Worldbuilding’s a necessity in any novel. Sometimes it’s relatively easy — e.g., urban fantasy (The Dresden Files). Other times it’s complex — the Stormlight Archives. I put my world into the complex category for several reasons: I’m new at it, I’m trying to do something really … Continue reading Oh, the places you’ll go
As my brain’s recovered over this past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about production time. The “final” word count of my manuscript was 180,489 words. It took me four years to get to that point — about 18 months of which was revising & getting the … Continue reading What a production
I grew up during the time of some of the greatest fantasy cover illustrators ever — Michael Whelan, Darryl K Sweet, Frank Frazetta doing the Conan stuff and John Howe (among others) who created amazing paintings for Tolkien’s works. Still more covers stick in my memory: the … Continue reading Here’s the cover! (take 2)
I’ve just emailed my revised manuscript to my editor. All 181,000 words of the dang thing.
This past weekend I spent nearly 20 hours working on it. If my wife wasn’t a saint, I’d never have gotten it done.
Now that crunch time’s over I’ll (hopefully) be more active here–plenty of work still to be done. But for now, I’m hoping to kick Odyn’s ass, teach Guarm to heel and give Helya a toothbrush.