With my weight gym closed down and my boxing gym closed down and my
swimming pool closed down, it’s been another productive weekend of
writing! Being this sedentary is driving me slowly mad, but in the
meantime, the one remaining activity that I can actually do is getting a
lot of my attention.
This weekend, I did some editing on Intersection Thirteen. It has
indeed grown, as I had expected, but only by a few hundred words. It’s
still early days in the editing process.
The big piece of news this weekend is that I started a serial of
novellas collectively titled The Five Kingdoms of Daniel Worthy. I
finished the first of five novellas yesterday, and it came in at 10,500
words, which is much longer than I expected it to be. I initially
thought these would be short stories adding up to a long novella, but it
appears that they will instead be novellas adding up to a short novel.
As I wrote yesterday, the story embodies a theme I have attempted and
failed to articulate well twice before (the Voyage and Opytt
series), but I have two things going for me this time that I hope will
lead to a successful conclusion for Daniel Worthy. The first is that I
have made sure that this series does nothing extraneous. It is entirely
about the core father/son issue I want it to be about and not a dozen
other things besides. The second is that this time I know better than to
hit the publish button before I’m done with the whole thing.
The reduced scope and intense focus can be demonstrated in the number of
planned stories. Voyage was supposed to be fourteen episodes times
five volumes for a total of seventy stories. Opytt was supposed to be
twelve stories. True its title, Daniel Worthy is a total of just five
stories, easily collectible into a single volume (and probably still
shorter than most standalone fantasy novels!).
I expect to make more progress on Daniel Worthy writing and
Intersection Thirteen editing next weekend as well.
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