Okay, months late! But I’m relieved to announce that I finally finished the first draft of The Bloodgate Warrior today! Just under 39K.
I knew I was getting close. I didn’t expect more than a couple of thousand words to get there, but I kept getting hung up. Weeks ago, these scenes rolled through my mind like a movie. Now, unfortunately, they were a slow choppy crawl clouded in dust. I should have written the climax weeks ago when I knew exactly how I wanted it to go. Instead, I had to suffer sentence by sentence, feeling my way through the fog.
My big hold up: according to my spreadsheet, the final climax occurred in the cenote at Chick’en Itza. Yes, IN the cenote. But when it came time for that final battle to play out, I couldn’t figure out how Tecun ended up in the cenote. Why would he willingly jump in there, if Cassie wasn’t down there? (And she wasn’t)
I did a little catch up for the Evil Day Job today while working on laundry, and then as a reward, I switched to Tecun. I was determined to finish. Finally, I got him into the cenote…and then the rest came tumbling after. *whew*
It needs so much work I’m almost reluctant to even call it “finished.” The last 10K is really choppy. It just took me too darned long to finish, so I couldn’t remember little plot points that had been so clear in my head before. I’m sad to say I was even struggling to remember secondary character names. Groans. I’ve still got to figure out a few things too, and I need to do a little research too. But the biggest hurdle is DONE.
Done, done, done. Happy, happy, happy.
Now to rest up my hands…
So I can begin the first draft of Phantom while I let Tecun ripen a little before revisions.
P.S. I have a GORGEOUS cover to share with you soon for Golden. Also we’re very close to finishing up the cover for Return and it’s going to be awesome too!