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06 February 2013 @ 04:25 pm
pulling. teeth.  

There are a variety of reasons why the opening chapters of SHAMAN RISES have been difficult to write.

One is that I knew when I sent them off to my editor as part of the proposal that I hadn’t really gotten them right yet. I had to fix them (which was made more difficult by the 3rd reason cited below) Another is that due to Life, I have gotten almost no writing done at all in this calendar year, when in my dream world I wrote 50K in January and was halfway done with the book. It’s hard to get traction when you’re starting out half a book behind. :/

Another is that a while back, an enterprising young artist took a silver Sharpie to my netbook screen, and I have not been able to get it off. It’s hard to write when you can’t see the whole screen. (Don’t bother giving me suggestions on how to get it off–I’ve tried a bunch of things unsuccessfully, and will buy a new computer as soon as the tablet/laptop hybrid I want comes out in Marchish. I don’t like this netbook anyway. :))

The biggest reason, though, was that the book starts off with a kind of fight scene, and I really wanted/needed to get it right before launching into what I am *hoping* will be a headlong rush of inevitability ending in a triumphant climax followed by everybody going out for shawarma. Or something to that effect.

I have finally gotten the opening chapters done, and since I know how the next one ends, I hope I’m now about to fling myself into that headlong rush. I certainly hope so, because if the rest of the book goes like the first chapters did, the whole thing is going to be like pulling teeth, and I’ll never make my deadline. o.O

This is going to be, I think, a big book: there are a lot of characters making reappearances, and a lot of repercussions and arcs to tie up from the PREVIOUS TEN BOOKS. Holy shit, guys. TEN BOOKS. How did I end up with TEN Walker Papers novels? (This counts “Banshee Cries”, which is, okay, technically a novella, and NO DOMINION, which is definitely a novel!) So there’s a lot of ground to cover, and I think it’s going to be a wild, exciting, heartbreaking ride.

I can’t believe it’s the last one.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

irishkateirishkate on February 6th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it either - it will be strange not having another one coming out next year again
Thirzahthirzah on February 6th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
It sounds terrifying ^^
Also, it sounds like at least 2 books ;) mwuahahaha ^^

ALSO I have no idea what a 'Silver Sharpie' is, but it sounds like a great name for an action hero. *googles.* Ahhhh. Oh dear.
Jenindiana_j on February 6th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
...heartbreaking ride

Alix (Tersa): Castle - Teatimetersa on February 6th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's going to be a teeth gnashing, hair pulling journey, but that you'll pull it off as you always do because you're too stubborn not to.

10 books. Kind of amazing and daunting all at the same time. *pom-poms*
kitmizkit on February 7th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
I do not WANT it to be a teeth-gnashing hair-pulling journey! Raar!
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 6th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Those artists get everywhere, don't they? Mine can't use sharpies, but they have highly dangerous fluff.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 7th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
My last couple of books started off so slowly, I almost gave up on them (not an option in your case, obviously). Each time, thank the gods, I hit a point where it all started flowing and then I almost caught up. Hopefully you've hit that time now!

And look on the bright side...in the bad old days, you would have been working on a physical copy you had to type out by hand, and the silver sharpie would have been a disaster of epic proportions!
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on February 7th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
This probably won't be at all helpful, but ... try writing the chapters that lead up to the fight, get the flow all working right, then either drop them or move them out of order to put the fight first.

See, I knew that wouldn't be helpful. Good luck!
kitmizkit on February 8th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
As it happens, the chapters leading up to the fight are written! They're called NO DOMINION and MOUNTAIN ECHOES. :)