Okay, more effective if I actually liked champagne.

But, at approximately 3:3opm, EST, here on a very chilly blustery day in North Carolina, I completed the second draft of The Aldersgate.

That’s thirty chapters and a hefty 161,000 words. (Like me, it could stand to lose some.)

I started The Aldersgate two years ago, and finished the first draft one year ago. This has been the single largest project I’ve ever undertaken, and certainly the longest book I’ve ever written. Of the original 100K in the first draft, I salvaged somewhere around 5K, and rewrote everything else.

There were days that I honestly never thought I’d get to this point; sincerest thanks to some of the most awesome readers/listeners/Tweeters out there, too.

So, yes. In the meantime, I’m going to finish another WIP that is single person, pure fantasy, and will hover around 90K when said and done. Then, well, of course, I have to work on the sequel!

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I am sick again. That’s the bad news. Current state: extreme annoyance. I was just sick, and I am so DO NOT WANT. I am going to complain because I’m allowed. My skin feels like I forgot to put sunscreen on… like every inch of my skin. Muh. Even more WTF is that I was just mildly sniffly, treating what I thought were seasonal allergies, when last night it all came fallin’ down.

However. Stuffed up as I am, I have the next Alderpod in the can. I have to edit/add music/etc., but it’ll be on its way this week and on schedule. It’s not exactly crazy action-oriented, but it’s good enough. There’s some things I want to add, but at the moment I’m engrossed in the act of finishing the book. My goal had been to finish by yesterday, but every “last” chapter spawns another two. I’m coasting right now at the 155K mark, and anticipate at least two more chapters. Suffice it to say, another edit may trim the final word count a bit, but we’ll see.

Between the fever and the craziness of finishing this draft, I’m a little batty. So once again, not going to be posting much this week. Thanks for the patience, and I’ll be back soon!

The Alderpod

I now introduce to you, officially, Sylvan DeLoire, bastard nephew of Queen Maelys, assassin, and ladykiller (figuratively, and occasionally literally). And, by way of a strange little old woman, the Aldersgate, too. Sylvan is one of my favorite characters to write, not in the least because he’s so unapologetically selfish. I suppose writing without filters is enjoyable. And I hope that translates back to you, too. 🙂

Alderpod #10 is ready to roll, too, so look for that late this week!

Alderpod #9 – Chapter Seven: Sylvan DeLoire

I’ve been letting Sylvan do the talking this week for Villain Month, as you might have noticed. The truth is, writing Sylvan is less like creating and a whole lot more like channeling. And I honestly didn’t even realize he was a villain, per se, until I sat down to contemplate villainy in my novel as a whole.

Characters are weird in a thousand ways. What gets me most of all is how at times, certain characters can literally take the reins of my writing and run with it. An hour or so later, I’ll sit back, wrists tired, and look at what’s gone on while I was in the zone. Of all the PoVs in the novel (which include Brick, Cora, Emry, Denna, and Kaythra to name a few) Sylvan is the loudest. I see him so clearly–heck, I even hear his voice at times (think Heath Ledger crossed with James Callis, and you’re close).

Anyway, villainy is subjective. I guess I just want to say that just because Sylvan is a villain doesn’t mean I love him any less. It is all quite a matter of perspective, as he might say.

Not to mention… he’s SO much fun to write!