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January 1 to 3, 2018

Edited my way to the chapter on Maidenhead.

My current word count is 125,607

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November 27, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Continued to edit Soulbright.

I summary outlined each chapter to see if I could find any chapters that don’t really move the plot along. Two chapters got ditched but they weren’t that big. 

Worked on Tahatan’s dialogue to better reflect his situation and his feelings in light of the Garden of Stone adventure.

My word count is at 127,228.

November 26, 2017

I managed to shave the book down to 130,092 words. My goal is to trim the first draft down by at least 40,000 words, so only 30,000 more to go…

I concentrated more on finalizing the cover. The cover art concept originally featured a vampire skull (at top) and Copper’s render. Some of the render concept sketches were incredibly realistic and featured magical glyphs on the surface. The final cover features a stylized render more in keeping with the bold, simplistic designs of my existing Otherworld titles and reminiscient of an eclipse.

November 25, 2017

I’m 140,919 words on Soulbright. I just wrote the ending, so I’m done with the first draft!

November 15 to 24, 2017

I didn’t get a lot written over the past ten days, what with the Thanksgiving holiday and all. I am torn between two endings to the book. The Gamelords are likely getting the short end of the stick; the other ending is more organic and only requires that I retconn a few details in the book before publication. I would still like to include the Synthesis (and, in fact, I need to) in order to further the overarching plot of the series. Perhaps in the anticlimax with Umpire and Aloysius Wayne…

November 12 to 14, 2017

I have arrived at the final showdown between my protagonist and antagonist. I was surprised by how the Gamelords turned out. Despite having developed the AI game matrix pantheon, it was a stroke of inspiration to include them in Soulbright in this way.

The chapter I’m working on now is called The Trial of Iustitia. I’m at 138,241 words and 64 chapters.

October 3, 2017 to November 11, 2017

I hit a wall in Soulbright so I thought I’d give NaNoWriMo another spin in order to hammer out some of the Johnny Came Home sequel.

Yeah.

That was an unmitigated disaster. I think it said after the first week that I might achieve 50,000 words by, like, April 2018. Pretty sure I’m not gonna make it, especially since I found my muse again and have started writing Soulbright again instead of “Elementus.”

Soulbright is at 136,703 words.