70,882 words. That’s how far I’ve gotten in revising the 85,000 word novel that was once zero words when I started it on one spring night in early 2016. And the crazy part? There’s a possibility that the final draft might go on longer than the initial 85k I ended with after the first go-around. What I’m really trying to say is that it’s now May 1st, and I did not meet my promise to finish the second draft of Spymancer.
The last I parted ways with my protagonist, James, he had conned his way into a nightclub and started shooting vampires in search of a demon who had done the bad thing. James hated the bad thing this demon did and decided that said demon needs to die. James thinks he might be close to death, too, but alas, it is not meant to be. Or is it? Probably. Can’t really pin that down right now.
However, what I can pin down, and probably should of had sorted already as early as a month ago was that my expectations for finishing this thing before my self-imposed deadline was ridiculous. As stated in an earlier post I made weeks ago, I was at the 45k mark and decided to dump the latter 40,000 words in order to do a complete re-write. That 85k which took 12 months to write, and 4 months of hard copy editing and post-draft outlining was grueling. To think I could pull off a 40k feat in a month was total hubris on my part. I thought it’d be more straight forward than this, but I was an idiot to think that I could pull this off while living on my own and pulling down a 40 hour per week day job on top of that.
So, here’s what happening: as promised, I’ll post the first chapter of Spymancer on this website within the next week or so (split into two parts). After that, I’m taking the rest of May off. This is mainly because I’m burned out on writing the novel and would like to actually sit down and read or watch thing somebody else made for a change. It’s been a few months, so I’m overdue.
During this time I’m going to look over and re-evaluate the content I’ve been posting on Nocturnal Muse Sessions. Things have been pretty inconsistent around here, and with Austin By Night on the permanent back burner, I want to shift to a posting schedule that’s more manageable. That way you can get a decent stream of posts from me and you’re not left wondering if I got bored running this website and quit or simply died and forgot to let everyone know about it.
By June I’ll be back writing (and finishing) Spymancer, with, hopefully, a new posting schedule to boot! I’m glad you’ve stuck with me so far, and I hope to see that you continue to stick around. Be sure to follow me on twitter and I can’t wait to see how you like the first chapter!
Philip N.R Hauser