Listening to: Understanding What We've Grown To Be - WCAR
Drinking: Sugar-free Red Bull
Well I think most of you know I've been working on a multi-book series since 2006, be it from my whining on this journal here of the various woes or from reading my biography section. This tiny spark of creativity, consisting of perhaps three pages of a subordinate soldier giving her superior some snark, grew...to say the least.
As of this morning I had four books in-progress, and notes for a fifth and sixth. Furthermore, between my co-illustrator, S.C. Scott, and I, we have easily three-hundred or so sketches, drawings, and paintings, be it in traditional or digital format, the majority of which are still in-progress.
So, yeah, suffice to say said tiny spark of creativity grew...first to a flame, from a flame to a blaze, and from a blaze to the full-on raging inferno it's become today.
Point here is, I wasn't certain if I'd ever get to the point I could say this:
The first draft of the first book is COMPLETE.
Now, when I say 'first draft' here, that's not to say it's not been edited for content or anything. Believe me, it has. This wasn't supposed to be a series, but as the story became a behemoth, I had to split it up. I spent countless hours collating what information was where, shifting events, creating and writing new chapters only to cut them in part or entirely, dealing with nigh-impossible timeline restrictions within this world I've created, and so on and on and bloody on. I mean, I'm talking about nine years work here, guys XD
So these twenty-seven chapters, totaling an extremely modest 63k and change words, which make up this 'first draft', heh, well, I have been over each and every word no less than thirty or forty plus times apiece. Would I send it out for an agent review today? No, and that's why I'll call it a draft. But it's really close, really damn close.
Anyhow, thanks for all y'all's ears (or eyes, rather). The second book is ATM far longer, but I'll be diving into a massive edit session with it soon.
Otherwise I just want to mention how much I appreciate my ex's help. In particular, his no-nonsense way of telling me when I'm being a fuckin loon and his donations to this series, those being 1) a seriously complex, nasty character (who unfortunately isn't around until book II), and 2) the co-writing genius he applied when we wrote Chapter VII together, which, imho, is an incredible work of storytelling.
Now, excuse me while I have a smoke. I think I deserve it.