D: Do we have a problem with Sundays?
A: Yes, they’re always followed by a Monday.
D: And are you not ready for Monday?
A: D, no one is ever ready for Monday.
D: Are you getting a little existential on me, A? Do we need to go back and have a little chat with Camus?
A: Loved that book, said that Meursault was Christ in my paper on it, and no.
D: Moving right along. Is this the only reason you’re cursing out Sunday?
A: Um, how about my vicious sunburn?
D: Oh boy . . . you do know that the scientists of this world have a lovely invention called sunscreen.
A: You sound like TC. Stop it.
D: And yet it still stands.
A: I wanted a bit of color.
D: A, you’re Irish. Flesh tone is color for you.
A: Says the Pict.
D: I know from pale, A.
A: Point taken.
D: So, you’re sunburned and you r weekend is nearly over – any more invectives to throw at Sunday’s head?
A: No, not really. It was just a long slog of a day, but it had great rewards. I accomplished three out of four goals I set for myself last week.
D: Do tell, A – I’m breathless with anticipation.
A: Snark will get you anywhere, D! I dusted off the treadmill (and used it!). I filled in and was able to erase all those (Figure out what you’re talking about, lady) tags in part 2, which clocked in at 26,199 words –
D: So we’re already over 50,000?
A: Yes, but Parts 3 and 4 shouldn’t be more than 30k combined. There’s always the editing rounds to get rid of fluff, too D.
D: I know, and forgive me if I feel that you’d need no less than 100,000 words to do justice to my greatness.
D: It’s one hell of a story, A.
A: Uh huh.
A: I think I just heard my fingers scream in agony.
D: I think that’s your sunburn. Speaking of Part 3 . . .
A: That’s the other goal I managed to accomplish – Part 3 has it’s first outline.
D: Dare I ask?
A: Ah, go on.
D: What does this outline say, A? I peeked over your shoulder and I’m a bit concerned.
A: Why? I was kinda proud of it myself:
- Captured – Dubh gone, Maureen spastic, Sean slaps her
- Breakout –Dubh is rescued, Sean and Maureen are SOL
- The Interview – Nuada grandstands; remember monologues are cliche.
- Big Boom
- Even Bigger Problems
D: That’s it, keywords?
A: And the start of everyone’s emotional state for each section – I found that very helpful in making sure the arguing from Part 2 didn’t get out of hand. Besides I thought you’d be happy – there are at least two opportunities for you to indulge your love of smoke bombs.
D: I did see that. Thank you, A.
A: I do what I can. Oh, and before you ask: editing.
A: This week’s goal: Editing.
D: That’s it?
A: I think chocolate might find its way on there, too
D: In conjunction with the treadmill?
The Druid Tells the Tale
A has yet to make any changes to this site because she is a lazy, no good—
A: Oi, Druid! Knock it off!
Fine; she’s a busy lady and getting her to sit still long enough to complete a thought is a marvel. She hasn’t acknowledged any awards yet, so I’m going to do it for her. John W. Howell at Fiction Favorites has nominated us for the Always Here if you Need Me Award. In addition, Olivia Stocum and Briana Vested have nominated us for the Liebster Award. There are others, but A was lax in recording what they were, the horrible wench. There will be a full post presently, in which everyone will be lauded in full. In the meantime, however, thank you most kindly for reading, nominating and sharing the … what is this called (blogosphere) ah, yes, the blogosphere love.
. . . And Introducing: A invites Audience Participation
D: Really A?
A: Do I bug you during your Tale-telling?
A: . . . Fine. Regardless, I would like to engage people a little and get some feedback. I have been blessed with some very astute, knowledgeable and charming readers and I’d like to know what you think of serializing a novel.
If Part 3 defies my expectations (and everything about my return to the writing world has defied them), I’m looking at a nearly 100,000 word young adult novel. It needs some paring (try a butcher knife – can it, D), but ever since I wrapped up Part 1, I’ve been thinking about serializing the first book. Each part comes in at a fairly respectable 25K words, and are complete stories in of themselves. It was initially written this way – to be published as independent novellas that could form a nice little collection. I abandoned that idea when I realized that it had a second and then third story (you’re welcome).
So, those who know, what do you think of a sterilized novel in today’s market, and today’s technology?