I am some 3000 words into the fourth novella-length Tale of the ‘Donzalo’s Destiny’ saga. At this point, I am not sure if it will provide an ending for the second book, ‘The Shadow of Asak,’ or if I will need one more — I do know where the book ends, just not how much happens before then.
That is, there is a possibility that there will be enough material that I will feel the need to break the rest of the narrative into two parts, the Fourth Tale ending up novelette length and a Fifth Tale needed to finish the book. We’ll see how that goes.
The previous section, which I wrote out over the past few weeks, came to about 22,000 words total. Pretty typical of how these have turned out so far. I seem to think in terms of episodes of that length. It probably will get a little longer in rewrites, as I flesh out things here and there.
I am glad that I chose to end the first book, ‘The Song of the Sword,’ where I did, after the first two Tales, even though the total came to only 46,000 words. The Third Tale ends on a tragic note so it would not have been a suitable place to break the narrative.
Rather than attempt to write a novel with a ‘social message’ I decided to do all-out adventure and slip in what messages and ideas I wanted along the way. I do hope that the story is entertaining enough to support them! I can’t say that I am in any way disappointed or unhappy with what I have written so far (and I'm a pretty serious critic of my stuff).
With any luck and serious rewrites and edits, expect the new novel sometime early next year. Then on to other projects, particularly those picture books I keep putting on hold.
In peripherally related news (ha, I didn't notice that was a pun until now), my heavy dependable keyboard finally stopped working after 12 years. All the cheap flimsy ones I have around here, keyboards that came bundled with one computer or another, are not really very comfortable for long typing sessions so I purchased a good Corsair ‘gaming’ keyboard with mechanical switches on the keys — the ‘blue’ switches, which are the best for typing, I think. I love it, both the feel and that satisfying typewriter sound of striking the keys.