Anyone Running a Pool?

Posted: January 18th, 2012 under Good News, the writing life.
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What I think (and devoutly hope) is the last pre-submission scene to be ripped up and rewritten was finished this morning by 10 am local time.    I was writing like crazy until 2:45 am when I pretty much froze up, joints and brain together, and started again this morning at 7:30am.  You are reading the typing of a very tired writer.

In other words–though at least another run-through to check for consistency problems introduced by the new scene must be done–Book IV has jelled.  Most of it has had three run-throughs at least.   I should be ready to ship it off tomorrow or the next day…barring finding another “I can’t believe it’s not right” scene.   Present wordage (fine-tuning and Editor changes will affect this, hopefully not too much) is a little over 167,000 words.

I am SO tempted to try to use Churchill’s wonderful title The Gathering Storm, but I’m reasonably sure Editors will nix that one.  But maybe not.  A better title may lurk in someone’s brain.    The Rising Storm?     But first–those last chapters to be scoured for anything left over.


  • Comment by Peter — January 18, 2012 @ 12:27 pm


    The Gathering Storm was used by Robert Jordan. It may be a little too close in genre and so not work well for the Editor. I wish I could help with a suggestion, but it is hard when I’m two volumes behind.

  • Comment by Dave Ring — January 18, 2012 @ 12:41 pm


    Gathering Clouds? Rising Torrents?

  • Comment by Kerry aka Trouble — January 18, 2012 @ 1:15 pm


    Storm (or Storms) could be the first word of your ‘noun of noun’ title. Storm of Swords has been used, but maybe something like Storms of Change. $0.02 – and you can keep the change.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 18, 2012 @ 1:28 pm


    Oops. Would not do to overlap Jordan for another decade or two. Told you I was tired.

  • Comment by Annabel (Mrs Redboots) — January 18, 2012 @ 2:38 pm


    Congratulations on being so nearly ready to ship. Could the the title be Clouds of Something, or wouldn’t that work? I know you what Something of Something to fit in with the other three, but…. Clouds of Darkness, perhaps?

  • Comment by RuthB — January 18, 2012 @ 5:06 pm


    You should run a contest for book names. My submission would be “Storm Arising”, “Storms of Destruction” and even though it is the name of a song I like, “Riders of the Storm.”

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — January 18, 2012 @ 5:14 pm


    Rustling (as in grass) of the Storm?

  • Comment by Adam Baker — January 18, 2012 @ 8:10 pm


    Congrats on the completion!

    I’ll keep my thinking cap on to see if I can think of any title possibilities.

  • Comment by iphinome — January 18, 2012 @ 8:57 pm


    Gathering of Conflict?

    Storms of Strife?

    They’re both good words on their own and S words have the bonus of making for alliterative fun in a way G words just don’t.

  • Comment by Kevin Steverson — January 18, 2012 @ 9:27 pm


    A Storm Gathers……..wait…I have it…

    “A Storm Resonates”..or ..”Storms Resonate”..or if you want to keep “of” in the title..

    “A Resonation of Storms”

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 18, 2012 @ 10:44 pm


    Forget the titles and start another pool. Husband Richard found a very large, as in “how the heck did I miss this one?” continuity hole.

    Back to major fixes.

  • Comment by iphinome — January 18, 2012 @ 10:55 pm


    A wizard did it.

  • Comment by John Hicks — January 19, 2012 @ 12:35 am


    Why not reverse the words: ‘Storm Rising’, or ‘Storm Gathering/Approaching’. Anyway congratulations on reaching the final steps to publishing.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 19, 2012 @ 12:36 am


    Alas, I think it was a frazzled writer with a less-than-cooperative printer (leading to doing the bulk of revision in the computer) who did it. The ability to page back and forth–hold two pieces of paper side by side–is a big help to my brain when I’m hunting down obscure duplications and continuity errors. Fixed now. At least that one. But it’s going to take another day or two to be sure there’s not another big one.

  • Comment by Kathy_S — January 19, 2012 @ 3:42 am


    ‘Storm Rising’ was used by Mercedes Lackey in ’96, in her ‘Storm Warning’/’Storm Rising’/’Storm Breaking’ trilogy.

    I’m sure I’ll buy it, whatever the title, but something that is both descriptive and gives clean searches is always nice.

  • Comment by Chris — January 19, 2012 @ 9:24 am


    Doesn’t it have to be “(The) Something of (the) Something” for this series?

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 19, 2012 @ 9:50 am


    Chris: No, it doesn’t have to be. It just makes the series titles hang together in a neat way. The title will be something that I, my agent, Editor, and Marketing all think will work (and UK Editor and UK Marketing will have input on that, as she did last year.) I doubt it will end up as “Blast from the Past” or “The Great Confusion” but you never know.

    Kathy_S: “Clean searches” are harder and harder to come by, when you factor in the other things a title must include to work as a title, the number of books published each year, and the ability of internet searches to return titles from way back.

  • Comment by patrick — January 19, 2012 @ 5:06 pm


    If there is a hint of the Webspinner, you might try “Web of Turmoil”. Probably does not fit this book but maybe will trigger a better idea.

  • Comment by iphinome — January 19, 2012 @ 11:13 pm


    @patrick if any of the webmistress’ servants are bakers it could be Web of Pies.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 19, 2012 @ 11:42 pm


    To the finding of typos there is no end.

    Just sayin’.

  • Comment by Naomi — January 20, 2012 @ 4:01 am


    Am in the process of sorting out own ‘opus’, busy reading it into a dictaphone and will play it back after a day or two as I read it on screen, helps me catch the worst errors, I find! overuse of ‘that’ and identifying names where not necessary in dialogue the main errors for me, silly really. All the best, N

  • Comment by Dave Ring — January 20, 2012 @ 1:39 pm


    Errors of the Past? Secrets Long Denied? Assuming book 4 contains some significant back story revelations.

  • Comment by Eowyn — January 20, 2012 @ 3:18 pm


    Hopefully your edits will go cleanly, I’m throwing a couple of ideas out there to maybe prime the pump a bit.

    Honor in the Storm
    Rumbles of the Past
    Northern Vortex
    Thunderous Campaign
    Ominous Issues

  • Comment by Richard — January 20, 2012 @ 5:46 pm


    @iphinome (#19): if a Verrakai ancient has invaded a baker then Lord of the Pies.

  • Comment by iphinome — January 20, 2012 @ 10:39 pm


    @Richard and after they’re defeated and you lay them down to pie, going up to the spirit in the pie.

    Okay I admit it. I’ve got nothing. Richard wins the pie fight.

  • Comment by Patrick Doris — January 22, 2012 @ 12:31 pm


    I am late to this post by I think Storms of/from the North has some continuity

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