I usually start these posts with a bit about my personal life before I get to the writing news. But tonight I’m going to just jump right in. You see, as of a few hours ago, the first draft of End Point Pangaea is done! Of course, anyone who knows anything about writing understands that this doesn’t mean that the book is completed. But it is a huge first step. I’ve already begun reading back through to find the most glaring mistakes, so I can at least present something to my beta readers that (hopefully) won’t make them want to gouge their eyes out. The novel clocked in at a bit over 72K words, and I fully expect to have some changes in that very soon. It’s by far, the shortest novel I’ve ever written, but adding more to it would be a disservice to the book. It would end up being fluff, and I hate fluff.
I’ve finished the story, and it wanted to be 72K. No need trying to force it into something that it isn’t. Of course, there will still be some changes. For one thing, I’m not happy with the ending yet. This seems to be a recurring theme for me, though. I was unhappy with the endings in the first drafts of the last two novels I’ve done. I’m not sure what it is, but things just have to percolate for a bit for me to find the right tone for the ends of my books. Now that I think about it, when I wrote Half Past Midnight I ended up fretting over the ending for months before I was okay with it (or at least, happy enough to let it go).
There are other, minor issues that I anticipate changing within the next few days, but I think I’ve reached the point where I don’t feel the need to fret about it anymore. I’m comfortable enough with the process now that, between my re-reads, and my beta readers, I’m confident I’ll get the kinks worked out.
In other news, the first autographed copies of Year 12 went out today, and a few more are ready to go soon. I was happy to find that the USPS gives a break in shipping “media” such as books. It looks like I can ship just about anywhere in the continental US for about three or four dollars. Believe me, that’s a HUGE break compared to the ten to eleven dollars that UPS wanted, or the original six to eight for regular shipping with USPS. So if you want an autographed copy of Year 12 or Streets of Payne, email me at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Personal stuff –
And now for what I couldn’t talk about last week. Last week was MBH’s birthday, and Baby Bird decided to drop in to help us celebrate. Those of you who’ve followed me for a while already know that I don’t like to mention when MBH and I are gone, or when any of the kids are visiting – at least not until everyone is back at home. It’s a security thing. Letting people know when you aren’t going to be at home just isn’t a good idea.
While she was here though, we had a great time, and she painted something new for her mom. It’s currently at a framing shop being, well… framed. (Yes, that was the RPotW I posted last week.) But I’ll post a pic of it when we get it back. And while she was here, we tried a new sushi place in Owasso. For those of you who don’t already know, sushi is my new culinary obsession. I could barely stand the stuff just a few years ago, but I found that having GOOD sushi is an amazing experience. Since I found a good place in a nearby town, I’ve been obsessed. I didn’t think it could get any better.
I was wrong. We tried a new place while Baby Bird was here, and it was amazing. In the picture here, you see (left to right) the Cowboy Bebop (Shrimp tempura, avocado, jalapeno, lemon, cilantro, Lemon, soy garlic. Topped with seared beef and mayo, hot sauce and scallions. Served with a side of ponzu sauce), the Brown Eyed Girl (Shrimp tempura, garlic cream cheese, habanero and avocado. Topped with roasted salmon, mango and, drizzled with eel sauce and a tangy berry reduction), and the Big Mama (Albacore tuna, avocado, crab, scallion, lemon slice and masago. Tempura fried and rolled in rice with sea-weed on the outside. Served with Eel sauce). They were all… well, how many ways can I say amazing?
And that’s about it. This week, I won’t post a Random Picture of the Week. Instead, I’m posting a picture I took when we went to the park with Baby Bird. MBH & Baby Bird on a beautiful day at the lake. I’m a lucky man.
Now, back to edits. Stay safe everyone.