I just finished my first draft of my very first novel: Merlin’s Blade, which is part of the Merlin Spiral.
The total word count equals ~ 152,500, which I intend to chop down as close as I can to 120,000. That goal is steep, though, and I’ll be happy if I can get it close to 130,000. I figure if I can condense away 1/5 of each page, I can do it without cutting any major portions of the plot.
The main thing is that I want to remove as many “bad check-marks” as I can for a first time novelist.
You might ask why I was 4 days late according to my last prediction? The reason is that as I wrote the most exciting chapter in the book, I slowed to a snails pace to make sure I did it right. Once I finished it, however, I sped up again and wrote the last two chapters in just under three days.
How did that “most exciting” chapter turn out? EXCELLENT! I am VERY pleased with it and it is a fitting and incredible end to my first installment of this EPIC TALE!
The interesting thing is that on February 22 my spreadsheet software nailed perfectly my predicted finish. At that time I was only 68% done, but it predicted I would be done today—June 15th.
Will I begin editing right away? No. I intend to let the novel rest while I work on my long-neglected KingArthur.org.uk website.
Just in case someone hasn’t read my post from last year about this new website, here are my plans:
What I would like to do with this website is to make it a “portal” of the top 20 or so other King Arthur sites on the internet. But I don’t want to do this like a search engine OR like an encyclopedia, per se. I want it to not just have links to these pages—I want it to allow you to VIEW these pages inside of a frame.
My goal is to make my environment “around” the viewed site so attractive and useful that you wouldn’t want to do it any other way. I want to organize, map, and link information together in such a way that you can easily jump from one topic to another and compare and contrast what different websites say on the same topic.
Along with this, I am planning on a mini GIS system that will allow the users to view locations on a map and go to pages that talk about those locations.
I will be adding my own content with my own point of view. My pages will then be indexed just like all the other pages.
But the key is: All related to King Arthur! All on that one major topic!
My name for this concept: King Arthur’s Excalipedia… !