Friday, March 06, 2009

Of making many books there is no end - UPDATED

But sometimes there is a pausing point.

My first novel, of which the first draft was completed a year and a half ago, needs some work. So I have been revising it, though this project was laid aside during the whole New Orleans episode.

It is also a sprawling tale on a broad canvas. After all, it is setting the stage for the books that follow and I am creating a parallel world.

So I am splitting it into two books.

Today I finished the revision through the first book and tonight I am printing it up.

I believe the harder part will be the second half, which is far more about the interior journey than the exterior one. There is a challenge in maintaining a strong story arc without the prop of action, and the second half has less action than the first. Anyway, today was one of the milestone days in the journey of getting these stories into words and onto paper.

What else is a fella to do when he has to keep his leg propped up? Watch TV and ingest calories? Yeah, I do some of that too.

Some time and two ink cartridges later it is printed: all 338 pages of it. Sword and sorcery with non-mawkish theological underpinnings. Were I and the day both younger I might be doing a happy dance right now.

--the BB


Jane R said...

Woo hoo! This ain't no silliness, it is news of the art world!

Ellie Finlay said...

There is such a thing as a mental happy dance. (Trust me; I'm old enough to know.)