70000 / 80000 words. 88% done!


On the 16th of February 2015, I reached 70000 words! I am so happy! My first draft of the Pendant is soooooo close to being done, I can't stop thinking about it. I am trying really hard to just plow through and WRITE, but I keep on wanting to go back to the beginning and start my second draft because the writing at the beginning is so amazingly bad and I want to change it. Its really interesting to see how my style for this book has changed, and my writing improved, in just one year. I was also glancing back at my recent writing, being this month, and I noticed how the mood changes depending on what music I listen to. I have some really poignant and dramatic stuff where I listened to Les Mis, and some really slap happy stuff where I was listening to Weird Al. There is dangerous and exciting stuff from Jurassic Park, really strange stuff from Avatar, and epic and amazing stuff from LOTR. SO I settled on LOTR, because it gives me the best mix, sad, happy, dramatic, epic, fun, slow, fast, beautiful, etc. There is also some really really really strange stuff there from when I decided to listen to Grieg while writing.....Never Ever do that...Grieg is wonderful, but not while writing. 
I was actually really amazed by how much I am affected by what I am listening to at the time. For instance, when I was listening in LOTR to the really sad music they play after the Fellowship gets out of Moria WITHOUT Gandalf, I found myself wanting to kill a character, and write a moving death scene. That music makes you feel the need to watch someone die or feel the death of someone. 
I don't know how many different drafts I will do for Pendant, hopefully not more than three. But when I write the very end of the very last draft, I am going to listen to Into the West, and I will probably just die. For those of you who are not insane like me, and don't have the entire soundtrack memorized, Into the West is the song played over the credits of Return of the King. The end of the end. Always makes me sad. Really all of the music from Return of the King makes me sad. 
But I have the Pendant plotted to the end, and it is such a wonderful feeling to know how it is going to end. 


Akani's name has been changed to Anaki, because Akani sounds too much like Ukani. Her story is too complicated to explain quickly, suffice to say that she fell in love with a good guy who turned bad. And after I plotted her out and changed her name, I realized what happened if you added an "n" at the end.....but I will leave it as is because I like it. So, say hello to Anaki. 
She is amazing. 

My current favorite characters are

The sort-of-general guy whose name is still wavering between Kemosiri (Black Panther) and Khenti (Leader). I like Kemosiri more, but Khenti's meaning is better for the character. Anyway, I call him K right now. He is fabulous. 

And the main villain who is yet un-named, but who is absolutely amazing and wonderful beyond belief. 

Oh yes, I almost forgot. 


My happy little writing records, I am very proud of these. And yes, I gave myself five dope slaps for the days I didn't write, and one smaller slap for the day I only wrote 406 words. But still, my goal was a thousand words a day, so it the end, I am two thousand words ahead of schedule, because I have only been going fifteen days, and I have written over 17000 words in that time. Its a little confusing, because I started on the 2nd, instead of the 1st. I don't know why, but I did. 


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The Good News, is that I am back to working on the Pendant. A dear friend of mine inspired me to commit to writing a thousand words a day....so far I have been good, considering I have only had two day to honor my commitment. I haven't done my thousand yet today, but I got two thousand in yesterday, so I feel no pressure. Now that Nefru is dead, I am actually enjoying writing the story. Writing about Nefru always made me mad, because I really don't like him. But now I get to write about Reniseb, who is also annoying, and Sefkh, who is quite possibly, the most wonderful person who ever existed. Except that he doesn't exists. I adore Aragorn and Ukani in a sort of reverent, I am your servant way, but Sefkh is like my absolute best friend, ever. And nothing weird either, just the most wonderful person. Additional good news, I have plotted Pendant out all the way to the end, and separated it into sections I think I can write in a thousand words.

The Bad News, is that even with crunching the story down, I still have 25 thousand words left to write....which is insane. But if I can be disciplined about writing, I hope to have my first draft, complete with my spelling and grammar perfected, completely done. Then I get to move into second draft...which I am soooooo not excited about. My only thought is: I have to go through this entire book...AGAIN?
Probably I will be much more excited when the time actually comes. We shall see.
So now we get to the insane update. With my story line crunched, and my thousands planned, the book should taper off at about eighty thousand words. Which is a really frightening prospect. Right in the middle of a perfectly normal activity 80000 just appears in my head without warning, and I almost scream. Happiness and Fear mixed in one. Ouch. 


So basically, good news. Probably the three things I am most happy about in the book right now, are the following. 
I am getting to write much more about Sefkh and delve into the depths of his soul, making him much more wonderful.
Reniseb is growing up, and has, for the most part, stopped behaving like the spoiled brat that she is.
Nefru is dead! I am so happy about that. Really I am. I never particularly liked him, and he was annoying to write about because he is so.....self centered and obnoxious. He really seemed to believe that the world was about him. When a friend heard that Nefru was going to die, she was very sad (I don't know why) and asked me to let him die defending Reniseb. I told her that he probably would. But when I got around to actually writing the scene, I realized that it didn't really fit in with his character, nor his actions in the past, so he died in just the sort of stupid, Nefru-ish way that he would. Held between two enemy soldiers, and having the leader of the band cut his throat. Obviously, he would be captured for information, and no one had orders to kill him. But once they realized that he was going to be uptight and stubborn, and not tell anything even to save the life of his love and his brother and his friends, they killed him.  And it was such a relief to me to be rid of him. Annoying, annoying man that he was. Though, after I had coldly ended his silly life, I wrote another, semi-touching scene that went earlier in the story. You see, Nefru really was in love with Reniseb, but it was a kind of selfish love. And when he found out about her and Ukani, and had a chat with Ukani, and told him that he was willing to leave and let them live their lives alone. Obviously, Ukani wasn't going to be estranged from his brother if he could help it, so he said that that would not be necessary. The end of said semi-touching scene, is Nefru saying, Love her well for me, brother. The reason I know this is because Reniseb was listening, when she should have been asleep. I almost felt guilty for killing him, but I don't like soppy love-triangles, so I didn't care that much. Of course, the real end of the scene is Ukani kissing Reniseb's forehead and telling her to go asleep. Meaning he knew all along that she was faking it. I like that ending....even though it kind of makes you made at Ukani. 
But there you have it. 
I would like to apologize to anyone who actually liked Nefru, though I cannot fathom why. Sorry! I don't really feel sorry, but if it makes you feel better, then I am glad. 


55721 / 80000 words. 70% done!

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