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14 December 2007 @ 12:10 pm
 
There are 141,098 words in the QUEEN'S BASTARD manuscript.

There is one paragraph--67 words--that is, to me as the writer, *flawless*. It does what I want it to. Everything in the book to that point leads up to this one paragraph, and when I read it, it takes my breath away. I have no idea if it will work the same way for other people, but for me, that .05% of the book is perfect. A hundred and forty thousand words for a tiny handful that make me want to crow with triumph.

I write books mostly because I like to tell stories, but once in a while, once in every few hundred thousand words, I get a moment like this, a moment of goddamned *transcendence*, and oh my God, *that* is why I do this.
 
 
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Natural20natural20 on December 14th, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
That is so very, very cool.

And will there be a prize for us guessing the correct paragraph when we can finally read the book? :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 14th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Yes. You get to appreciate momentary genius.
Natural20natural20 on December 14th, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
Are you saying Catie's genius is only momentary? Harsh. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 14th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
*laugh*

Even Homer nods. All genius is momentary: that's its glory. The very, very best may stretch to a human lifetime.
kitmizkit on December 14th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
And really, if out of 141,098 words, only 67 of them are flawless, I probably can't argue with the momentary genius aspect... :)
kit: tqbmizkit on December 14th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
Sure! I will send an early copy of THE PRETENDER'S CROWN to the first three people who correctly identify the paragraph *in email*, because if anybody posts it I will kill them and bring them back to life a hundred times so I can kill them again.

Plus what bellinghman said. :)
Natural20natural20 on December 14th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
And if that isn't a good reason to buy the book the moment it's available and read it quickly (while savouring and enjoying, of course!) I don't know what is. :)

Yay!
irishkate: writingirishkate on December 14th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
There are 141,098 words in the QUEEN'S BASTARD manuscript.

Did you count them again? (like on the paper copy?)
kitmizkit on December 14th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
No, are you nuts? :) I used the Word document. :)
cearabredecearabrede on December 14th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
That's fabulous. Makes me want to read it to know what the paragraph is! :D
xnamkradxnamkrad on December 14th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to read this.
out_totheblackout_totheblack on December 14th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read it!
tambowritestambowrites on December 15th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
That is so absolutely true, and a non-writer wouldn't really understand the giddy, mind blowing aspect of it.

CONGRATULATIONS on your sixty seven transcendent words! YOU ROCK!!