Just numbers ahead, nothing to see here. :)Beyond the Pale
now stands at 145,545 words, with two more instalments written today. I thought about it in my spare time at work, and if I write one instalment a day in June, that'll take me all the way through to the end of November. It was an interesting thought, anyway.
Similarly, about two weeks' consecutive writing of one instalment a day of Conflation
would have that taken care of until the end of November.
The temporarily-named Swan Story
(I have a few potential titles rattling around in my head, but none that have really caught my attention in a thrilling way yet) is progressing apace.
So that's 2,073 new words today, plus the 3,325 I wrote for BTP. All in all, 5,398 words is pretty damned good for a day's work.
I also realized, to my shock, that Swan Story
has to be told in two parts for it to make sense. The first part is the story described in the ballad, and the second part will deal with the fallout. I've never had a book have two parts in my head before. Usually stories are just nebulous clouds that sit at the back of my mind and fester, unresolved.
I worked out some of the plot over my lunch break. The plot for the first part, that is, which is important if I want the second part of the book to make any sense at all. I think I've got the real reason for the murder mostly worked out, as well as how the murderess is found out and punished. My main concern is showing the scene to the readers. I've been writing it from the POV of the middle sister, Gwen, and I can't have her witness the crime, or else the cat will be out of the bag too early. Either I have to present the scene in some other way, or there has to be a compelling reason for her not to tell. She would tell, even if it is her own sister she's condemning. I'm not fond of using magic as a binding force (say, a spell that would prevent Gwen from talking about what she'd seen), even though I'm using magic as a motivating force in the murder itself. Perhaps something will occur to me later. I'm certainly not there yet. My girls haven't even gone to the ball yet.
The other projects didn't get touched today, although I thought a bit about them on the metro to and from work and jotted down some notes. Maybe I'll poke at them tomorrow, maybe I'll just go with my current momentum. Who knows? My life is a rollercoaster of writing thrills. ;)