I’m just under 17,000 words into my Nanowrimo word count, and just over 52,000 words into the first draft of SOULRAZOR (which also happens to be Book 3 of the Blood Skies series). So far, so good. I’m averging over 2,000 words a day, and while the story is still pretty rough (which is to expected when you’re writing nebulous, dream-state stuff about vampires, time travel and evil meteorites, not to mention doing most of it from the POV of a character whose voice you’re still getting used to), overall I think it’s coming along well. There’s also no question that I’ll have to revise the living shit out of it, but that’s not the concern right now.
What’s it about, you ask? Well…
Blood Skies, Book 3
The war continues! Eric Cross and his team of elite mercenaries are tasked with uncovering the truth behind vampire activity near the remote city-state of Fane. But something sinister is happening to Cross, and the key to his salvation has something to do with the Ebon Cities’ new necrotic weapon and their army of false avatars. Cross’ journey will take him to the brink of death and back, and he and his team will battle through blighted wilderness and into the unstable depths of a world that teeters at the brink of its own destruction…
I’m stoked about this project, in part because I’ve taken a slightly different approach this time, telling much of the story from a new point-of-view and twisting the narrative around in a non-linear fashion. There’s still tons to do before I’m even finished with the rough draft, but so far I’m crazy-wild excited about SOULRAZOR!
Meanwhile, all of my Nano buddies seem to be kicking ass, as well. Alan Edwards recently posted his own status update, and judging from the wordcount of a few of my writing pals (some of which, frankly, make me quite envious), overall we seem to be doing well.
I’m doing so well with my WIP, in fact, that some of my other projects have suffered, the most noted of which is SOMETHING BLACK…
The prequel to the BLOOD SKIES series was written a few years ago (also as part of a Nanowrimo project), and I had the delusion that I’d just be able to whip it into shape real quick, do a couple of fast revisions, and have it out there for you all by Christmas. I was even going to make it free!!!
Alas, the whole “out by Christmas” part isn’t going to happen. My writing style has changed drastically in the three years since I first wrote SOMETHING BLACK…, and in order to keep that novel up to the standards of quality I’ve come to expect from myself it doesn’t merely need a revision, it needs a re-write. And frankly I don’t have to time to undertake that at the moment, not with Nanowrimo and sloughing through the holiday season, which, for many of us, is the busiest time of the year at work, as well. (I refer to Wizards of the Coast as “Psychos R’ Us” from about early November until the beginning of February…Year-End Accounting is a bitch.)
Thankfully, all is not lost. I’m going to slowly be working my way through a complete re-write of SOMETHING BLACK… chapter at a time, revising as I go along. I’m not worried about getting it completed in time for a December release. All I’m worried about is getting 2-3 chapters done per month so that I can provide them to my newsletter subscribers.
That’s right: if you want to see SOMETHING BLACK… before anyone else, you’ll have to subscribe to my newsletter. There really isn’t much to it: you can click on the bold link or else just type your e-mail into the form at the top right of the website. Not only will you get some free cool stuff right away (I’m not saying what… ;D), but once a month you’ll receive a chunk of the newly revised prequel to the Blood Skies saga in your Inbox, absolutely free.
SOMETHING BLACK… will eventually be completed and given mass release, but that won’t be for some time, as it’s becoming a secondary project of mine for the time being. The only way to see it as it develops is to sign up now.
That’s it for now! Check back on Wednesday for the Indie Author interview with Mike Berry, and tune back in on Friday for another installment of TALES OF A BLOOD EARTH.
Have a terrific week!