"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison
"Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." - Charles de Lint

06 May, 2023

'The House of Ash' is Done, Done, DONE!

Wow, I haven't had this crazy spurt of energy in just one day, but I managed to write the last three chapters today, including the epilogue, so that The House of Ash is finally done in its rough form. Behold the requisite celebratory disco video:

At the moment the draft clocks in at 48,200+ words. The gap of over 1,000 words will be divided between the chapters when revision and edits happen, and that's doable as heck. I'm pretty strict with the final word count and am always determined to max it out to an even 50K so as to make the reading experience complete even with the book being a long novella. 

Speaking of, I think I'm doing pretty well settling down to this length for the long haul. I really love it. I love the control I have to have on every chapter I write, the final word count also forcing me to limit my plotting since I tend to get carried away sometimes with unnecessary scenes or even side stories. 

So, yay! Another book under my belt! I'm taking the rest of the weekend off to recover and just be lazy while outlining the next WiP I'm set to work on (Ada and the Singing Skull). I did say before that there's a chance the release date for this book will also be fluid because of how early I got it done, and I'm going to be looking into alternative calendar dates for it. And that means there's a good chance it'll be pushed forward as well to an earlier date, which always feels good. Booyah!

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