Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: Chapterhouse Dune by Frank Herbert

I've posted my Review of Frank Herbert's Chapterhouse: Dune on Goodreads if you feel the great urge to read it.  This is the next installment of my Dune Retrospective which is nearing it's end.  Just two more books to go.

Though considerably better than the previous two books, this one is still no gem.  It will probably only interest the hardest of hardcore Dune fans.


After 6 months of hard work, I've finally finished I Am Nobody.  You can find it on my I Am Nobody Homepage.  I've got it split into chapters or all in one file.  I also have all of the previous drafts up for download if you feel the great urge to see what changed from draft to draft.

I was done with this Sunday... but then I had to spell check it, and let me tell you, spell checking 94,754 words that have never seen a spell checker before is about as mind-numbing and time-consuming a thing as there is in this world.  I have seen into hell, my friends, and it is a horrible, terrible, place full of torture and tedium the likes of which you have never experienced.  Hence the reason it took me three days to finish it.  Mostly it was me telling Microsoft Word that I know grammar better than it does, but it did catch a few oopsies that I missed, and then there was all the words that I made up that had to be added to the dictionary, etc etc etc.

The First Draft was 84,972 words long
The Second Draft was 103,423 words long
The Third Draft was 104,332 words long
The Fourth Draft was 94,486 words long
The Final Draft is 94,754 words long

Biggest changes in this draft are that I removed the half-assed love story sub plot, because it was terribly done and out of place.  The story doesn't need it and is far better off without it.  Removing it also sets up better for the next book of this storyline if ever I get around to writing it.  I'd like to, it was fun, but for the time being, I've got two half completed books I'm working on, and if I can't sell a first book to a series there's no point in writing a second.

Now I need to find a few people to read it and be brutally honest about it ~_^

It's good to be done, now back to finishing up Starfire ^^V

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Aaaaaaand done.

Welp, I've finally finished up my fourth draft of I Am Nobody.  This one was a hard one to get through, I got pretty burnt out in the middle, but I finally made it to the end.  As stated before this is the final major revision that needed to be done on this book.  I've got one last draft to do that will have some minor tweaks to it, but nothing really overt.  This draft was about removing repetative dialog, repeated descriptions, and streamlining the text.  Think of it as cutting away the dead weight in the story.  Nothing really changed, and nothing was really cut out, I just found ways to say the same things in fewer words, and removed any superfluous text that didn't serve much purpose to the story overall.  I'm pretty happy with the changes made in this draft, and I was able to drop just under 10,000 words from it by snipping a bit here, cutting a bit there, and rewording a bit over there.  This is pretty much perfect, as my goal was to finish somewhere between 90,000 words and 95,000 words

I've got all the chapters of the 4th draft posted individually on my I Am Nobody Homepage.  I also have the complete fourth draft available in one file at the very bottom along with complete versions of all previous drafts of the book if you feel the great urge to compare them.

First Draft Word Count - 86,696
Second Draft Word Count - 103,423
Third Draft Word Count - 104,332
Fourth Draft Word Count - 94,486

I'll get to work on the final draft next week sometime, after I've had a bit of a break.  I should probably be done with it by a week from Sunday at the latest.

I Am Nobody Chapter 32 Draft 4

And then...

-165 words

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I Am Nobody Chapter 31 Draft 4

I've finished up chapter 31 of the fourth draft of I Am Nobody, and it can be found at the bottom of this page.

-300 words

I Am Nobody Chapter 30 Draft 4

Done with the fourth draft of I Am Nobody Chapter 30 and you can find it at the bottom of this page.

-140 words

And I've now dropped below 95,000 words, which was my goal.

Friday, April 5, 2013

I Am Nobody Chapter 26 Draft 4

I've finished up chapter 26 of the fourth draft of I Am Nobody and you can find it at the bottom of this page.

-150 words

Something about this chapter to note.  I had someone, I forget who, who read one of my earlier drafts of this book ask the question of why I went into so much detail describing Mia's morning routine.  Well, as I learned in Screenwriting 101 back in my college days, there's a thing that moviemakers often do when they really want to make something feel unsettling to the audience.  You show someone's daily routine several times, and make sure it's good and set in the viewer's mind, so when that routine is interrupted by something dark and unexpected, it makes a deeper and more serious impact.   Not only do you have something crazy going on, it's also disrupting something that you, the audience, were expecting to happen like clockwork as it always did, and this break in normal routine puts you on edge.  It's a bit of a cheap trick to ratchet up suspense, I will admit, but it works.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I Am Nobody Chapter 25 Draft 4

I've finished chapter 25 of the latest draft of I Am Nobody, and you can find it at the bottom of this page.

-296 words

I Am Nobody Chapter 24 Draft 4

And then...

-381 words

I Am Nobody Chapter 23 Draft 4

I got a new video game that devoured the last week of my life, hence the reason I haven't done any work on I Am Nobody for the last week or so.  I finished it, so now it's back to work BWAAHAAHAA.  I've finished chapter 23 of the fourth draft and you can find it a the bottom of this page.

-213 words