So it’s been a while. I’m not even going to check to see how long, exactly, so let’s just leave it at ‘a while’.
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that I’m writing again on a regular basis. For the last couple of months, I’ve been writing a bit every day, and I’m happy to say it has become habit. Hooray! Better late than never.
The bad news is, I’ve decided to give up on editing, and rewrite the book from the start. There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, the voice was just bad. Dialog? Not horrible. Action scenes? Okay. Everything else? Awful. My first person voice tends to be okay (see Tarvin’s story. I still think that’s the best voice I’ve done), but when it comes to third person, I have trouble. And this book has too much going on in too many places to be first person. I think I’ve got a better voice going now, but all the old stuff needs to be tossed.
Second, I’ve changed the story around a bit, which required a few new scenes to be written anyway, and a number of changes in already existing scenes. So a lot of stuff would need to be rewritten anyway.
And third, the whole pacing of the book needed fixing. As a direct result of not being happy with any scenes that weren’t dialog or action, I tended to avoid the slower scenes, which gave the book a breakneck pace. I covered, in 100,000 words, three times as much story as I have planned out for a single book now. So this time through, I’m taking the time to add a little more detail and character development.
The book will be better for it! Promise!
By the way, due to minor plot changes, Isem’s story is no longer accurate. I should really take it down. Loral’s story is (probably|maybe|possibly) being rewritten from a third person point of view, and will likely have some minor changes made to it as well. Normally, I would just introduce her when Isem runs into her, but that happens too late in the story to introduce a main character, so I’ll probably just fit a few “Loral” chapters in amongst the Isem ones so she gets a bit of an introduction early on.
Speaking of when the two of them meet, that’s just about where I am in the story right now. Chapter 8, though that’s without the Loral chapters. Probably closer to Chapter 15 if the Loral chapters get in there.
Anyway, that sorta brings me to my final reason for posting, and that is: I’m looking for a beta reader or two. It would involve reading first drafts in Google Docs and making comments on anything that needs improving. Rewards include being able to read the book before anyone else, and my permission to digitally yell at me and tell me all the things I did wrong.
That last point alone should secure all the volunteers I need.
If you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I reserve the right to disable that email address should the sudden influx of spam become too great to handle.
One last point – the website has been moved to stories.kaellar.com for reasons that are probably unnecessary, but include: future-proofing against stories that don’t take place on Osterin – I have another two or three worlds lined up that I plan to put stories on here for. Also, I like the name better.
Everything should still be working on the old site. The two names actually just point to the same place anyway, and you likely won’t notice a difference when you’re silently directed to the new site. But just in case you notice a different address in your address bar…
I think that’s everything for now. Hopefully the next update won’t be quite so far off.