Finished off the Peter…

Finished off the Peter storyline properly (with the surprise appearance), and we're now at 51,778 words. Clearly over, but last I talked to Duncan, he indicated that might not be a problem; they may just let the book go longer. Whenever this comes up, he talks about adding signatures, and one of these days I have to ask him whether he means signatures as in book-binding, which means actual extra pages, or signatures as in authorizations, which means extra money from the higher-ups at the corporation authorizing the adding of extra pages. Either is plausible, which pleases me oddly. Maybe I won't ask him. I sort of like both possibilities existing.

One last storyline to wrap up, with two endings -- the orgy and the S/M club. About three scenes to write, maybe 1500 words? We'll see. I think I can finish it by 1-ish, if I just churn through. Feeling lackadaisical, though, itchy. This always happens when I sit down to write. If I just keep writing, I'll enjoy the work, I know. It was fun doing the writing this morning. I'm just lazy, is what it is. If I'm going to take on another novel when this is done (the YA one), then I'm going to have to learn how to keep my butt in my damn chair.

It's really been great fun drafting this book. I read over a lot of it this morning, to get my brain back in the right headspace to write more, and it's often purely goofy. I did end up rushing several of the endings that I wrote before World Fantasy; hopefully, they'll let me go back and slow those down a little, putting in more scenes and less summary. If I can do it all the way I want to, I think it'll end up a really satisfying book -- tons of sex, campy and funny, and with just a little bit of an edge to it. I love Kathryn, but I don't always approve of the choices she [the reader] makes, and since I'm God in her world, I get to punish her when she makes bad choices. Heh heh heh.

When I was talking to Karen about it last week, it became clear that in some sense, this kind of book has to be fairly prescriptivist; the author has to tell the reader what will happen if they make various choices. And as a result, the whole thing ends up being something of a tutorial in "how Mary Anne thinks you should conduct your sexual relationships." :-) I try not to be too judgemental, but's pretty much impossible to avoid, given the format. Fascinating.

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