Well, that's it. I've sent out The Last Scion to a slew of beta readers who are ready to devour my book and spit it out on the floor. Hopefully within the next couple of months I will get enough feedback to start a somewhat final draft of the novel and begin sending it out to publishing companies. Scary, right?
The Last Scion was originally composed in 34 days, clocking in at 143,000 words. I wanted to make the deadline for Suvudu's writing contest. Obviously I didn't win, but afterwards I was freed from the 150,000 word limit - and the time limit - and over the next 6 months took The Last Scion to a comfortable 180,000 words. That was an adventure. Maturing as a writer across the span of a novel makes for some very lopsided writing. During the first draft, the first part of the novel was better than the second part of the novel, because I admittedly was rushing. During the second draft, Part III became much better, and I thought I was all ready to send it out to beta readers until I went back and read my edited Part I. So then I had to edit that again. Now, hopefully, the writing quality is consistent through the three parts.
With the help of my wife, I've managed to choose the next project I am going to begin working on immediately. In the Shadow of Legends is a story of a young man in search of the story of his notorious grandfather - and that's all I'll say for now. I sat down this morning to really start the worldbuilding phase. I had some notes, but nothing too comprehensive, no plotting, very slim character sketches, etc. I was supposed to sit down and start plotting a bit, try to figure out where I wanted the character to go.
That didn't work out.
Remember a while ago when I said I bought a giant white board, and hoped to go Mad Scientist on it? Well, the Mad Scientist took over. I sat with four different color dry erase markers and drew this:
While I had some elements of mapped out geography for The Last Scion, I've never done something quite like this. And the best part was that I didn't even really have to think about it. I was too wrapped up in it all to really concentrate on what I was doing, and that caused me to vomit out this strange map on my wall in my basement. At least now I know the geography.
Boy, that was fun.