It was a good week. I finished rewriting part two of The Dragon Hunters. That means I'm on to part three, (of three, though I'm thinking of splitting the second half into two parts. Not that it matters, it's just a way of showing when a major part of the story is done.)
I'm done with about 55% of the novel, or about 60,000 words. Getting part two done was big. I'm really happy how this book is turning out. The rewrite plan is really working out so well.
The adventure is so fun and scary. I love the new characters also. So much is happening in this book. The plot is really thickening and the big world is opened to the characters. They have no chance of turning back now, and it become obvious that what happened in book one has major repercussions in the wider world. I think it's cool how little things can really change the world.
Now I've got to work one more shift at the hospital, then I'm off for 21 days--though I'm going to World Con and Gen Con during that time period. I'm hoping that's enough time to finish the rewrite, or I should say, the first draft of the rewrite. Some of the chapters are totally new, so they'll need work.
The book will soon go to my alpha readers and I'll get them to critique the work. Then it'll get a lot better.
In other news, the cover artist, Ciruelo Cabral told me last night that he was touching up the cover painting and then would send along a high quality image to me and the publisher. I can't wait.
Also, I saw a review last night of an anthology I have a story in. The reviewer had an advanced copy and she mentioned my story, Greg and Eli, which she liked. Check out the review and keep writing your stories!
Paul Genesse, Author of The Golden Cord
Book One of the Iron Dragon Series
John Marco & Martin H. Greenberg (editors)
Daw, Sep 2008, $7.99
The theme of this fine anthology is just what the title advertises, IMAGINARY FRIENDS, but with a fantasy or Twilight Zone twist that widens the scope of the collection. The compilation of all new tales is superb as each entry is well written with some being excellent. Personal favorites include “A Good Day for Dragons” by Rick Hautala that kept me thinking of Pete’s Dragon, “Best Friends Forever” by Tim Waggoner stars Biff the stuffed animal, “Images of Death” by Jim C. Hines as the title character is a best friend who reminds the little girl of a Muppet, and the moving tale of sibling love “Greg and Eli” by Paul Genesse. The remaining tales are all fun reminding readers of their own IMAGINARY FRIENDS.
Cool review, eh? I really put a lot into that story. Well, I best get some sleep.
Have a great week.