Last night I finished the first draft of book 13, Companions, and today I’ll begin the editing process. The first draft came in at around 107K words, so by the time I’m done editing it the final count will probably be around 110K somewhere.
You’d think an author wouldn’t be all that surprised by what he writes, but there were a couple of scenes in the final two chapters of the book that did in fact surprise me. It was one of those things where you’re going along great, and then when you get down to the last two chapters of the book, you sort of sit there thinking to yourself, “I’ve got two chapters left. What the hell do I do now?”
What I ended up doing was filling those two chapters with scenes I never intended on writing. One ended up being rather emotional, while the other introduced some intrigue that will be rarely mentioned, but will carry through several books until I feel the time is right to bring it to a conclusion. I did actually have plans to do something major involving some creatures from another dimension, but this book didn’t feel like the right time to bring that into the story. Everything has a time and a place, and its time will come, I’m just not sure when. If I’d have introduced it in this book it would have felt rushed, so we’ll see how things go in the future. What I have planned is both nasty and disastrous, so I want to make sure the timing is right for it.
Something else I included in the last couple of chapters was a scene that I’ve wanted to do for a while now in some form or another that indicates a bit of a shift in the attitudes of the characters, and how they view themselves in relation to the rest of humanity. It’s something they’ve been denying about themselves for a while now, but it’s reached a point where they had to make a choice on whether to keep denying it, or to embrace it fully.
This book is entirely about the people in Washington. There are a few small cameo appearances from the group in Scotland, as well as the folks down at Jarrod’s family’s house, but in general the entire focus of this book was on the group in Washington.
I’ve also made another major decision regarding this series that comes out in this book, but will probably not happen until the book after next. So that’s coming…eventually. Like I said…everything in its time. 🙂
That’s it for now. I’ve got a long and very tedious editing process ahead of me that I’m going to get started on today, so I’m thinking the book will be done and published by the early to middle part of next week. That’s just a rough guess though. If I feel like it needs a second editing pass, then it’ll probably be out by the weekend after next.