Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Still long...

I dug through the last three chapters, again, and they still need clarification. But more got cut, which is good, and one of the killers got changed out with somebody else, so there's a fair amount to do to maintain consistency. My hope is to have a decent draft by the end of the month. Then I'll start begging for feedback. And I'll need some that's really serious.

On GoodReads, I found a detailed review of The Lyons' Den that'd been posted a couple months back. It was a tough one, but in a good way. She liked my characters and the story, but for some reason took a special like for Tad. In fact, her one real gripe was that I let Tad become a total asshole at the end instead of maintaining a level of humanity in him that she thought was very three-dimensional. And I can see what she's getting at.

Tad does seem to love Daniel, at the beginning of their relationship, but he also uses Daniel and only sticks around till he gets the rights to two more of Daniel's books. Still, there is a more interesting depth to him in the beginning of the book than there is at the very end. That was a deliberate decision by me...and maybe it was wrong.

Problem is, I can't get a good cross-section of feedback on it to see if others feel the same way. Of the other critiques I received, one had problems with Ace's patois, till he got used to it, and the other was just brutal and petty. The rest are positive but not informative as to why.

So...I'm going to be doing everything I can to get an idea of how OT is going. I want it to be solid work. I added up all four sections, and as of now I'm at just over 116,000 words and 526 double-spaced pages....and that's with me cutting a fair amount. But it's needed to tell the story honestly.

Guess I do still love my words.


Michael said...

Sometimes they really are just total assholes with no humanity. I adore The Lyon's Den and wouldn't change a thing about it.

JamTheCat said...

Thanks, I needed that. ;)