Work’s been a bit sluggish lately. I’m still putting in my time every day, but I seem to spend a lot of it staring at the screen. Maybe I’m stressed about Gen Con, which promises to be a zoo this year. Maybe I’m stressed about other stuff. Maybe stress has nothing to do with it. I’ll keep plugging away. I am still creeping forward, after all, and I need this book.
The writing is going well. I’ve got the heroes crammed into an underground labyrinth loosely based on a real cave, and further developments are revealing more about why Ezren acts the way he does and what he’s up to.
There’s a lot I need to do with this web page. The intro still sounds pretentious to me, the character descriptions are terrible, and there’s hardly anything about the setting. Until I get a lot closer to finishing (at least through the draft version, anyway), though, the web page has to take a distant second place in priority. It’s something I can peck at during dead time at the day job or when I get an idea I particularly like. And of course it’s a place for updates like this.
Okay, back at it.
I’ve decided to drop “Throne of Gorgudai” and call it The Nameless Way, a title that’s been rattling around in the back of my head for quite a while, instead. Besides being easier on the ears, it says a lot more about where the book is going.
And where is the book going? Meh, I’m still not ready to spill much more than I’ve already said about that, but the writing is clacking along at a much better pace since I started committing to a schedule, so it’ll all be out there one way or another.
This year, I decided that progress on the novel, while steady, was much slower than it should be. If I had been hired to write this book by someone else, she probably would have fired me by now. To accelerate, I committed to writing for at least an hour every day (with exceptions for some weekends and stuff like conventions). At least five days a week, in any case. I’m only two weeks in, but I’m happy to say that it’s working so far. I even kept up while I was smashed flat by the flu last week. The great thing is, if I worked on it even a little bit the day before, I’m already tuned in when I start working on it again. I don’t have to take a lot of “where was I?” time to get started.
And where am I? The main characters, mostly allies of convenience so far, have started to come together more in this chapter. With sections from Seisha’s perspective and the current one from Shao Tsang’s, I’ve finally given everybody at least one chance to “talk.” They’ve explored a new town, developed some new tricks, and detected an impostor. They even got to fight a giant shapeshifting eel. And, if you’re paying attention, you might find out who killed Kasmordo. Of course, you’re not paying attention because you can’t, since I haven’t let you read it, but anyway.
Now I just have to stick with it.