Because I think book two snuck up and became completed while I wasn’t looking.
At 21 chapters, 99,733 words, I just typed the final words that gave me that feeling of closure on book two of the trilogy, Selarel smiled (it’s not as nice sounding as you might think, he said with an evil chuckle). Granted, it’s just the first draft, and the word counts will likely fluctuate, probably climb a bit as I decide to expand on things here and there, but it’s still an accomplishment. I’ve written a total so far on this thing of 189,919 words, and the next book will be a beast. Most final books in an extended story arc usually are. There’s a lot of major battles coming, along with travel to neighboring nations to try to band all three lands together to combat the coming darkness. It’s going to be a massive undertaking.
An undertaking I may want to wait a bit on.
I know, strike while the iron is hot, but I’ve noticed that I’ve been distracted of late. I think it’s in part the daunting task I see ahead, but also the time I’ve spent so far with this story. I’m afraid if I don’t take a bit of a break, I may end up burnt out on it before I get halfway through the third book and stall. On top of that, I really feel I need to do some research on medieval battles, especially famous ones, to play out the next scenes well. Some of the characters are going to be in the thick of things and I want to make sure I’m doing it right. Most of the battles in book 2 were seen from the battlements, but I can’t do that in the next one. I also need to get a story bible written out. I noticed I was having to spend stupid amounts of time just looking for things I said in book one just to keep continuity that if I had it all in one place, it would make that job easier.
So, I think I will need to take a break on the trilogy, switch gears for my own sanity, I guess you’d say. But hey, on the upside, they’ll all be complete by the time I start looking for someone to rep them. No waiting for me to complete each one, just the wait for the publishers to bring each out, plus whatever revisions they might need.
Now, I just need to decide what to write in the interim. I hear zombies are still big…
Till next time,