Twenty one days of solid green squares on my little NaNoWriMo calendar.
I won’t pretend it has been easy to get those words down every day. Some days have been tough, but more have been easier. So here are a few facts about Shifting Currents my newly validated novel.
Final word count: 73857
Yes, I was aiming for between 75,000 and 80,000 which I feel a little short of. However, I did hit the minimum of 70,000 my publisher needs, and I have no doubt by the time it is tweaked and polished it will be longer than it is right now. I do have a tendency to add a lot of description in later.
Now for some statistics – I do love the Scrivener stats button.
Most frequently used word in the story is THE.
WAS – 780 – gonna have to get rid of a lot of those.
THAT – 525 – likewise with this one.
Others that are going to be zapped – BUT (434), SAID (331), VERY (32), REALLY (59), and a lot more trouble words for me in particular.
On the plus side there were only 10 COCK references.
Of course this may still be too many since there is very little sex in this book. In fact, let’s go see how much of this 70k+ story is sex, since us women writing M/M romances are always being accused of writing nothing but porn about men who do nothing but fuck for page after page. Yeah, can you tell I’m still pissed off about that Anonymous article?
Anyway… here goes
Number of sex scenes – 5
Word count for sex scenes – 5000 – Yeah that sounds like one long porn scene after another doesn’t it? This figure also includes one scene that was an awful lot of pillow talk as well.
I’m actually a little concerned that my editor is going to be tapping her fingers on this one and telling me to spice it up a bit… or a lot.
There is actually no anal sex between the two main characters in this story as well, which is a first for me and I really hope that that doesn’t have to change when edits come around. I wanted, just once at least, to write about a gay couple who don’t act like anal intercourse is the be all and end all of sex.
Of course, there are probably some people out there that will stay there is too much sex, but I am pretty sure it won’t have any less than it has right now.
So, what else can I say about this story?
Well, it is the longest story I have ever written in order without jumping back and forth through the story as scenes come to me. With the exception of the prologue, which was a scene that came to me about a third of the way through the story, everything else has been written entirely in order. I may have to try that again some time.
It sees the introduction of a number of new characters including two new immortals, Mariana, Goddess of Sea Creatures and Tempest, Goddess of the Storm.
I kill someone off – *sobs* – and no I won’t be saying who. You’ll have to wait and see on that one.
You get to find out a lot more about what happened to the Atlanteans and why they are no longer in the sunken city. There are still questions to be answered regarding that mystery, but I promise all will be revealed by the end of the series.
I have a little over a year to get this story whipped into shape for my publisher, so it is now going on the back-burner so I can get the third book submitted and move onto other projects. If I can get the fifth and sixth books written quickly it may be that I submit this one ahead of schedule, if not look out for it in 2017.
Now finally, my promised excerpt. Just a little snippet from Delwyn and Fabian’s first proper meeting.
Fabian smiled and they continued their walk, passing other priests and the occasional immortal. Delwyn spotted Medina reclining on cushions in a green clearing. Devoted followers surrounded her, hanging on her every word.
“That’s Medina, Goddess of Love,” Fabian commented.
“I know. I’ve met her.”
“What did you think of her?” Fabian asked. Delwyn had a feeling there was more to the question than casual interest.
“She helps bring love into the world,” he replied. “What’s not to like about that?”
“Just don’t get on her wrong side,” Fabian warned. “She has a dreadful temper.”
“Have you been the brunt of it?”
“I once let a gaggle of geese loose in her temple. She wasn’t very happy about it and made me clean the place from top to bottom.”
Delwyn laughed. “It could have been worse. Be thankful she didn’t curse you.”
“She’d never do that. I’m her favourite nephew.”
“Yes. She and my mother are sisters, which makes her my Auntie Medi, thought she hasn’t let me call her that in years.”
So, there you have it, and for those who like the Goddess of Love, yes, she will be making some other appearances in this story too. After all, she can’t let her favourite (and only) nephew live his life without love, can she?