August 2008 Review

Writing News

Formatting “The Tale of the Comet” is about halfway through and the total page count has already reached the 667 page mark, so it will probably finish up close to 700 pages. This is rather thick for a paperback, even a trade one. Nevermind, I still prefer to keep the book together, and probably would have done the same with “The Friendly Ambassador” if I could have done, but that would have been over 1200 pages! “The Tale of the Comet” is actually in two parts. There is a logical break when activities move underground and enter the 'broken ship,' and I would have had a 400/300 page split if I had separated the books at that point. I can never decide which way is best. My feeling is that you would like to read the whole story, but it might make the book a little pricy, not that trade paperbacks are cheap anyway, but buying the book in two volumes might actually work out more expensive. I think as a single volume it makes a better all in one product. I have subsequently altered the cover, it's more or less the same, just a little wider with newer images. I have also added a couple of black and white illustration type images in the book at the beginning of each part. The first part of the book is “The Dragon King” while the second part of the book is “The Althon Gerail.” Bey-Jai's story is also being sorted and I have added an extra chapter dealling with her recovery and return to the Sullenfeld by Tesambala. Another old friend also returns in the form of L'Polonal, who was at her side in the island fort at Erring Bridge. I wonder how many of you who have read “The Return of the Sixpack” spotted Sophia's son in “The Tale of the Comet?” I will add another chapter near the end of the book when Tesambala and L'Polonal get back to Erring Bridge with Bey-Jai and an epilogue, which the original version of “The Tale of the Comet” didn't have, which will set the scene for “The Sullenfeld Oracle.”

After “The Tale of the Comet” I will probably look at attempting “The Sullenfeld Oracle.” This is mainly because I still think that “The Twelve Ships” is going to be a bit of a marathon. I know from writing “The Friendly Ambassador” that doing it right means that you have to set the scene right first. There will be a lot of that to be done to be able to place the story in context with what went before and what happends next. However, as we are dealing with the odd generation or two in the passage of time, the story will almost be stand alone, rather like “The Friendly Ambassador” was before it.

If you are heading off on holiday, have a safe and good one.

See you next month.

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