you read it, you’ll see it’s not the perfect book … but, I really did love reading it, and I look forward to reading more tales involving the characters … and I still maintain that I would have Gavin Guile (the “fake” one)’s babies … um, yeah). Anyway, Mr Weeks seems really down to earth and loves his writing. And, when people ask him about his writing process, a lot of his answers mirror what my own would be, so it keeps my dream that just maybe-I’ll-get-published-one-day alive. I clutch at anything.
Now that I’ve made such progress on my WIP, I must make myself sit down later this week and start on my short stories. I have two that I have ideas for, and two competitions coming up later in the year that their “categories” will be appropriate for. With one success I’m keen for a couple more goes (you know, I think I feel better about my second place than I would if I’d somehow managed to get first in the first competition I’d entered … that would have just been wrong).
Aw, my toddler heard an email arrive via my mobile, so he brought my phone to me. Cute, huh? Anyway, better not leave him playing by himself all afternoon (not that it’s a bad skill to have!)