I should be posting something else, but I know my friend will understand the delay and entirely forgive me, since we would both agree that this is more important. Amazingly, it’s done. The edit of the second draft of Dark Mirror is complete. In just a day over a month, I wrote an entire draft, then edited said draft. Why don’t I feel more tired from this feat? Oh, right, adrenaline and hot chocolate. I rewrote the last two chapters almost completely, working in a fresh file and only copying over those bits that could be used with the new ideas, but even that is done. It’s also a bit longer. And by a bit, I mean about 8k longer, now weighing in at a not-mind-blowing 81,773 words. Trust me, that’s still pretty short by Fantasy standards.
Yes, I did end up incorporating those tugs and whispers I mentioned before. It felt like pure laziness not to at least mentally explore the implications of doing so, and when I did, I found that it made the chapter far better, the story as a whole smoother and set up something I’m going to need later, when I go to write Possession and The Nine. It didn’t take as much extra work as I had feared either, though it did forced the above mentioned rewrites, but even that turned out better, though I’m not entirely happy with the final chapter yet, I think. I guess I just don’t have a lot of practice at endings. We’ll see. It goes in a virtual drawer now for however long I can leave it or a few days, whichever comes first (long time readers of this blog are probably sniggering at that, knowing which is more likely), after which I will read it again all the way through with no editing (though I might stop just long enough to fix actual typos if there are any left) and see what I think, and if I think the new title I’m contemplating for it fits. I already know it fits better than DM, but that’s like saying a size 10 shoe fits better than a size 12 when your feet are an 8. It’s an improvement but it still won’t stay on. That said, I’m at the point where any title would make me happier than DM.
I’m amazed to have made it through again. And I still like it. Do I think I can do better? Sure. Do I think that there’s still room for me to grow as a writer, both in expression and how I grow my story and characters? Absolutely. But I think back to the first draft of this, and then even further back to the last novel idea I tried to write, and I can see the progression, the growth and improvement I’ve undergone and it makes me unbelievably happy to see it, because it means I’m on the right track. I’m fairly confident that, after reading it through in (probably not) a few days, I’ll be ready to send it out for the opinions of others. Those people will be warned that it’s on the way once their copies are in the mail though (when it’s too late for me to chicken out). And then it will be time for another project to thoroughly distract myself and keep me busy while I try desperately not to pester them for word on their opinions. I really try not to make a nuisance of myself to people who like me and are doing me a huge favour with the gift of their time, but remember what I’ve said before. I’m not patient. Never have been, and there’s no point in me trying to pretend. The involved parties know better already anyhow.
So, new project. Part of me deeply feels that I should work on Possession, especially since I already have several fairly detailed entries in the outline for that one and I’m getting to have a pretty good idea of where I need to go with it, though the ending still isn’t entirely in focus. The only problem is that I’m a bit concerned regarding doing that and then having something seriously change once I get comments back on DM and having to redo all that work. I’d do it (after me throwing out the first draft of DM, you know I will), but if I can avoid it… And then Helix and his girlfriend start shouting, and I have to tell you, a guy in a leather jacket with a street bike who can do magic is pretty hard to resist. It’s mostly between the two of them, because I’m not sure if I’m ready to face The Ailing Tree, as much as I really want to take a crack at Lorah and Arcalyus. I really do want to write that one, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a slightly ambitious project for me (long story, not going into it here), and I’m not sure I’m ready for it. Funny thing is, I have a way more ambitious project that I’m frankly scared of, which currently goes, as a whole, under the code name Generational. Em and SJ might remember me talking VERY briefly about it and the 5 books it’ll take to write it. Like I said, highly ambitious, but not really on my radar yet. Need better skills first and a lot more thought. Worse, another old idea is knocking on my head, my Tuatha project, but that one will probably take some actual research (agh). Too many choices for this writer. Generational entirely aside, any suggestions?
Oh, and I haven’t forgotten that I promised a pic with my next post (which didn’t happen because the next one was an award post). As I really should have gotten off my lazy ass and done one last time, no matter how tired I was, I shall make up to you all by posting two today. 🙂 And on that note, I bid you adieu and good night. This writer needs to rest her brains (what she has left of them).