Sunday, August 31, 2008

Two more chapters and I will STOP

I have decided to stop at 20 chapters. I need to rework something in the middle and then I need to tie things up with the denouement.

I'm at 80,000 words now. Two more chapters means... I will wrap this up somewhere upwards of 88,000. A lot shorter than the first full drafting at 140,000+.

There is just so much excess in writing these days. I am a little self-conscious about the length. Seems like every novel in this genre is a massive phone book. I mean as much as I LOVE to deride "Wizard's First Rule", it clocks in at 300,000 words and the author got a $275,000 advance on it... and it was his first piece of fiction. EVER.

Anyway, I will need some readers who are well versed in this genre of fiction since you are my core audience...

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Flame and Bone

When I was made from fire
Poured into the tender vessel of caution
That keeps my smoke from rising
Quickly did I discover that apart from crisp drizzles or falling snow
The world chilled my touched
Walking the narrow cornered gap between girders and cut stone
One learns to tuck his shoulders in or risk
Jostling a neighbor passing by rapt with want
For a clear path without the distraction
Of another man's boiling eyes
The tip of a finger
That oldest of all weapons
Grown deadlier and pristine in its invention
Gathers a mote of a cinder on its bare flesh
And turns pondering how best to scratch the impious itch
Prying open the tender seam
Where the oil of thought dews
Offering a new wick to ignite
Squirming alive as a salamander of mischief
That yearns for a taste of air it is so ready to devour
The steam of breath betrays me
Before the glint of orange spreads
In popping bright waves
Eroding the fibers feeding it
Leaving naught but ash
As my shell of quietude falls away