My new novel isn’t quite ready to be written. It’s begging for a bit more gelling time so I am letting it percolate on the back burner for awhile more. (I’d hoped to start writing this week.)
That brings the revision of Quest to be Queen to the foreground. I’m hoping to have a round on it done before Nano. Quest is a light-hearted fantasy spoof following Teagren through the seven lands of Dhaneira as she searches for the seven tokens that will confirm her eligibility to be chosen as the Prince’s bride. Thus, the story is divided into seven long chapters. One of my jobs will be to look at additional appropriate divisions within each task.
Another problem is that the story is a little short at 70K. Okay, a LOT short. I need to consider how to best complicate some of the shorter chapters as they’re not all the same length. Or possibly weave in another sub-plot or two.
It is true that some of the chapters flow better than others as well. Some of them just naturally took all the twists and turns that could be spoofed out of traditional fairy tales, myths, and cartoons. Others I struggled with more. I need to evaluate those chapters and see if I’m completely on the wrong track with those tasks or if they just need a new character or situation tossed in to make them come up smelling sweeter.
Besides the Quest revision, I’ve still only done about a third of Maripat’s novel crit. And the recipe forum keeps me hopping as well. I probably have enough going on for the next couple months.