This is a third post which has the words Bucket List in its title.
I find it mildly amusing because I do not actually think about my bucket list as often as I probably should (evidently, it is a big deal for normal people, but I—honestly—am not even sure what is on mine). Continue reading “On Checking off Bucket List Items Without Accidentally Kicking Their Container”
Spat on everything, sat down and hammered 800 words in two hours. Probably crap—or mostly crap—but the camping scenes are finished, and I can get back to the Castle. At this point whatever moves me and all my people to the finish is good.
TTOW: 339,529 out of All Lord knows how many. Take that, 90,000-word novelists.
Chapter Eighteen—Things Avoided, Observed, and Decoded (working title, as usual), at a humble 18,633 words, thus bringing the total to 337,090.
Some minor plotlines were stumbled upon another stretch of discovery writing, hope they will eventually lead where they should.
One can only hope :-/
13% into reading The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published, and I find this:
BLOGGING YOUR BOOK JOURNEY
One topic you can feel free to wax poetic on is the progress of your tome-to-be.
Just when I thought I invented it… :-/ On the other hand, it probably means that I am doing something right…
Just added: @22% – The Book Trailer
A.T.T. The tally of words: 330,000 and keeps growing. But I am done with the camping scene.
Not, that I want to change it—he is definitely dispatched there by Atta—it’s just that he would, probably, never tell the truth about it to Ngale. Seems out of character. He should joke about it and maybe later admit that someone recommended the place as a nice city to visit, which would make Ngale suspect something. Dae should tell it to Verra, though, so the reader knows the truth.
On marketing: release a fragment of the book on WriteOn. (this one is from Dar)
I like it. Which portion is debatable. While the prologue is, basically, a self-contained short (well, a 14,000 words short) story, it is seemingly unrelated to the events of the book, yet it is a clear character introduction, and the world-building is rather different from what I read before.
Another idea: release a free chapter in an audiobook form (guess, who would be asked to narrate :-)…)
I am thinking The Orange Tent, for it is a single female POV, and that chapter is directly related to the story, and has a small-scale, but quite inciting event for my main female character.
The tally of words as of today: 325,566 out of (tentatively) 400,000. I like round even numbers.
…how to kill the Dragon. Almost. Ha. Ain’t tellin’.
A hungry cat at 4 AM and general insomnia had led to another terraforming event. I rotated the map about 10 degrees clockwise, moving Norlay to the North, and Zurbah to South, ensuring proper climates in both countries. Added a bunch of cities and places, relocated the whole province of Qiehly, and moved Zafza up North of Zurbah, and Eastwell—down South (the land of Eastlann had to grow another dry land peninsula just to accommodate the change), all because I did not want to even think about fiddling with the logistics of Ethelle’s adventure in the prologue. She has to travel East to West straight, not at a reach.
But the map looks more and more complex and map-like:
The Circle of Known Lands' Map (.pdf, work in progress)
Here is the link to the master .pdf file in Dropbox, and this
The Circle of Known Lands' Map (.pdf, work in progress) is the same file if someone wishes to download it.
Added the whole new region on the North of Ordth, called The Shattered Isles. I am thinking the fringe Orthian clan, which attacked Ashe, might have come from there.
I probably need to file this under Projects so it could be accessed from the Art menu, but I am too lazy to do that.