Not much to report…

…except that I’ve surpassed 123,400 words. If this were a romance novel it’d eb long enough to publish. But I have higher standards, like rounding out the plot, for example.

Anyway, I think I’m either 2/5 or 3/5 finished. I just needed some time away from the PC to figure out how to fit two major areas of plot together. It’s all coming along well except the presence of one major thing needs to be more distributed all the way along in my book. Happily, that’s doable. So I’ve got some real work ahead of me, but I think I may be most of the way to done by the time I leave Dharamsala.

But for this afternoon, I think I’ll stop by on a nice plateau I found during my ramblings in the opposite direction from McLeod Ganj. I’ll play a little flute with my frozen fingers, and then head back, eat some bread and write for the rest of the evening. Sounds like fun, right? No, really, it is. And I don’t have much choice…. it’s a national holiday and a Monday, so almost everything is closed. :)

Oops, but that French artist guy. We split a beer after dinner. It was a fascinating talk. I’m thinking of adapting the story of his grandpa’s life to SF: French pilot who, during WWII, escaped to England, thence to Russia, and flew missions on the Eastern front all through the war. Cool guy all around, that Jerome was. Okay, now I’m really going to play a little flute before sunset.

7 thoughts on “Not much to report…

  1. Gord, dear, I hate to break it to you, but 120K is long enough for *any* novel to be published, and is in fact the top upper limit given by most science fiction and fantasy publishers. *grin* However, I’d worry about that much later, on the rewrite.

  2. Really? Hmmm. Is that for first novels, or all novels? I mean, _Earth_’s a lot longer than that. And so is _Cryptonomicon_. But they’re not first novels, I know.

    Well, then. That’s okay, the rewrite is gonna involve a lot of cutting and editing down anyway. I’ve done even a little of that so far. But there is still a lot to go. Hmmm. Maybe it’s a trilogy? God no. I don’t want to be one of those writers. Pairs, series maybe, linked novels probably (the best are Rucker’s “Ware” series… so well linked!) but not trilogies. Argh!

    Ah well, I’ll worry later. The more I write, the more I am beginning to get the feeling like no publisher in America is gonna wanna touch it anyway, for purely poltical reasons. Ah well, there’ always abroad. :)

  3. I think the prejudice is against first novel. As always, it’s economics. *grin* A book the size of Earth has to cost more than a standard novel would cost, and publishers are understandably skeptical about the willingness of audiences to pay extra to read someone they’ve never heard of before. I don’t think it’s a set in stone limit, it’s just a guideline to be aware of.

    I understand Tor is going out on a limb with some books these days – experimental stuff, longer stuff. They’ve got the Robert Jordan books, which are of course making a mint, so they’ve got more economic room to take risks than a lot of the publishers.

    There’s nothing wrong with trilogies. Okay, so they’ve been overused, but they’re a very natural-feeling length for a series. It’s that lovely archetypal tendency of humans to group things (books, events, gods…) into threes.

  4. Trilogies: I just don’t want to be one of those authors that writes them. I think there are so many potentially good ideas out there, if you get caught into writing series, it kind of… I don’t know, limits you. Besides which, it’s WAY too overdone.

    It’s different if you write a book and they say they wanna split it into three, of course. That I understand more. Some would say I’m an elitist for not wanting to get into that sort of thing. But, me, I just think that it’s a case of priorities.

    I’m also now beginning to think I should focus, for the moment, on certain things I haven’t been. Work out the ending and then work the middle after. Might work. There’s some stuff early on that might be unnecessary. But I like the narrative that spans a character’s childhood into adulthood, and I think growing up in the world I’m describing, all collapsing and all, is something interesting, or could be if I do it right. No, I shouldn’t discard. No no no.

    But I also see the spots where breaks could occur if it were to be a series of a few books. The thing is, the arc of the story is more driving if you follow it all at once; in two or three pieces I think it’d have less power in the punch.

    So I am thinking I’ll write the other novel I have an idea about first, and then worry about publishing the long one after I am famous and so on. Or something. We’ll see.

  5. There are so many authors writing series because, almost inevitably, if a first novel does well the publisher will ask to write a sequel. You can refuse, of course, but most beginning authors are far too concious of how precarious their new career is to do any such thing. And the publishers want writers writing series because, well, it’s what readers like to read. *grin* Important not to loose sight of that fact: “the market” is really just a fancy way of saying “people who want to read you”. When you’re bucking “the market”, all too often, it means you’re writing something that people don’t want to read.

    Of course, it may be something you want to write. Perspectives and priorities.

    By the way, I hope the sarcasm was obvious regarding my impending fame. Heh.

    Don’t worry, if it wasn’t, we’d have inserted it for you. *evil grin*

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