Status: chapter 11 set is in complete draft. Whew. A little refinement needed to balance the last scene - but the page count in manuscript is....drumroll...765!
Here we are, staring at three to the finish....and not any time to glance sideways.
This almost sounds like a thoroughbred horse race...
And they're off!
Chapter 11 is in the lead, with Chapters 12, 13, and 14 trailing behind. Wait a minute, someone has linked them together, that Wurts is a clever jockey, riding four horses at once. This is going to be an interesting race, race fans!
Ha ha Blue!
Janny, forgive me if I'm being dense. Now that chapter 11 is finished, am I right in my understanding that you have only 3 chapters left to write?
What seems so small a number to us must seem so much more monumental to you.
I'm sorry, but I'm still skipping about happily. I can't help it. STORMED FORTRESS IS COMING GUYS!!!!
x x Janny, Much Love and Good Thoughts x x
PS My husband is even asking me "How's Stormed Fortress coming along?"
"PS My husband is even asking me "How's Stormed Fortress coming along?" /Q
Now that's funny
I suppose chewing on my computer mouse cable is just not going to speed anything up...
Har! chewing mouse cables to speed things up...
Progress graph - gonna bust that chart.
Also - gawp - only ONE VOTE for Dakar and Fionn? Quietest clamor for a sneak peek ever - will you let that take it by default?
Fionn and Dakar sneak peak, any sneak peak please. Whatever you choose I'll be happy.
Question about after the draft is complete. What happens then? Do you take it to the publishers and do they scrutinise it or do they suggest/insist or making a draft smaller or more in depth? Or does it go to publishing as you have written it? I love really long books as I get through short ones far too quickly much to my husband's annoyance. He thinks I should start up my own library. As you can tell I have no idea about writing except that I love and really appreciate a great author like yourself. Can't imagine a world without books to be honest.
Well, I thought the only two options were Dakar/Fionn Areth or Mearn/Tal, and since we already had the latter, I assumed that was the fulfillment of the promised peek.
I clamor for any and all peeks at any given moment!
I just wanted to say that I love your writing. I've just finished the latest Donaldson book & I'm waiting with "baited" breath (I've always wondered as to the roots of that saying) for the next installment "Stormed Fortress".
Once upon a time I remember you saying that "Stormed Fortress" would be the last book in the series, but this "discussion thread" seems to allude to more books to come. Will there be "closure" in "Stormed Fortress"?
Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for writing some excellent stories; and remember, as I tell the guys at work, to rest & come up for air occasionally.
Canberra in Oz
Welcome to the board Nick C.
FYI, on 'baited breath', it originally was spelled 'bated breath' which was a shortened form of 'abated breath'.
Not to answer for Janny, but Stormed Fortress is the last volume of the Alliance of Light which is the third arc of five in the Wars of Light and Shadow. So after this, two more arcs.
Hi Nick - welcome.
Jo - You Asked.
What happens? Brain burn, for me! For Traitor's Knot, I sent a chapter to my editor - who marks the cr--p out of three or so pages - this rough shake is the best way to hammer me OUT of draft mode and into final text edit.
Those markups are not used verbatim - they are a template for me to bounce off, to shift gears and phase out of draft mode's tendency to hang up in redundant phrases.
(You could see a bit of what happens - take the "sneak peeks" of TK's draft, and compare them to your final book)
I then take the a rather tall stack of pages, sit down with a pencil, and get brutal with the final language. Then I take those pages, and go through them again, backwards, for more of the aforesaid. Inconsistencies get fixed. Continuity gets final checked. Repetition gets cut. Then a final printout goes for test read, to catch errors I may have missed, as by this time, the text is near memorized and I am blind to it, utterly. Spellcheck, my final read thru - then it goes to the editor, entire.
By then, it's so well ironed out - little if anything is done to it, past teensy grammatical adjustments and the precision pick thru by copy editors.
I get it back twice more - copyedit, and page proof, before it hits press.
The story is in large part my work - I am always open to suggestions and corrections - but editors do so MUCH more than "edit" these days - it requires diligent work if the books are to come out at their finest....so I have test reads, to catch the glitches or the bits that may not engage the way the story requires AHEAD of the production deadline - most bits are well ironed out. I am one of those authors who sends the work in FINISHED as possible.
Assuredly, what you have is my vision. - fine tuned by me, with the help of other sets of eyes, x checking how things play on the page.
I didn't vote for a sneak peak...
I'm tring to be a good girl (its not easy these days ;) ) and wait to read the whole book in its entirity. Now this does mean that come the release date I'll be a quivering wreck... and the wait for the next three books will be like waiting for exams to end (I swear the never really do).
I vote for Dakar and Fionn, echoing the request for any and all peaks you care to share!
Progress graph - gonna bust that chart.
You can find out here: The Chart. Now Updated! I can barely keep up with Janny ^_^
Sneak peak? Sneak peak? Yes, please! I'll take any! I'm sure that any you deem tempting will be more than wonderful - and leave me eating my hat with dis-proven assumptions and piles of new assumptions!
Sneak peak? Sneak peak? :-)
I've done a quick search (last 3 weeks...author wurts) and not found the sneak peak choices?
If we're not voting for Dakar and Fionn, what was the other choice?
The chart's starting to resemble a cross-section of Rockfell. ;)
Y'know what? I think that to distract ourselves from the wait for Stormed Fortress, and also to get things together in our heads a little better, we should make a wiki page like Wikipedia for WoLaS. We could even name it WikiParavia... It would be a neat resource for when one of us forgets Kamridian s'Ffalenn's name or something, and maybe also handy for Janny so she doesn't have to go digging through her file folders to look something up *teases*. Of course we wouldn't put in anything copyrighted like the appendix stuff from TK (unless we got permission) but just our own observations, like who's who, where they're from, what happened to them, etc. I think it would be totally fun and let us keep our heads in the world without freaking out over Stormed Fortress... maybe even bring some new theories to light with review of the facts.
Unfortunately, I have no idea how to set one of these things up... but I bet the gryphon might... *dangles mutton*
The gryphon has no experience with Wikipedia other than occasionally being pointed there by a Google search. However, to get a listing at Wikipedia would be great...
I will say that there is much information of this sort on the webpage AND there is a search feature that will bring up a list of links where the searched for word or phrase can be found.
As to a searchable dictionary, that could be interesting.
Ooh, searchable dictionary... sounds like fun!
What say thee, Janny?