In the Corridors of Light and Dreams…DONE!

I’m so happy to finally announce that “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams” is DONE!

Well, the first draft as well.

It’s 708 pages and clocks in at a whopping 175,000 words. Yeah, it’s freaking huge. I know. And it needs a ton of work still. It will not see the light of day for a while, so don’t get too excited about this. But I’m fairly happy with the ending, even though the beginning still makes me cringe. But the point? The point is it’s done!

So what’s next?

Well, I’m going to take the next couple of weeks off for editing Soul of the Scribe. I want to push myself forward to get that ready for critique. In fact, there’s a comment in the last post I need to read about specifically that! I’m just doing this at the last moment before it’s time for me to move on. But I’m keeping my promise and doing it once a week! Awesome, right?

I just finished my read through of Soul and I’m very happy with it. Chapter 6 still has an enormous emotional impact. It hits like a sledgehammer. And Chapter 7 makes me dance because of just how freaking funny the start is. And after letting a story sit for several months and coming back to see it in such good shape? It’s a good sign.

Nothing else to report for now. Except for I am planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m aiming for 40K. Don’t want to kill myself…much.

Heh.

Good luck and have fun folks!

-rks

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In Sight Announcements

I’m so close to the end of “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams” I can actually see the ending! I’m at the final resolution and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. Because I’m almost a pure discovery writer, it’s as much a surprise to me as it is to the reader. Maybe that’s one of the things that works well. I do the discovery writing to find the bones of the story and then go back in to fill in the details with proper foreshadowing.

Well, I know that “Corridors” is very weak indeed right now. This need an enormous amount of work. But in a few days, a week at tops, I’ll be able to say happily that it’s done. It’ll end up something around 165K probably.

I’m being slow going through my edits of Soul of the Scribe though. I can’t decide if I should either take a break from writing and focus solely on editing Soul or cut back my writing in something to 500 words a day instead of the current 1300. Any thoughts?

Finally, there’s a little announcement I’d like to make here. 🙂

I’d like you to meet Caitlyn. She’s my little girl. And she has a little message to share.

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🙂

Have fun folks!

-rks

No Rest for the Writer

So I’m part of the OC Writer’s Group on Facebook. It formed from survivors of NaNoWriMo this year and it’s the first time I’ve ever been involved in such a project. Someone needed a bit more inspiration and made a suggestion of doing a March NaNo. I liked that idea, so I’ve moved into doing this. But I’m making myself some unique goals.

  1. 1100 words a day minimum on work days. Add 100 words to the daily goal every week.
  2. Double the daily word goal on my two days off.
  3. Perform a full edit of my novella “Soul of the Scribe” by the end of March.
  4. Perform a full edit of my short story “A Glimmer of Perspective” by the end of March.

These are my four goals for this month. The reason I don’t have anything more specific is because I finally finished the huge climax for “In the Corridors of Light and Dreams.” I suspect it’ll end around 170K words. I have a lot of loose threads to wrap up. And in truth, I know I’ll cut a lot of it, but I need to get the basics down before I can cut anything.

After that’s done…I don’t know what I’ll work on next for my writing project. I don’t want to go into full editing mode, because it’ll make it so much harder to start writing again. I need to keep the momentum I have going.

I have a few ideas. “Stormhaven,” which was originally designed to be a webcomic, has been calling to me lately. The best way to describe this is “Harry Potter in reverse.” Essentially, a troublemaking student at a magical academy is expelled for a prank gone terribly wrong and is forced to move to the remote town of Stormhaven to study under a retired warlock. I had a really good tag line for it, but I don’t know where it is right now.

The other idea is finishing Book 2 of the Orion Project. The problem with Orion is it’s become massive. I’m worried that it’s way too big for me to handle right now.

Or I could start playing with the third story of the “Dreamscape” universe (which is what I’m currently calling the Scribe universe).

Still playing with ideas, but I need to finish Corridors first.

So far, I’m doing pretty well with this new commitment to do this blog on a regular basis. I’m going to try and stay focused on writing and gaming projects. But since I recently made some changes to my schedule, it’s going to be a lot more writing and less gaming. For instance, I now write for about 30-40 minutes in the morning before going to work instead of playing WoW. I didn’t want to, but I felt like it was needed for me to get serious. And it’s worked well. I actually managed to punch out my 1100 goal in the morning one time, allowing me to focus on editing during my lunch at work.

Anyway, that’s about it here. Nothing big.

Oh yes, something cool: I found that I’ve written over a million words in only my personal journal since August of 2010. A million words in 2.5 years. Not too bad.

Hope you folks are all doing wonderfully. Thanks for sticking around!

-rks