I wasn’t sure what would be the better ending point. A conversation with my protagonists with a bunch of big revelations, or an interrogation by my villain. I like my clean cliffhangers that both answer and ask questions. So, that means the first draft of Volume 4 and 5… aka the first two parts of Book 2 I think are done.
What changed my mind? What I wrote kinda sets up a small question that felt better to resolve for that great clean break rather than let carry over and start the last volume on the wrong foot.
I guess it’s my years of RPG experience that made this kind of thinking something I’m sensitive to. I always liked stopping the game as a new event or surprise came up. The players always wanted to play it out right then, but I wouldn’t do it because the act of doing so had them talking about it all week long. I kinda saw it as my way of doing the TV season ending trick but for every week. Or what the old Dr. Who used to do for every story arc. You’d get 3-4 show stories, with cliffhangers on every episode till the end. Kept me coming back for more, that’s for sure. So I’m doing the same thing here.
But for those fretting about having to wait for months for resolution, here’s the new release plans from now on:
I will release Volume 4 at the same time as I release the print versions of all of Book 2. That way, you want the whole story at once, there it is… in print. After that, every 2-4 months, I will release the next Volume. If I time it right, you will get a new book every year or more, and a new volume every 2-4 months, depending on if I can keep up.
That’s the plan going forward. BTW, book 3 is as I’ve said before 60% written. Why? See previous posts. 😉 Go on, you know you want to check out back posts. XcD But also, the events in book 2 require me to add more content to help the two books blend better.
Now, here’s the progress report, since it’s been helping my motivation.
|Pages||292 of 349|
|Words||104555 of 114209|
Why the new split? Because I realize that the “Encyclopedia Akiniwazi” is a significant chunk of the length, so this way you know the story. Right now, Book 2 is exceeding the length of book 1 in about every respect, and I still have about 25-30% left to go. That’s about 30 more chapters I’m estimating. Now 57 pages of encyclopedia is a lot to ask, and every book it grows, but over Thanksgiving I got to visit with a family who is reading the book right now, and they have a bookmark at the glossary. They use and enjoy it. Their sons have now taken to insulting each other with some of the names. Funny stuff to hear them call each other “snotnose” (Hrodinefr) or “chicken fart” (Haensafretr). They’re young, so it’s extra funny and beats a lot of names they could call each other.
50. In Which Occult Knowledge is Revealed
51. A Fool No Longer
On one side note, I may be having some difficulty this month in productivity due to some complications with life. I still have a specific goal in mind, but I’m worried I will not be able to meet it. We’ll see.