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Whew... Made It... Finally

Wow. I never expected Version 1.10 of the Great YA Trilogy project to last this long. It was started on 13 March 2015 and I'm closing it out and moving onto Version 1.11 on 25 May 2015. This ends Book 1 Edit Pass 1.
Book 1 Part A Pass 1 Page 368 -- completed ‎04/‎03/‎2015 16:28:59
‎Book 1 Part B Pass 1 Page 750 -- completed 05/‎25/‎2015 16:52:22

In 73 days, Book 1 Part A grew by 30% and Book 1 Part B a whopping 130%. Book 1 total went from 126,444 to 211,544 words or 1165 words/day, plus edits.

As I mentioned before, Book 1 Part B was in "worse" shape than I'd been thinking, with several large sections I had written in my mind, but little on the paper. That happens, not a problem. Until one is trying to finish, of course. (grin) Yes, some things may be cut back or even edited out. But I wanted all the pieces in. I kept on moving the day I was expecting to finish. I'd hoped by Friday, but there was a big scene I really felt I needed to include -- and it took some time. (It'll actually be revised in Edit Pass 2, but I chose not to do the research the other day.)

At this point, what I am calling Book 1 is clearly at least two books. At 70,000 words each, it could easily be three -- I am avoiding doing this because I really like where the break currently is. The bad news is 100,000+ words isn't really typical YA novel length.

I took a little time last night to write a little 540 word short story for Memorial Day (DW) (LJ) -- something I've done before. And then I'm going to take some time working on a novella for submission. Not so bad to take a couple of days away.

No Office Hours last week or this week.

Next up, though, is Book 1 Edit Pass 2, where I finish getting names and place names finalized. This could be painful, too. But I really want to get it done quickly. Pass 2 is NOT a general editing pass, so... maybe a week? For Edit Pass 3, though, I really only have to Book 1 Part A, the first half, in order to come up with something to sent to Lulu for coming up with preliminary books for Beta readers. Would REALLY like that to be the end of June.

We shall see.

New Researches: Forsvarsmuseet, The Armed Forces Museum of Norway, is located at Akershus Castle in Oslo. Oslo founded around 1000 A.D. Oslofjorden is an inlet (not a real fjord) in the south-east of Norway, part of the Skagerrak strait, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. Oslo (OSL) to Copenhagen (CPH) SAS 1469, Boeing 737-800. Seat 17A has extra legroom, since there is no Seat 16A. Copenhagen (CPH) to Chicago (ORD), SAS 943, Airbus A340. Seat 3H, rightside window (2+2+2 seating). Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde was in service from 1976 to 2003. The Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim in Germany is the only museum which has both a Concorde and a Tupolev Tu-144 "Concordski" on display. Arnhem, Netherlands. Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden and the largest lake in the European Union. The Daim bar came out of Sweden and Norway as a sort of Heath chocolate bar. Heath wouldn't give them a license but did give them the list of ingredients to the Heath bar. Huh. Société Bic, maker of Bic pens and lighters, is based in Clichy, France. Sankt Olav domkirke is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo. Catholics, including 70% immigrants, make up about 5% of the population, making Norway the most Catholic country in Nordic Europe. The northern part of Norway is in the Prelature of Tromsø -- once part of the Apostolic Prefecture of the North Pole. Catholicism was illegal in Norway between 1537 and 1843 -- priests could be executed. Svinesundbrücke/ Svinesundbroen is the bridge on the E6 at the border between Sweden and Norway, spanning the Svinesund sound of the Iddefjord. The old bridge had an arch under the roadway, the new is suspended from an arch over the roadway and is quite lovely. The Svinesund tollkontor on the Norwegian side handles customs controls, since Norway, while a member of NATO, is not a member of the EU.

A surprising amount of research, until one realizes the new sections which had to be written in the past ten days.

All the shiny counters now advance to:

Book 1 Page Edits (Pass 1)


The Lost Kingdom Project YA Trilogy Version 1.10 (05-25-15 Mo, 1412 pages)


Book 1 Part A (103,792 words, starts page 47) / Part B (107,752 words, starts page 382)


Book 2 Part A (76,905 words, starts page 41) / Part B (50,650. words, starts page 317)


Book 3 (starts page 40)


The Lost Kingdom Fourth-Fifth Novels Version 4.10 (05-25-15 Mo, 68 pages)
Book 4 (4894 words) / Book 5 (11,737 words)


The Lost Kingdom Sixth Novel Version 5.10 (05-25-15 Mo, 16 pages)
Book 6 (1629 words)


I won't kick myself about the length of Book 1 Parts A/B until I get to the point where I can sit down and read it -- and have Beta readers give it a go. I am so pleased to not have to teach until September.

And for those of you who have seen the news that SF author John Scalzi announced a $3.4 million dollar, thirteen book, ten year deal with Tor -- No, this does not mean that my mammoth epic will automagically generate six or seven figure book deals. John is a proven, solid author with an excellent track record for completing things and is a full-time author. Good news for John, congratulations, but these sorts of deals in SF/F are outliers. Not the norms.

I am smarter and more realistic than thinking I'm working towards a deal like that. (evil-grin)

Dr. Phil
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