Hey, remember when I used to post entries here on a regular basis?
Yeah, I don’t either, but anyway, I’m back. Did you miss – ah, who am I kidding?
As noted in a previous entry – with swearing – and confirmed by the graphic on the right, I successfully met the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month.
Writing that, of course, is what ate up most of my time for the better part of the month of November.
So now that I’ve finished that (sort of; more on that in a bit), I can get back to posting my usual canny, incisive, and endlessly fascinating observations.
Or, you know, the usual boring crap.
Before I do, however, I’ve decided that I’m going to share the fruits of my not-quite a month’s worth of labor here for everyone to read.
What you’re going to read (or, more likely, aren’t going to bother reading) is a very rough, unedited first draft. It’s probably rife with typos and continuity errors, and I’m sure that there are places in in where I restate – incorrectly – something that I stated earlier. Also, there’s not much in the way of formatting, so it might not be the most readable document from that perspective.
(And it might be unreadable in general.)
When I hit the 50,000 word mark, I found that while the story as envisioned wasn’t complete, I was actually at a pretty good stopping point, so, given that I was feeling kind of burned out, and also given my general laziness, I decided that, having met the terms of the NaNoWriMo challenge, I would stop where I was. After all, what remained of the story could probably be easily expanded into a second novel of roughly the same length.
While there are a lot of stories still to be told about Fontaine and her world, it was my thought that, with the cliffhangerish ending, this particular novel would be the good start to a series, with the next book picking up where this one leaves off.
Of course, the question of what I’m going to do with the thing naturally arises. Unlike previous NaNoWriMo efforts, I feel pretty good about this one and actually think that it has a chance – however slim – of actually getting published. If I want to try to get it published, is it suitable, as I think it is, to be the start of a series? And if it’s not, should I then bring it to its original intended ending, tacking on another 20,000 words or so before attempting to publish it?
So that’s where you come in. I want feedback on it. Does it feel too incomplete, even as something with an intended sequel? Does it work as is? Does it suck huge donkey balls, leading you to conclude, as Dr. Zoidberg might say, that my writing is bad and I should feel bad?
Give me honest feedback. Forget that you like me, and tell me what you actually think. Or, in the alternative, forget that you don’t like me and tell me what you actually think.
So that’s the purpose of posting this raw, unedited copy here. I want to find out first of all if it’s suitable as is – with editing, of course – or if it needs more. Then I want to know if it’s something worth setting myself up for rejection over.
So, that’s why I’m posting it here.
If/when I decide to try to get it published, I’ll probably pull it down. And if/when I get enough rejection slips to decide that it’s not worth trying any further, I may self-publish via the Web (in which case I expect all of you to buy at least one copy, and I don’t want to hear any “But I already read it when it was free” nonsense. The same holds true if I get it published, by the way.)
In any case, here it is: