It’s been 11 months since my last update in regards to my novel, here on my WordPress blog.
Admittedly, comparative to how far I thought I would have come in that time to how far I’ve actually come is… well, disappointing.
Too many have long since given up asking me about when it’s going to be finished, and I don’t really blame them. It gets old quick having to give the same response; ‘still editing, but progress is progress’.
And yeah, progress is progress. I can’t get hung up on how little that may or may not be, because at the end of the day, I have health issues that makes it near impossible to have much of a timetable or daily structure. I have to focus on my health first and foremost, but I can assure you, my novel comes err… joint second. (Family life, y’know?)
Speaking of which, you may have noticed not one but TWO Border Collies in the featured image. On 28th March we welcomed a new member to our family. Say ‘Hi’ to Apollo!
He’s now 7 month’s old. He’s sweet, a little bit crazy, and quite the handful in the beginning of his energetic adolescence! Zeus is doing fantastically in teaching him the basics, socialising him, giving him a whole lotta confidence, and helping me use up some of that puppy energy. So I’m pleased to say he’s adjusted to us very well, and quite quickly!
… Back to the book update.
If I were to give you an estimate, I would say I’m 3/4 of the way there. I really am nearly finished, I just can’t tell you precisely when that pivotal (and long anticipated?) moment will be. All I can really say, though, is it’ll be finished this year.
Right now I’m stuck on working the ins and outs of my magick system, which – if you didn’t know – is ridiculously difficult and exhausting work. I’ve already created a system of laws (societal and physical) which I’m happy with, it’s just a matter of figuring out the schools of magick, which type can do what, the limitations of that school, any branches (or not) in said school, and how many schools of magick can be learnt by a single person… and probably other things I can’t currently think of.
I have a rough idea of what I want, and although I probably don’t need all of this set in stone until in later books, I personally want a solid foundation of something that drives my story.
After that, I need to finish up some of the main lore behind my novel. I can’t even begin to tell you how much lore I need to create for the entire series, but lets just focus on a bit at a time, yeah? Haha.
So as I finish up the last 1/4 of the book, I’ll be working on the magick system and lore on the side…
Also, in the last 11 months, there have been three new story ideas put in my “others” folder, making a total of 45 other novels to write, majority of which are a series. Sigh.
Let’s finish tackling this novel first, I think.
What is the magick word, anyway? Did I even say?…
Also, err, word count total currently sits at around 109,000.