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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Two Ninety Freaking Five!

That would be words. As in thousands of them. As I previously mentioned, I didn't quite make my goal of writing the first draft of a George RR Martin-size novel in 365 days, but I did succeed in doing it in 383 of them. The fact that I got the final cover from the artist and it is, in a word, seriously awesome - okay, that's two words, but it totally requires two words - helped me kick it up a gear on the home stretch. I even finished 12 days ahead of my revised schedule.

Now, I don't mean to obsess about the cover or anything, but let's just say that a) the artist says it is his favorite to date, and, b) as much as I love the Summa cover and was both flabbergasted and appalled when he wanted to go in another direction, it was ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITELY, and WITHOUT QUESTION the right decision to go with the new style. It's beautiful and ghastly and epic all at the same time and I very much look forward to letting you all see it in a few months. I'll also have a surprise to go along with that announcement, about which I will only say that JartStar has been doing some superlative work.

No, it's not a cartoon involving elves and Thomas Aquinas, although that would no doubt be amusing for the seven people who would read it.

I'm not anywhere nearly done with the book yet, of course. Now that the base is there, I've got to go through it all and make sure that it is at least somewhat readable and coherent. But that's the fun part, as far as I am concerned.

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37 Comments:

Anonymous Pablo August 11, 2012 7:01 PM  

Congrats Vox. I'll be ordering it ASAP.

Anonymous Tico August 11, 2012 7:30 PM  

You think Tolkien focused on word count?

Anonymous Ulmer Miller August 11, 2012 7:33 PM  

Wait, so Jartstar is the artist?

Anonymous herman August 11, 2012 7:35 PM  

Congratulations, man. Your discipline is laudable. Can't wait to see the cover that gets you so geeked.

Blogger VD August 11, 2012 7:46 PM  

You think Tolkien focused on word count?

I'm not Tolkien. And I'm sure that Martin did, at least on his first three novels in the series. Either that or he is astonishingly consistent.

Wait, so Jartstar is the artist?

No. That is something related, but different.

Anonymous daddynichol August 11, 2012 7:50 PM  

Rock on, Vox.

Blogger IM2L844 August 11, 2012 7:52 PM  

I guess that means we can expect a reasonable minimum estimate of a thousand pages? Cripes! I'm gonna have to upgrade my reading glasses. Oh well. It was time anyway and this is as good of an excuse to pull the trigger as anything else I can think of.

Anonymous Simon Grey August 11, 2012 7:52 PM  

Congratulations, Vox; I can't wait to read it. Do you have a tentative release date or time frame?

Blogger VD August 11, 2012 7:58 PM  

I guess that means we can expect a reasonable minimum estimate of a thousand pages?

According to my calculations, it should be 720 pages in 6x9 trade paperback, 830 in mass market. But I may have it wrong. The publisher seems to think it will be around a thousand in trade.

Do you have a tentative release date or time frame?

It will be out in time for Christmas.

Anonymous David Of One August 11, 2012 8:06 PM  

Considering all that you engage yourself this is incredible. By itself it is impressive ... but then when one adds in everything else ... it is an awesome achievement.

It causes me to wonder that if you had engaged in this endeavor as a singular activity, if the goal would have been a very arduous and potentially a dreaded task by the time it was finally completed?

Blogger VD August 11, 2012 8:11 PM  

It causes me to wonder that if you had engaged in this endeavor as a singular activity, if the goal would have been a very arduous and potentially a dreaded task by the time it was finally completed?

Yep. If I only have one thing to do, I do nothing. It may seem strange, but I have to avoid focus to be effective. The first part of trick was suggested by Spacebunny, as she affected to suspect that I was ever so slightly OCD. So, I thought, if I could make a habit of it, I could probably write novels the way I blog or work out. Which is to say almost automatically.

The second part was the OC, who encouraged me to stop trying to be clever, since no one ever gets it anyway, and simply write a story. The third part was George Martin, because A Dance with Dragons sucked so badly, I figured I might actually be able to do better. Perhaps not, but you can't know until you try.

Anonymous Baseball Savant August 11, 2012 8:28 PM  

Well done VD.

Anonymous jm August 11, 2012 8:30 PM  

Most excellent. I'm a bit grieved that the Summa cover style has "gone to be with the Lord", but I can't wait to see what you put out.

Anonymous LuxLibertas August 11, 2012 8:51 PM  

Congratulations Vox! Look forward to reading it. Your discipline is inspiring.

Anonymous Stingray August 11, 2012 9:29 PM  

Congratulations. I cannot even conceive of what you just accomplished. Fantastic!

Anonymous Kyle In Japan August 11, 2012 9:31 PM  

Exciting. I'm going to take a wild guess and postulate that Jartstar is making maps for the book.

As I finished A Storm Of Swords last week, I noted with some amusement that in the chapter with Joffrey's wedding, a reference is made to a 'throne of bones' in a song. Beware of GRRM's lawyers!

I'm writing a fantasy tome and aiming for about a maximum 265,000 word count, currently cranking out 2000-2500 words, five days a week. I can't get anything done unless I sit and make myself stay focused for 90-120 minutes. But, then again, you're obviously much, much busier than me.

Anonymous jack August 11, 2012 9:37 PM  

Looking forward to it. Please don't forget to check that box that OC mentioned for the Kindle edition. The text to speech enhancement.

Like someone mentioned above my eyes might not make it thru, but nothing wrong with the ears....

Congrats!

Blogger  Trust Ted get misled. Gamma secret kings reddit August 11, 2012 10:04 PM  

Congrats, progress sounds smooth.

Blogger IM2L844 August 11, 2012 10:08 PM  

It will be out in time for Christmas.

Are you sure you don't need an extra beta tester between now and then?

Anonymous JRL August 11, 2012 10:12 PM  

Cool. That cover better be good dammit.

Anonymous Revan August 11, 2012 10:16 PM  

Congrats VD, I look forward to reading it :)

Anonymous Josh August 11, 2012 10:19 PM  

Congrats Vox, looking forward to putting it on my Christmas list

Anonymous Vidad August 11, 2012 10:25 PM  

Bravo!

Anonymous The CronoLink August 11, 2012 10:38 PM  

Awesome, Vox. Can't wait for Christmas!

Anonymous JI August 11, 2012 10:43 PM  

Fantastic, Vox. Can't wait to buy it.

Anonymous Kickass August 11, 2012 11:48 PM  

You should do it in audio and be the narator. You should read it with a fine red in hand and a smirk in your voice. I would buy that!

Anonymous Hodge August 12, 2012 12:52 AM  

Nice Going Vox. It will make a neat Christmas gift

Anonymous Noah B. August 12, 2012 12:53 AM  

Very cool and very inspiring. Congratulations, and I look forward to reading it.

Blogger Desert Cat August 12, 2012 1:34 AM  

It may seem strange, but I have to avoid focus to be effective.

I can relate to this. I thought it was mild ADD, but it turns out to just be linked to enhanced creativity.

Anonymous VD August 12, 2012 4:21 AM  

As I finished A Storm Of Swords last week, I noted with some amusement that in the chapter with Joffrey's wedding, a reference is made to a 'throne of bones' in a song. Beware of GRRM's lawyers!

Since you can't copyright titles, I could call it "A Game of Thrones" and GRRM couldn't do anything about it. I'm actually a little surprised we don't see more rip-offs called "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz", given what some people are willing to publish.

Anonymous Rantor August 12, 2012 6:43 AM  

i know what I'll be reading over Christmas... looking forward. Thanks

Anonymous Sensei August 12, 2012 1:48 PM  

Excellent, excellent news. Thanks Vox, this is now my most anticipated new book.

Anonymous Stickwick August 12, 2012 2:53 PM  

That's an admirable work ethic, Vox. I need to figure out a strategy for getting myself to be even half that productive.

And since Markku hasn't appeared yet, let me be the first to say: Onnea!

Anonymous VD August 12, 2012 8:02 PM  

Not all that admirable... you know I still owe you an email.

Anonymous Stickwick August 13, 2012 12:24 AM  

I figured you'd get to it when you were done with the book. No rush.

Anonymous Redhand August 13, 2012 3:35 PM  

If you really set out to outdo Martin, John Crowley did it in 1975 and you are definitely not John Crowley.

Anonymous DarthToolpodicus August 13, 2012 4:03 PM  

Congrats Vox.

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