Century Celebration x Thousand

Posted: July 31st, 2015 under Uncategorized.

A fancy way of saying that the manuscript just made 100,000+ words a few minutes ago, and thus made it to that mark by midnight of July 31.  Almost didn’t, but did.

In August, I need to throw at least another 20,000 words into the cauldron, stir vigorously, and start pulling out the things that don’t belong, adding the things that go in last or (confession time) were just forgotten,  and so on.  And so on.   Serious driving for daily words will continue until the 120,000 point–after that it’s revision, revision, revision,  which often means the word count goes up and down like a yo-yo.

What can I tell you?   I like how the story’s shaping.   It needs a lot of revision, but the skeleton’s basically sound (barring some places where the arm bone isn’t connected to the backbone, and the foot bones are three feet away from the ankle bone and so on.)   I think it will be  a good Vatta story.  The main characters have come back to life and feel real though one or two still have a big of haze at the edges.  (Not Ky.  Not Rafe.  Not Stella.)


  • Comment by Larryp — August 1, 2015 @ 6:59 am


    Grats and pre grats and grats again or in non gamer speak congratulations. To work and beyond, again.

  • Comment by Mike D — August 1, 2015 @ 10:04 am


    Congas all round ?

    BTW I notice that all individual volumes of The Deed of Paksenarrion are now available at Amazon, Kobo, Apple for NA residents for $6.99 as well as the omnibus for $8.99

    Sheepfarmer’s Daughter
    Divided Allegiance
    Oath Of Gold

    And direct from the Baen ebook store as well.

    Since the books are old enough to vote, giving them a wider range is good ?

    Little Egret in Walton-on-Thames

  • Comment by Richard Simpkin — August 3, 2015 @ 5:04 am


    Slow on the uptake (me): a recent news story has reminded me of a large, wealthy and respectable Middle Eastern family – respectable except for one extremely notorious off-shoot. Only now have I realised that the villainous Vatta’s given name, “Osman”, was almost an anagram of that real-life person’s.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 3, 2015 @ 8:49 am


    Larryp: Thanks!

    Mike D: Baen is the licensed NA publisher for the original Paks books so they choose the formats in which the book is released. I think they tweak that from time to time, for marketing reasons.

    Richard Simpkin: I’m actually glad you were “slow on the uptake” since my reason for using Osman was not to make people think of that other person. Osman is an old and respectable name (except for the skeletons in closets that infest every name, no matter what.) One Osman founded the Ottoman Empire. (That, of course, made the name popular for hundreds of years all by itself, and ensured that it was shared by rich, poor, respectable, and not so.)

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