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Progress Report, in which I tread a fine line

Notched another 5100 words on Petra Released last week, bringing Magic Meter to here:

Looks like I’m finished, but nope.  Not quite.  The climax is passed; all that’s left is the denouement.

And even here, this late in the game, when I’m usually rushing to the end, even here, this novel is giving me fits.  The damned thing has kicked and screamed almost the entire way.  Just working out the blocking for the climactic confrontation took me half an afternoon.  I wound up modifying it a little from what I had been planning to do.  This pleased me, because it’s a little bit more surprising, and it ties together three separate plot threads a bit more neatly.

Not everything is sunshine and roses, though.  As I’m wrapping this novel up, I realize that I’m not at all happy with the resolution of a separate subplot.  Not.  At.  All.  I thought I had it all figured out, but now I see a fairly serious hole in it.  Fixing it will have to wait until the rewrite.  I don’t like leaving it in this shape; it feels like cheating.  But it’s a rough draft, and I still owe a few more pages, and at this point, I just want to get across the finish line.

I didn’t have these problems with Petra.  But then, Petra was a simpler, more straightforward novel.  This one, just by its nature, was bound to be more difficult.  I’m growing as a writer.  I’m stretching.  That’s what I tell myself, anyway.

Or maybe I’ve simply failed.  Who can say?  There’s a fine line between soaring like the eagle and falling flat on your face.

Whatever.  Another couple of days or so, and I’ll have a draft.

No updates for Write Club.

Bed now.

“The Multiplicity Has Arrived,” arriving soon at IGMS

Now it can be told:

Edmund Schubert at Intergalactic Medicine Show had called me just prior to WorldCon, asking for a (minor) rewrite of “The Multiplicity Has Arrived.”  This was the only actual writing work I managed while in Denver.  Looks like it paid off.  I got an email from Edmund today, and it’s a go.

I’m pretty proud of this story.  I struggled mightily with it in the writing, but finally managed to whip it into something resembling a coherent narrative.  Thanks to

for his crit of this one.  Much appreciated, Trent!

Look for “The Multiplicity Has Arrived” in issue 11, January 2009.

Progress Report, in which I relate a fact of uncertain significance

Post WorldCon, and back in the writing saddle.  Banged out 5200 words on Petra Released.  Here’s the long-awaited return of Magic Meter:

Maddeningly close to the end, as you can see, but not quite there yet. 

Looks like my original WAG on the length is going to be pretty accurate.  This is weird.  I’m usually terrible at estimating how long a piece will be.  But as with Petra, my projection is going to be very close.  Not sure what that signifies, really, but I thought I’d mention it.

I’m not at all certain how well my climax will work, or even if it will work at all.  By contrast, I felt much better about the ending of Petra.  I suspect much heavy lifting will be needed in the rewrite.

But that, of course, comes later.  Right now, I just need to finish the beastly thing.

I have an update for Write Club, but I’ll save it for its own post.

And on that note . . .