Things have really started picking up, plot-wise and with the word count, over the last few days. Which is good, because thanks to the boiler breakdown last week and the three days of repairs, my writing schedule was rather disrupted.
I’ve also found out that next week is going to be a bit of a mess writing-wise too. Why does this only ever happen in my NaNo years? In the non-NaNo years November is dull and empty, but as soon as I commit to something, quick, quick, we demand your time elsewhere! This isn’t really a complaint, just a general expression of bafflement.
Anyway, I’m hoping to get the book finished this week. I’m not sure if I’ll quite manage it, depends on how much brain power I have left and how many random directions my spontaneous dragons can erupt in. I can always tell when I’m getting worn out, though, because my characters start to swear a lot. Normally I only let them swear to make a dramatic point, but the f-word is creeping in all over the place lately. This usually shows I’m too busy (or lazy) to think of something better, but at the moment I just sort of stare blankly at the screen for a few minutes, then shrug and move on. So that’ll be fun to edit later.
I’m also having more trouble picking snippets to share without spoilers. Then again, I’m also struggling to figure out if they’re actually spoilers or not when no one knows anything else leading up to this point over the last two books. I’m trying to avoid them nonetheless.
Now all I have to do is gather up all my trailing threads and try to weave them into a coherent ending. In three days. Wish me luck!
Oh, and because of all the above blathering, I haven’t had much time to spare for Courtship. I’ll try and squeeze a few lines out tomorrow, but I’d kind of like to get Cloud Cursed over and done while I have time. Then I’ll have more time to play. I’m looking forward to it. (Although I’m now full of ideas for Book 4 and would love to write that straight after this. I should probably edit No.2 and release it first. Being an indie author is no fun sometimes ;)
In the meantime, here’s the Snippet List of Progress!
Lost to the continuing Saga of the Boiler.
Cloud Cursed Ch 12
It wasn’t funny and it wasn’t clever. Someone could get hurt – and probably would once Khennik finally tracked down those responsible.
– Khennik, Chapter 12
Day 12 – 3468
Overall – 45, 001
Catching up on other things.
Cloud Cursed Ch 13+14
“Shut up and hand me that naked dragon.”
– *Spoilers* (It’s probably not, I’m just mean), Chapter 13
“You Riders do make life interesting.”
– Korija, Chapter 14
Day 14 – 6538 words
Overall – 51, 539 words
Cloud Cursed Ch 15+16
It was all Estenarven’s fault.
– Khennik, Chapter 15
He used to play with the hummingbirds when he was a dragonling, creeping through the lush forest groves, enchanted by their jewel-bright feathers and their tiny forms. They had been beautiful, so beautiful.
– Mastekh, Chapter 16
Day 15 – 8151 words
Overall – 59,690 words
Cloud Cursed Ch 17+18
Footwear was a serious liability.
– Khennik, Chapter 17
“Ow,” the Rider complained, squirming against his grip. “I was only joking. Gods, you dragons have no sense of humour.”
– Vish, Chapter 18
Day 16 – 8602 words
Overall – 68,292 words
68292 / 80000 words. 85% done!
So close now!
At least, I hope I am, because with where everything ended today I could either wrap the whole thing up in another three chapters, or it could be double that and more. I’m hoping to land somewhere in the middle, but I guess I will have to wait and see.
To all my fellow NaNo participants, hope you’re still on tracking and kicking your word count where it, uh, counts.
And to everyone else, I hope all is well or as good as can be expected.
Take care, my lovelies!