First draft of The Ragged Man is finished – only a few months of intensive rewriting to go but at least I’ve got to this stage! By my rough count it’s not a whole lot under 200k which is a bit more than I’d planned, but there was a fair bit more death to pack in than I’d originally intended so maybe that’s no great surprise.
Most importantly, it means I can head off for a week in Venice without any of my usual feelings of guilt that I’m behind deadline or stuff like that. I’m here exactly as I planned to be and that feels fecking great!
An aside – The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone – what are people’s reactions to it? Am probably a quarter the way through Blood Knight and I’ve come to a realisation – I don’t care. This has actually surprised me since I read the first two novels in the series and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, but looking back at the Charnel Prince I realise I didn’t really care then either and only bought no 3 because Greg Keyes is a big thing in fantasy and I should be aware of what he’s writing, as well as the fact I have enjoyed previous novels of his. But at the moment, I’m reading and it’s barely touching the sides – not feeling engaged at all depsite the prose and characters being as per previous novels and he’s probably a better writer than I am.
So, anyone else? Good guys win, bad guys win, would it matter? I realise I’m ambivalent on the subject, as long as someone wins I don’t really mind, and frankly I’m not sure I care enough to keep going for another three or four hundred pages. I think I’m off to read the Gone Away World instead. That’s apparently got dragons and ninjas in.