Book #2, Unseen Things: The Hunt, is finished, and in only 13 days! The word count before editing and proofing came out to be 80,891, but that may increase by a few thousand during the editing process if the first book was any indication. I’m not sure how long the editing will take, but I’m thinking possibly a week or a week and a half. Then after that I’ll do the copyright thing and then get it published and out there. I’ll post an announcement when it’s actually available, and add another widget specifically for that book with links to where you can get it.
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I have just one more closing chapter to complete in book two, and then the editing and proofing phase can begin, which I anticipate will take about another week or so. If I finish off that final chapter today, that’ll mean I completed the story itself in just 13 days!
I spent the majority of 26 hours yesterday (maybe 21 if you subtract sleep and food) writing three complete chapters (8, 9 and 10) with a word count of 17,402 words. The total word count as of when I finished that freight train of writing was 51,128. I’m shooting for 95k as the goal for the whole book, so I’m over half way now. Let me just say, that while the first book in the series is really an introduction to the characters, this second book has a lot of very intense action, emotions, humor and gory awesomeness. Yes, I said gore. You’ll need to keep a mop handy for some of the scenes in this one. 😉
This second book really opens up and solidifies the main arc of the series. It takes you into different dimensions, and by the third book, will open up a multitude of new dimensions for the characters to explore.
Work continues. Keep checking the progress widget on the right for the current status. The cover is made already, so once it’s completed, I’ll just have to go through the editing and corrections process, which will take about a week or so, and also I’ll need to assign it its ISBN numbers as well as taking care of a few other things.
I just finished writing chapter 8 of The Hunt. Earlier in the book, Derek encounters a slave in the Faranox dimension, frees it and then returns it to its own home dimension. In chapter 8, the whole gang goes to that being’s home dimension where they meet more of the race of aquatic humanoids that live there. This is the chapter where their race is officially given the name blue fins, which was given to them by Derek since humans aren’t capable of reproducing the sounds they make to communicate with one another, and therefore can’t pronounce the actual name of their race, or any of their individual names for that matter.
There’s an interesting development concerning the telepathic communication between the two races as well.
I absolutely smoked out this chapter. 5,558 words in four hours. Woohoo! Go me! 😀
Tonight I made up the cover for book 2, The Hunt, so all the graphics are ready to go for its launch. Now I just have to keep plugging away at the book until it’s done. I’ll probably be taking a few days off from writing so I can get my reviews done for the next issue of Rogue Cinema and then get the new issue posted, but after that, I’ll be back at it with a vengeance.
I’ve added a widget over on the right side that has a progress report of where I’m at with the second book. Aside from the humor, this second book isn’t like the first book. This one is riddled with absolute carnage, some of it so over the top that it’s absolutely hilarious. I was even laughing as I was writing it. I can’t wait to get this thing finished and get it out there. I still have a long way to go, but I’m working hard on it. This one scene I wrote tonight with Tina and Sarah, it was like Lucy and Ethel meet The Evil Dead. 😀
Anyway, things are progressing along nicely. I’ll keep posting updates when I have them. 🙂