Almost half way there

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new. I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t get distracted with my blog until I finished Chapter 9. As it happens, I have also finished Chapters 10 and 11 and I’ve only got one chapter to go before I’m halfway there. Exciting and depressing at the same time.

On one hand, I’m just about at the middle point of the story arc which is great fun. I finally got to write Chapter 11 which is one of the pivotal chapters of the story. Yay me. On the other hand, I still have another half of book to write. Ironically enough, I’ve already written enough for one book if the word count is anything to go by:

TOTAL WORD COUNT TO DATE = 72,374

The breakdown is

  1. 7446
  2. 8291
  3. 7876
  4. 5260
  5. 6290
  6. 9354
  7. 6005
  8. 2473
  9. 7453
  10. 5983
  11. 5943

As you can see, there are a few problematic chapters, most notably Chapters 6 & 8. One is way too long and the other way too short. I had a few issues with the transition between 8 & 9 that I will have to go back and fix during editing. Revision now would be a bad bad idea. Even being a perfectionist I know going back to do re-writes now will set my time line back big time. Better to wait.

Anyhow, the upshot is I’m getting somewhere and if I can keep up the pace, I should have a completed manuscript ready for revision by Christmas. This is my hope anyhow.

And on a completely different tangent, I came across this on the front of Amazon this morning:

I have to say that Amazon is really pulling out all the stops to dominate the e-book market. I had no idea that the kindle software was as cross-platform as it is. Interesting that it’s up on the iPad as well as other mobile devices. They certainly are not throwing any punches, it’s more like KO power. Dominating as many platforms as possible is a very savvy move while others try to catch up in the race. I wouldn’t like to say who’s going to come out on top, but Amazon’s not taking no for an answer.

Stay tuned to this space. I’m sure it won’t be the last time that Amazon comes up on my blog.

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