It’s not a check-in day, but I just had to report that last night I finally finished Act 1 of Red. I’ve been stuck on this chapter for about two months between all the crazy, so I am muoy relieved. I moved on from there to start sketching out the scene I need to write today, and then realized that there was another scene that I needed to plug in after THAT scene. Looking forward in my outline, I can see that there will be a lot of those because everything I have in the outline is the big, broad stroke action. But there will be smaller scenes, reactions and such that must be inserted. I’m not clear on a lot of them until I am nearly there.
It is a continual surprise to me what a total 180 I’ve done. I used to be a consummate pantser. Oh noes! I couldn’t possibly plan out everything that happens! That limits the joy of discovery. I’m sure Pot did a fair amount of eye rolling. She’s doing a lot of self-satisfied smirking since I’ve made my conversion because I’ve learned that plotting–at least in the sense of making sure there’s a solid story structure–a la Larry Brooks’ and his Story Engineering (which I shall be reviewing at some point)–is not limiting. There are still discoveries to be made, twists and small details you didn’t expect.
In other news, I’m about halfway through The Precious (aka City of Fallen Angels), which is, of course, awesome. I hopped over to Goodreads to add it, did a mini-squee when I saw that there are two MORE books in the series after this one. And then I saw Because It Is Bitter (The Mortal Instruments #2.5). !!!!!!!!! WHAT? Did I MISS a middle of the series novella? How can this be? But no. No it isn’t a novella. It’s a 4 page scene from City of Ashes written from Jace’s POV instead of Clary’s (which is what’s actually in the book). There’s a link to it on Cassie’s website.
While the fangirl in me goes SQUEE at anything extra for this series because I’m totally in love with these characters and this world, I’m still a little Huh? about the fact that it’s listed on Goodreads with nomenclature that makes it look like a novella. Probably one of the fans listed it, as the verbiage is the same as what’s on the website. But man, you KNOW you’ve made it as an author when you can have something that short listed on Goodreads and not get crucified for it.
I have to wonder, if you get big enough, do people stop caring about the length of your stuff because they just want MOAR or do they finally pay attention to all the notations you have “this is a novella”, “this is a short story” so that they recognize what they’re getting and don’t penalize you because you didn’t write something longer? Yeah, little bit bitter about some of the comments I’ve gotten about things that I clearly labeled and was penalized for in ratings. It’s a mixed bag. Most of those folks criticize the length, rate lower because of it, and then still say they liked it enough to check out the other stuff or keep an eye out for new, so I guess I’ve done something right. Sometimes publishing is weird.