Yet Another Status Report…

So, Book 1 is coming along, slowly, but surely, and creeping ever closer to the finish line. As of my last word count, the total is 72,648. My estimation, prior to editing/revising, is that I will reach roughly 80,000. Not that word count is so important. I’m just trying to find little games to keep me motivated as I struggle through what is to me my most difficult scenes. Why is it even so difficult? Ásbjorn is about to leave the Iron Wood, after striking a deal with Angrboða that will send the plot exactly where I had wanted it to go all along. But what amazes me about this deal between him and Angrboða is that I don’t even know how it came to me, and I did not sit there planning and thinking hmmm, how can I use this opportunity to make the planned ending even more logical? I wasn’t thinking an the ending, or the heroes. I was only trying to place myself into the minds of Ásbjorn and Angrboða, alternately. What would he agree to? What could she desire? She at least, being a character of myth, has some history and personality already defined, so all I needed to do was use that to get a sense of who she is and what motivates her. And then the idea sprang to mind, and it was perfect! As I thought about how it would affect the rest of the story, I realized just how perfect it really is! 

Anyway, enough of my babbling! It’s time to write. Ásbjorn still has a dragon to capture!

So, what attributes and features would you like to see in a dragon and how would you go about capturing one? Ásbjorn has powerful runes to aid him, but I’m still working out how, exactly, that will work. Oh well, I guess it will come to me by the time I get there!

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

18 thoughts on “Yet Another Status Report…

    1. I don’t know. Whatever I’m doing seems to be working, once the words are written. My biggest challenge is just to start typing. Once I’ve got some thoughts down, some basic scene, I’m able to come back and run wild with it. But it helps not to try to force it. I was thinking so hard on how to progress Ásbjorn’s quest after meeting Angrboða and nothing was coming to mined. So, I finally said phuck it, and just starting writing to build up to their encounter. Once I got there, it just happened, when I stopped trying to force the ideas to come.

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    1. Ah, ok! I thought so. 😊
      Are you getting close to finishing your jack the ripper story? I haven’t had time to keep up lately, so no idea where you are now. I hope it’s all working as you’d like.

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  1. I’m just over half way, Mary is just about to seduce Jack, then the downward spiral begins, I’m quite pleased because a lot of people see Jack as a sympathetic character and not the crazed killer. This is the sort of reaction I was hoping for.

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    1. Excellent! Yes, you really have done a great job of making him seem vulnerable and somewhat tender and compassionate. But even the most gentle spirit can be broken, and his misfortunes are leading him to that point where he will finally break. I’m guessing this is just your rough draft and it will be polished up and refined later? Will you self publish it once its finished?

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    1. Well, thank you! Writing a book can be a grueling process, especially of this magnitude. And it’s only my first serious attempt at a full book, in this case series. I wrote short stories for years, especially as a teenager. But this is entirely different.

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  2. Well, I’m glad to see someone else does it the same way I do. That way I don’t have to feel weird. Two people doing sinething the same way makes it normal. 😆

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    1. Thank you! The chapter is finished. Now just a little brushing up, and I can move on to the last chapter.

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      1. Yes, that’s exactly how I feel right now! Last night I felt like celebrating! Haha! But sleep was just as nice! 😴

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