Sunday, 16 October 2011

This week's word is: 81



...as in 81,000 words.



Hello, dragon fans. It's me, Gadzooks. Don't believe a word he tells you about me having 'three weeks off'! This is my blog and I'm going to write it. So there.



The author didn't do any 'proper' work this morning, but instead concentrated on 'tweaking' his last 10,000 or so words - this after Mrs Author had cast her scowl- I mean, her critical eye over the manuscript. As always, he did a word count at the end of the session, which reported that he'd got 80,997 words of THE FIRE ASCENDING in total. Annoyed, he went back and added 6 more, which took him to 81,003. That made him feel so much better! Authors, eh? I blow a smoke ring in despair...


Mrs Author is very pleased with what she's reading of this final section. The narrative splits for the first time here and alternate sections follow David and Alexa. Would you believe the author STILL doesn't know exactly what's going to happen at the end? ('Cos I won't tell him!) This makes him fretful, which just makes Mrs Author come back with one of her favourite sayings, "The story is already written somewhere, you've just got to listen for it." Ooh err. That's a weird concept: the idea that stories and characters are floating around in some sort of creative cloud and all we have to do is catch them in a bucket when it rains... Or is that a metaphor too far? We liked the wry tweet after the author's notebook posting last week which asked, "Does this mean that TFA is going to be as confusing as the other six?" Absolutely! But weirdly, it's also much more together. And it explains a lot of things, of course. But maybe not everything... Erm...



And talking of listening... is the listening dragon in the Pennykettles' kitchen about to get a name...? I was thinking about it this morning. Could one of the biggest unanswered questions in the Chronicles be about to have a resolution? Hmmm. Watch this space...


While the author has been tapping away (just two weeks now to his deadline - agh!) Agent Ed has been at the Frankfurt book fair (in Germany) trying to sell the Chronicles overseas. The latest country to pick up on us is Brazil (school visit, anyone???) but we'd like to get a few more in Europe if we can. Maybe this poster of THE FIRE ASCENDING will help to do the trick. Note the size of it! That's Agent Ed standing underneath the display. Pretty big, huh?


Right, back to pondering on the windowsill for me. And kitchen duties for the author. It's cauliflower cheese for tea, I believe. Can't wait. Until next time. Happy reading. Hrrr!
























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