Update from me…
I’m so, so happy to say that A Necessary Heresy is finally done! It was actually completed in September, but then I realized that there was a massive chunk in the middle that just didn’t make much sense. The scenes were interesting in and of themselves, but they just didn’t add anything to the underlying story/plot. The section in question was 34,000 words long, and it had to be significantly trimmed (btw, for reference, 34,000 words is about 130 pages of text).
Ultimately, I got that section down to 13,000 words, and that was the limit since some of those scenes are absolutely critical for later events, especially in terms of linking Instrument of Omens with the happenings told about Cinder and Anya in William Wilde. And the scenes are still with me. I have them stored away, and one day, I might make them available since they are fun vignettes.
Another also, the extra work I’m whining about wasn’t all bad. It was actually a good thing since it made the final result for A Necessary Heresy a much more engaging story. In reality, this whole frustrating process was like a trip through some brambles that led out to a better path. It forced me to refocus on what I want for this series and also what I don’t want.
All along, I’ve wanted a tight lens on Cinder and Anya, and with those particular scenes, the scope had broadened. But now, by going through this work, I’ve got a means of making sure books 4 and onward maintain that attention on Cinder and Anya.
As for the book itself, it’s now with the beta readers, and if early results hold true, then I’m starting to get a cautiously optimistic feeling about it… which also means it goes out into the world in late December or early January, which would be awesome!
After that, I’m going to take a break from writing Instrument of Omens. Book 3 sucked a lot out of me, and I need to recharge the batteries with a vacation from the series. Otherwise, I’ll be facing book 4 with resentment rather than freshness. But no worries. It won’t be a long break. Just a couple of months.
Other stuff. Let’s see. I’m in the middle of watching Wheel of Time, and hopefully it will improve. It’s not bad, but the show doesn’t seem to know what direction it wants to take. That is a common situation. Buffy in season one was nearly unwatchable. Same with Seinfeld and Star Trek: TNG (it took two seasons to find its footing). Hopefully, as the writers get through the worldbuilding, they can focus on the storytelling and characterization.
However, one series that hits the ground running and is awesome from the very start is Arcane on Netflix. What a powerhouse of a series! So elegant in how the worldbuilding is introduced without losing focus on the characters or the plot. That’s a show I’ll have to watch again just to see how the writers did that. I’ll probably even take notes.
That’s about from me. Hopefully everyone has a wonderful Christmas/holiday season!
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