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Detours and Dead Ends Along The Way

The last week had been very productive, but not particularly for either word or page counts. Finished taxes, had one night out for the Mythbusters and another for the monthly Game Night -- all important things to do. Dinners in and out.

Also, I spent a little time this week on a detour over in Book 2 which was pretty important. Even while editing, I can't quite stop the spigot of ideas, so sometimes one needs to put something down or realize you now understand how something is going to work. As I've said before, writing is not a linear process with me.

Other detours come up during the editing. Continuity checks, foreshadowing details -- what and when do the characters know things, or even when they appear.

Dead ends, on the other hand, represents things you come up with which either are inappropriate for the current work or unnecessary (or even impossible). The creative mind comes up with things which you might have to file away as stuff the author needs to know about. As wonderful a tapestry we weave, just don't need to put it all on the page for the reader.

Book 1 Part B Pass 1 continues to be a sticky wicket -- but I am almost through the difficult section from page 411 to 440 or 450 probably now. It continues to fascinate me how many things I think I have written, only to find markers or the odd line of dialogue followed by a buncha blank lines. Fill Me In Later. Oh. Well, duh, later is now, I guess.

Hard, too, to continue to write for and flesh out a character who you already know is not going to survive the next thirty pages... What, you're dying to know the story I'm writing? Well, here's this week's "hints" based on:

New Researches: Top 10 Fastest Sedans In The World. (The winner? An American... The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with a 707 hp V8 and tops out at 204 mph, even with four doors.) Large stretches of the German Autobahn network do not feature any speed limit except a recommended 130 km/h (81 mph). 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG - V12 biturbo engine 621 hp - electronically limited top speed of 300 kph (186 mph). 1998 BMW 850Ci – M73 V12 engine 322 hp - electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Gillardeau oysters, since 1898 from Bourcefranc-le-Chapus near La Rochelle and the Île d'Oléron in western France.

Yeah, this week heavily used existing notes and expanding the existing story.

Book 1 Page Edits (Pass 1)

The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.10 (04-20-15 Mo, 1253 pages)

Book 1 Part A (103,757 words, starts page 44) / Part B (63,588 words, starts page 379)

Since I've already blown the 80,000 word limit for Book 1 Part A and Part B is heading towards 70,000 words, I upped the total for Book 1 from 160,000 to 180,000 words. Annoying, but necessary for now.

So, a short entry from me this week, but I really want to get back to writing. Someone needs a glass of water and some aspirin for their hangover... (What? You think it's me? Whoa -- I don't drink.)

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