Back To Work On Horngard I

Posted: November 30th, 2022 under Characters, Editing, Horngard, Life beyond writing, Revisions, the writing life.
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Having turned in the stuff I needed to turn in  for legal reasons, I’m now back at work on my agent’s requested changes to Horngard I, current (not necessarily final) title of Dragon’s Price.   I’m incorporating additional research into the effects of big memory loss…the character has lost everything before waking up after prolonged treatment and unconsciousness.  Fortunately, I’ve added Tribel as a possible replacement for Twitter, and one of the people there offered me some of their experience with someone with massive memory loss.    This wasn’t something my agent suggested, but works well with one of his requests.  I’m going to check a few more sources as well, because although this is not intended as a book *about* memory loss itself it still needs to be plausible (if the reader accepts the idea of an imaginary creature able to magically heal–at least partly–brain injuries.)   It’s *about* a bunch of other things in addition to what the main characters are doing visibly in the book.  Most books are.

This set of changes will take longer than the previous, because it’s requiring reconsideration of just about every conversation in 800 plus pages of ms.

Meanwhile, Horngard II has lain down and gone to sleep.  I opened it yesterday after taking the stuff to the post office and it yawned, rolled over (never opening its eyes) and gave the impression of someone who’d gotten bored waiting and is now soundly asleep.   So what to do when the brain hits the wall in revision, as it does at some point in every work period?  Organize the next collection of Paksworld short fiction, I guess, since when I do wake Horngard II back up, I need to be prepared to stay with it as the primary activity for at least six weeks to get its engine past the pocketa-pocketa……pock…pock… stage when it can try to go back to sleep.  It’s only interrupted books that do this to me; the ones that are allowed to gallop on without any interruption longer than 48 hours aren’t going to stop completely once over 75-1oo pages.  But until they’re past the halfway point, interruptions that last a week cause a hiccup and interruptions that last a month are flameout time.

Friday morning is “horse hoof trimming time.”  I’m hoping for a calm and cooperative pair of horses.  At least it’s not raining (not supposed to rain again until Saturday night) and they’ll have big hay nets the night before.  They have hay nets tonight because it’s going to be in the low 30s in the morning…a forecast guess of 33F in the weather we’ve got could end up in the upper 20sF instead.




  • Comment by William — December 1, 2022 @ 10:17 am


    Good luck with the review and revisions, and with the new introductory material, and also with the horses and the weather! Corralling short Paksworld pieces seems like an excellent way to keep a hand in while Horngard I wends its way through the less-than-exciting processes. That would also keep your mind in the Paks context, whereas poking into Vatta short pieces might not. Of course, I have no idea if another Vatta book would try to take center stage while Horngard II naps…

    I got in a too-short trail ride with my LA cousin after Thanksgiving, and some visiting with friends and family, and now am watching the weather. I’m hoping for a window tomorrow afternoon at the pass on I-5 back into Oregon. I saw a report on current conditions that said tire chains were mandatory, with 2 inches of packed snow on the road, and 8 on the shoulders. Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

  • Comment by Annabel — December 1, 2022 @ 11:26 am


    You are colder in Texas than we are here in London – this very seldom happens; many of my Texas friends are happily pottering about in shorts and t-shirts when we are wrapped in winter coats, hats and scarves. Mind you, Texas is a huge state, the weather in various areas is probably as different as it can be here….

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — December 2, 2022 @ 2:33 pm


    I am not expecting to get an answer from the (all?) Wise Dragon since he is so wise. But I got to thinking overnight whether he’s reconsidered current(?) situation with eggs scattered around with various gnomes, dwarves, others(?), given what’s happened to them both in Legacy and the short story. Wondering if Paks has talked wisdom into him. Or even if he’s thinking about wisdom in those terms given the differences in thought between himself and the other races.

    It’s where my mind wandered this morning. Wondering about alien(?) thought processes as I’m working on my own RPG setting.

  • Comment by elizabeth — December 16, 2022 @ 4:59 pm


    Hope you made it safely over the pass!!!

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