Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Update: Paperback and Book 2 News


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Update: Undermountain in Paperback and More

We've been working hard on the trade paperback version of Undermountain. I was hoping it would be for sale this week, but we hit a snafu with the cover art and some errors introduced to during typesetting. All this is going to delay the project by at least two more weeks. No one is more frustrated by this than me, but there's nothing I can do about it.

The good news is that I just updated the progress bar for Undermountain II (that's just a working title, BTW) to 67%. This is based on an expected word count of 90,000 words. Keep in mind that UM 1 was just over 100k words, so I might get to 100% before I'm done. This is why I'm a writer and not in a career that requires lots of math!

I'm also planning an overhaul of this website. Right now it's just a generic blogger template. I've got some artwork coming that should help zjeuzj the site up. Don't know when that's going to happen, but hopefully sometimes this spring.

In other news, my home has been puppied!

Meet Lucky, a uniquely colored Brittany!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thoughts On Re-Reading The Hobbit

I recently watched a couple extended edition versions of the LOTR movies and I got the itch to dive back into that world. And since the movie version of The Hobbit is drawing near, I figured I'd go for it. I'd read The Hobbit only for the second time as speed reading practice some fifteen years ago.

And now I'm about a third of the way in. I'm enjoying it, but I'm shocked by the narrative voice. It's written like a child's fairy tale ... which I suppose it is. The problem is that I've gotten so swept up in the idea of LOTR being a history that I find myself disappointed by the humorous "story teller" narrator in The Hobbit. When the narrator mentions the post office, or golf, I'm jarred right out of  Middle Earth.

And the frequent mentions of what Bilbo would think about the adventure many years in the future destroys any sense of jeopardy.

Gandalf! He makes me cringe! He's mean, he has a "wand" and he's kind of a buffoon. Didn't Tolkien know that Gandalf is supposed to be wise, compassionate, and cool? I mean, he's Sir Ian McKellan after all.

And the exclamation points! They're everywhere! Sometimes their even in the middle! of sentences!!

I'm still hopeful that the movies will be awesome, and I still love the old cartoon version. But it's clear I've outgrown the book.

I came up with a good writing exercise out of this re-read though. One could rewrite a chapter using a more modern narrative voice. Maybe even try first person, or a limited third. Could be fun!

Of course, I don't have time for that right now. I'm working on Undermountain 2.

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