A milestone! Just finished the first draft of book three in my new series, THE ARISEN WORLDS. Fireworks are going off! Hurrah, people are celebrating with me! Or... oops, it's almost the 4th of July, so maybe I'm celebrating by myself. That's ok, because today, as always, to finish the first draft of a novel feels like I have climbed a mountain (or at least a serious hill.)
Servant of the Lost Power has 381 manuscript pages, 103,196 words, and 32 grammar suggestions from my ever-diligent spell check program, which I call Fosdick.
Fosdick is a former pencil sharpener and office busybody for whom grammar is a sacred calling. He holds tight to the straight and narrow, and god help the novelist who dares to occasionally depart from the rules-as-taught-by Mrs. Peabody in the 8th grade. I don’t know what he’d make of Cormic McCarthy, who didn’t wholeheartedly believe in punctuation.
Where was I? Oh, book 3. Yes, first draft finished! I love the book, warts and all! I’ve had fun getting deeper into the world and the characters, including Rusadka, a favorite from book one. She is a kick-ass warrior who . . . oh, wait, no plot leaks!
I plan to release Book 3 in February of next year. And, lest ye forget, Book two, Stranger in the Twisted Realm – now on pre-order - is coming September 5! Book one, The Girl Who Fell Into Myth, is available at most online booksellers. You can get signed and/or personalized copies at A Book For All Seasons in Leavenworth, WA: firstname.lastname@example.org