When I finished Chapter 13 last night, I didn’t think I’d get through Chapter 14 so quickly. Chapters usually take several days for me to finish, especially when I’m busy or distracted. And I’m usually both. But this morning when I sat down to get some work done, somehow I was able to get fifteen-hundred words written before lunch. And I finished up the rest during the afternoon. Not sure what was different, but I suspect it was because I meditated before starting work (some days I’m so busy I don’t get a chance to do morning meditations. Guess it really does make a difference).

So now I’m two-thirds of the way through Rose, the novel I’m writing for my senior thesis. The story revolves around a young woman who dies but is resurrected in a strange, new body by a man who claims to be her lover. Not all is right though, and things only get stranger and more horrible as time goes on. It’s quite creepy so far. At least I hope it is. I’ll leave it up to the critics to decide if it is. Anyway, I’ve finished Chapter 14 today, so now I only have 7 chapters left of the first draft. Which makes me pretty excited, always great to know that you’ve got the end of a big project coming up soon.

And now for the page and word counts. In terms of pages (8.5″ x 11″, double-spaced, twelve-point font Times New Roman), Rose is currently at 116 pages, an average of 8.3 per chapter. Word count is currently  36,032, with an average of 2573.7 per chapter. At this rate, it’ll probably end up being more of a novella than a novel (I define a novella as 20,000-60,000 words, and a novel as anything upwards of sixty-thousand). I can’t guess at how long it’ll be at the end of the first draft, but I’m thinking that at this rate it’ll be somewhere between forty-two and forty-eight thousand. Not bad at all, I like to think.

Anyway, I think I’ll take a break from working on Rose, at least until around the time the semester starts. I have some time until then, so I’ll keep applying to jobs like mad and work on editing and rewriting some short stories I’ve had on the back-burner for a while. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish. Hopefully it involves a few short stories that are worthy of publication and perhaps a job offer.

Also, the sale on all my books will be over at midnight, January 1st. After that, the prices are going up. So check out The Quiet Game, Reborn City, and Snake while you still have the chance. And if you end up reading them, please let me know what you think. I love feedback, positive or negative, so let me know in a comment or a review.

  1. Keep up the good work! Everyone needs a little break from writing sometimes though, so good for you to take a step back and do other things as well 🙂

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