Word Count – Feb. 8, 2018

And this marks a solid four weeks of Word Count, my every-Thursday update about where I’m at with my new book and what I’m reading!  A Troll and his Bard now stands at 53,295 words, which means I… lost over three-thousand words?!

Well… yes.  I mean, no, I didn’t misplace them, I mean I realized that Eldridge’s backstory was messing with my pacing, so I took it out.  Even now, starting from Eldridge’s life at 21, I’m already pushing 3,000 words.  So if I had kept all his childhood stuff in there, it would mean that Eldridge’s flashback would be somewhere around 15,000 words all told, which is just way to freaking long for a book of this scope.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize it; even in the early chapters, I would go back from time to time and cut 100 words in places , so I don’t know why I was thinking I’d seek outside opinions on it later.  I gotta trust my gut!

I’m currently reading and listening to Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.  It started out as an audio-only affair, and I listened to the first four chapters just like I would almost any other audio book: with about half my attention.  I listen, usually, while I work, or drive, or any number of other tasks where my hands are busy but most of my mind is freed up.  But this is  definitely a 100% attention kind of affair.  I got through chapter four, and then talked to my brother about it (He’s reading it at the same time), and I felt like he read teh first part of a different book!

There’s a lot going on here.  And because I hit the 30-seconds-back button, like, a thousand times, I just went ahead and bought the paperback.  Now I can comb through, which is a necessity for my reading comprehension.  This is honestly one of the most difficult books I’ve ever read… but it’s also one of the best.  It’s rewarding, unique, and packed with action.  And I loooove the characters!  I’ve only got about 90 pages left, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

Because my brotehr and I are listening to it, though, I’m only going through it a couple chapters at a time, and then I switch over to another audio book until we can talk about things.  So, while I’m at work, I’m listening to Dune, which I can very much listen to with only half my attention.  Dune is incredibly elegant and beautifully written.  It’s also very easy to parse (hence half my attention) and it very easy to follow.  I don’t think I’d be able to stick with it on paper, so I’m happy I went with audio for this one.

Okay, back to work for now!  See you next Thursday!

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