I think I speak for all of us, Janny:
No. No we don't. That's why we love reading what you write!
Janny, although it's been a long time since my last post here, I've been keeping myself updated with the all the comments in here.
I can't express my gratitude for the effort and love you're putting into your books. I'm one of those persons which doesn't read a book only once, but in different moments of my life, I reread them.
You belong with a few others in the category of those writers that write from the heart and with passion, not only for the money.
The stories are so fullfilling in depth and detail that it gives the impression you're actually reading the history of a far away place.
Wish my history books at school were as interesting and captivating.
I can't wait for the next book to arrive and immense myself into this wonderful world, which has the feeling of just being a step away.
Keep up the good work, take your time, I know we keep asking the big WHEN almost in a monthly basis :-) but it shows you only, how hooked we are.
I am really looking forward to seeing all that creativity and love finally unveil in Song of the Mysteries.
But till then just waiting to see how all the conflicts set up throughout the series end, especially between Lysaer and Arithon and the Fellowship and the Koriani will be well worth the wait. And Destiny's Conflict should give us a some nice clues to speculate on.
I am wrapping up 11 set's one liners today.
12 set is already underway - logistics and an extra scene that needs to play out may shove the finish to 13 sets, for emotional depth and reader satisfaction. The good news is, it's broken down scene by scene, and I have the exact contour.
Lines are coming in, I am placing them into chronological order as they happen, and then the scenes finish around them.
I like this stage. A lot. This is definitely the fun bit.
Enjoy it Janny
Thanks for the update Janny, sounds interesting.
It is truly an honor to have a connection to the process of what all of us here consider one of the best, if not the best, fantasy series ever written. Your brilliance and passion are greatly appreciated.
Also, a view of the four pieces of art I've had framed and on display in my living room.
Glad you're rounding down to the "fun part", Madam Talespinner. More power (and coffee!) to you.
I do not know what is worse waiting for updates and this next book from my favorite author or waiting for tidbits and the next movie of Star Wars. I often find myself looking for news about both GAH!
I hope you get a better movie than episodes 1 through 3 in which I was sorely disappointed. That said I also hope you get a better movie than the Star Trek reboots in which, again, I was sorely disappointed. I'd prefer to see Star Wars in the hands of someone other than the one who destroyed the entire planet of Vulcan and got us all Lost somewhere along a six year journey. (Apologies to anyone who actually liked these things. I, for one, did not.)
I am sighting page 900 in draft, with 12 main a scene ahead of completion.
Go go Janny! 900 pages is a lot of words. I can't even imagine how you keep everything organized and current in your head.
(I actually love the ST reboots so far)
Thanks for the update Janny, still patiently waiting to see if the words escape into a 13th chapter set.
I also liked the Star Trek reboot movies, brought new life to things, although I still prefer the original TV cast. Was disappointed in Stars Wars episodes 1-3 though, grand special effects do not by themselves make a good movie, they were pretty forgettable. They lost the magic and the chemistry the original trilogy had.
Thank you for the update Janny.
Episodes 1 was made for 8 year olds and it got a younger generation excited about star wars. Episode 3 is still one of my favorits even if fans hate me for it. Star Trek reboots are ok im in the middle on those
Annette - where have you been??? My last update was, it is gonna take 13 sets to finish out.
No more than that, though. 13 nails it.
I was watching Janny, but Chapter set 13 was still a maybe, did not want to get my hopes up in case you managed to fit it in 12.
Nice to hear you are sure now.
Any spare pages at the end, some of us are getting curious about the genealogy of our main characters and if a family Name or two have been left out, or slipped in with no obvious tie yet.
Finished up one of the subchapters for 12 set, today, bringing the draft page count to 919 pages.
One more subchapter and one line views to go to finish 12 set, then it's 13 set to wrap this one.
Thanks for the update Janny. Will Chapter 13 be in the usual format, main, 2 subchapters and the one liners, or a bit shorter?
Will we be getting a new sneak preview to think on once you finish the first draft? Something for Christmas or the New year maybe.
The chapter sets have never broken format, they always follow pattern.
XVIII that finishes out this book will be no different.
The final scenes to bring this to finish are settled out, it will not run longer than 13 sets.
Oops, that shoulda been XIII. (give myself a horrible shock!!!)
18 chapters, does sound nice, maybe we get that for Song of the Mysteries? We want a nice BIG one to end the series.
Hey, now that they are available in ebook form, bring out the 18 plus chapters of biblical proportions! Except... dang, how many years before we'd get to read it?
I have nailed the last scene in 12 set, only the one line shap shots to go.
Then I plunge on into CHAPTER SET 13, the end of which is the finish line, at long last.
Draft pages stand (today) at 923.
The end will weigh in, give or take, near 1000, which is pretty much on target for books in this series.
Gads - you can tell it's been a long day at the screen, shap shots shoulda been snapshots.
OK, it is gleefully official!
I am embarking on the LAST CHAPTER SET - to wrap up the finish line.
Nail on your booties, it is INTENSE!!!!
Thanks for the update Janny, and nice to know the book will be around the usual length. Patiently waiting.
Thanks Janny, thrilled to hear that the end is nigh.
Good for you Janny, and us :-)
Must be very satisfying to see the approach of the end of another arc in its full form.
Congratulations on getting to the last Chapter Set!
I am well started in chapter 13's main sequence - have only a little to go to polish off the first scene.
Half the day before, and all yesterday were a writing BUST - we had a water pipe leak under the footing of the house - surrounded on both sides by slab concrete. This required a MESS: watersystem fix guy, plummer, then specialist leak finder - then an air hammer jacking holes in the slabs and house footing - and sadly - the laundry adjoins my writing room, there is NO closable door - so I had racket, cement dust, noise, coming and going ALL DAY. Impossible to write. Not to mention, had to be up and down, inside and out, clearing stuff out of the way, and shutting on and off electrical switches and water valves. What an invasive mess.
Today the room is quiet for half the day. The pipe is exposed and patched; plummer coming to re-weld the lead and seal it, then we have to refill the holes, pour cement, patch footing and floors.
People wonder what holds up finish of a book! We have had a 'parade' of stuff break the past 2 weeks, and this leak is not the last of it/there will be more disruptions in the laundry room yet to come. I don't want to post the horrid list; it is boring to all of you, most of all me. (you will seldom if NEVER see this sort of thing in my feed)....it's all beyond crazy, and disrupts the flow, one has to rework up to the emotional pitch to continue and it's is HARDEST at the peak points, momentum is all important at a finish.
Back to it today.
Trust me, I was CRYING, yesterday, feeling the tension slip away into real world garbage crisis. I did mark in two notes of what to do, today, before I had to shut down (cement dust - the guy working had to wear a MASK. I could not be IN this room, nor wanted to fire up a printer with a fan in it to suck up that garbage. When he finished making the mess, of course, every thing EVERYTHING had to be dusted and all the oil paintings cleaned off - cement dust is caustic.
Just saying: not every delay is the writer's fault. Life Happens. I will be SO relieved when this draft is finished off; polish work is just a grind and so very much less sensitive to disruption.
Feel for you Janny.
Water is essential but there comes a point when too much of a good thing is overwhelming.
Do your workmen insist on cups of tea on a regular basis? Ours don't seem to be able to work without them. They forget that the water has been switched off and you are having to use the supply you were hoping would last till breakfast.
Eh - this is Florida, workmen don't want tea, it's way too hot!
we are pretty well set up for water loss/power down for hurricane prep, so we can take this stuff in stride, though it is a PIA, and no question.
So yeah, the workaround on the water situation makes every little thing harder. Our system is MUCHO complex due to: sulfur in water/removal system for that/limestone and minerals/removal system for that. Solar hot water and collector on roof (mucho valves to shut IT down, and the collector needs fix anyway, that is the other ongoing round). Then we have cut off valves for the barn, for the studio, for the horses' automatic water, and every sort of sorry mess of cludged together pipes from just too many alterations over the years (ours were done right, it's the prior layers!!!)
So no inbound plummer or water leak locator (who all work by the hour!!! at atrocious rates) can just be 'left to work it out.' We have to be involved because we know where the shutoffs are, and the various valves, and where the spaghetti nest of pipes run underground AND where phone and power lines are buried in slabs and yard - that of course they will jack right through if you don't yell and scream bigtime or do the delicate digging YOURSELF.
Today: I have reworked on paragraph, improved by a lightbulb moment; re-set the emotional counter, and am facing the place where I broke off the draft before. Starting last scene: it is one thirty, and plummer to re-weld pipes is due between 2 and 4. Let's hope it's 4.
Don is out doing what he should have yesterday, so the switch and valve running: I am up, unless he gets home.
Days like this: I think of SOME writers watching football. Doesn't happen in THIS house - we eliminated TV service entirely to save $, and because: we hate paying for outragelusly LOUD and prolonged batches of advertisements, the entire thing got out of hand. To have free/not cable or satellite TV requires a new antenna installation/not gonna add another lightning rod to the building.
Florida! Gosh, pictured you somewhere in the remote regions of the north. USA geography not my strong suit.
Anyway all the best and remember the relief when the workmen go is sometimes worth the trouble of having them in the first place. A bit like having an aching tooth extracted.
Good lord, Janny! What a nightmare. Here's hoping all gets squared away soon!