Well, 81%, really, if my word count estimation is correct. Which it might not be, since this story is turning out to be a lot bigger than I had originally imagined. It’s hard enough to weave a gripping romance, but when you do it against the backdrop of a very complex fantasy world with its own intricate religion that plays a major part in our heroines’ quest to be together, there’s just so much that needs to go on in order to keep the world accessible and real and free of logic-holes. Add to that an epic villain (because of course there has to be an epic villain) and some very frustrating hopping all over the kingdom in order to get people where they need to be for the key plot points to take place (fight! run! rest! fight more! run more! EPIC MOMENT OF GLORY! Another fight! More running!! MORE EPICNESS!!) it gets exhausting, as the writer, to keep up.
You also have to ask yourself questions like… how will so and so manage to travel from this point to this point before this other so-and-so catches up to them? What if all the starting moments have to occur on the same night, but then in order for the ending to work there has to be some drag time during which no one would, logically, be sitting around dragging? What to do, writer, what to do?!!
Don’t worry, friends, I *will* figure it out. :P And I drew a lot of inspiration from the conference this weekend. Though I was ashamed–utterly ashamed–to realize that in one month we are coming up on NaNoWriMo. And remember how last year I was oh-so-optimistic that I’d have this story finished during 2010’s NaNo? Yeah… Guess that didn’t work out so well. *hangs head in shame* I suppose it’s too much to hope that I’ll have it done before this year’s event?
Besides, the third Ithyria book is already insistently head-butting my imagination, wanting attention. Not to mention a couple of other novel ideas that have been simmering for a while… So come on, little priestess story, let’s get you written!!