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Current Novel (Mage’s Price)

Some notes about the novel I’m working on.

I am, as I predicted, loving third person. It allows great freedom in comparison to first person. It is less intimate than first person, but not horribly so. I am using third-person close, which allows me to get most of any character’s perspective when I desire it. It also allows me to obfuscate a character’s thoughts when I wish to by having another character talk to them.

I am currently 27,000 words in to what I’m tentatively calling The Mage’s Price. It appears to be a book about addiction. Not just addiction to substances, though that plays a part, but addictions to thoughts, ways of viewing ourselves or others, and how those addictions can ruin us. I hope it’s also about how we can become better if we fight through our addictions, but I, frankly, can’t be sure that’s where it’s going right now.

I also can’t even venture a guess as to final word count. It feels like a much longer story than Wolf, which clocked in around 80,000 words (330 pages or so), but how much longer ‘much longer’ is, I don’t know. I do want to finish it before my next baby arrives, via stork I’m told, in early August. I write 2,000 words a day and take Sundays off, so I average closer to 1,600 words a day. If I write until July 31st, that’s 128,000 more words or so for a total of ~155,000, which is roughly 600 pages paperback. I don’t know if it’ll be that long, or even if it needs to be that long. We’ll see. Hopefully, it’ll be as interesting a trip as it has been thus far.

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