I just finished printing out the manuscript for book one of the Kissiltur trilogy.
This is very rough, still. Quite apart from the flurry of errors in my November wordings, there are a number of duplicate scenes in different versions, redundant plot elements, and a good deal of fixes required to timing and specific plot details. The narrative arcs are set at last, though – I am very pleased with how the plot injection went in November, so I am looking forward to picking this up again in mid-January when the six week clock has ticked down.
The manuscript is about 160,000 words long, and printed out to 708 pages (double-sided). Just for comparison, here it is posing with some friends –
To give you some scale here, that cube is a piece of marble from the Carrera marble mines in Italy and is a shade more than 4cm on a side. As another point of comparison, the book is Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver which is roughly twice as long as the manuscript for Bluehammer. When I am done editing I expect Bluehammer to come in around 120k.
That print out is now resting in a drawer until I am ready to read it on 17-Jan-2013. It will only be extracted briefly to replace the binder rings with machine posts (which I can now buy, since I know how thick the manuscript is now).
But for now rest, little manuscript. Dream epic dreams.