The finished thing will come in at about 1000 to 1100 pp. about 330 words per page
Deb won't be seeing it for a while yet, as I still have to clean up my first draft. A lot of name changes, plot point changes, and bits where I couldn't be arsed to look up the details or figure them out while I was in full flow, and so on, that have to be dealt with before anyone gets to read it.
But overall I'm pretty happy. It FEELS like a book, and there are moments when I feel I hit the sweet spot. I'm still re-reading though, so I can't give you an overall impression yet.
I'm reading it now and am about two thirds of the way through the ms. I alternate between bouts of "Oh, this tired old crap again" and, "You know, with a good wind behind me and fair skies, I can write okay sometimes." Which is pretty much what I always feel reading my first drafts.
I may have to wait until the whole thing's done before I can talk in any detail about what it's been like writing a sequel, but it's been interesting. The choices are very different, as are the worries, from writing an unconnected book.
Mukavaa että pidit Harknessin trilogian ensimmäisestä osasta joka ilmestyi jo 2012. Mutta teitä jotka siitä tuntuivat pitävän oli aivan liian vähän, kirjan myynti jäi vaatimattomaksi.
Myyntiluvut yhdessä kirjojen laajuuden kanssa – käännöskulut ovat suuret – johti ikävään päätökseen olla suomennuttamatta sarjan muita osia.
There will definitely be some expansion of what we know about O. Ard., but I’ve got plenty of stuff from the originals to elucidate and expand upon without going beyond the Nascadu desert or the northern Trollfells or Nornfells. However, we will learn a bit more about the -conceptual- map of the world, and also see some places we never saw in the first books, that’s for sure.
We’re going to see a LOT of the Nornfells and Nakkiga. We’re also going to see a lot of Aldheorte and the Thrithings and Nabban. As far as other, previously unvisited places, I’m not sure
And we will learn and hear more about the Lost Garden as well — a LOT about the early history of the Norns and Sithi, both in Osten Ard and before. So while I can’t say we’re going to visit the Lost Garden — it is lost, after all — we’re definitely going to learn and hear more about it.
BOOK NEWS: I've finished the (tidied and revised) version of the first draft of The Witchwood Crown. Currently it's 1071 pages, about 311K words.
Yes, I've written another not-small book. Surprise!
I don't think I'll explain everything, but there will definitely be a lot more knowledge about the Norn/Sithi past.
Book one of Tad Williams’ ‘The Last King of Osten Ard’ isn’t in in the DAW spring schedule owing to pressures arising from the integration of Penguin/Random House. We will know more about that after Tad’s September meeting with his publishers.
“Beyond this, we have been focussed on a number of projects related to ’The Last King’. The road to volume one, ‘The Witchwood Crown’, will be dotted with many Easter eggs, some of which will be announced after that September meeting. This is a trilogy that is expanding from the front end of things!
Will begin physically writing #EmpireOfGrass (#2) pretty soon though.
Dyn kirjoitti: Siis mitä ihmettä, miten multa on mennyt ohi, että Taru kolmesta miekasta tai edes sama maailma tällä tavalla jatkuu? Pitäisi lukea Lukusalia huolellisemmin... tai jotain.
Dyn kirjoitti: Sen sijaan Shadowmarch ei sytyttänyt, enkä koskaan tainnut lukea suomennettujakaan osia loppuun
‘The Heart of Regret’ (or possibly ‘The Heart of What Was Lost’) — a short novel (about seventy thousand words) will be published by DAW Books and Hodder & Stoughton sometime before The Witchwood Crown — I hope for Winter, 2016. The title may change (my wife and editors don’t like the original as much as I do) but the book is in rewrite and essentially complete.
And finally, lots of you ask about film and television adaptations. Well, things are definitely happening, but they happen slowly. I’ve been waiting to tell you of one happy event, but I can’t break silence yet. Other good things are cooking; wait and see.
Jussi kirjoitti: Lykkääntymiset johtuvat puhtaasti kustantajasta, sillä Williamsilla ei ole ollut mitään kirjoittamisongelmia.
Jussi kirjoitti: Se on yllättävää, että Tad teki samalla sopimuksen myös toisesta lyhyestä Osten Ard -romaanista. Hän ei ole vielä aloittanut sen kirjoittamista, ja teos ilmestyy mahdollisesti The Witchwood Crownin ja Empire of Grassin välissä.
The two supplemental shorter novels are THE HEART OF WHAT WAS LOST (a bridge between the first and second trilogies) and THE SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME (a story that takes place some time during the second trilogy, still to be determined).
Of course I won’t use every bit of worldbuilding I’ve done in the last couple of years, but I had to basically build the Norn civilization from scratch, just for instance, and figure out a lot of the early history of Osten Ard, as well as the history of the Garden (where the Norns and Sithi and Tinukeda’ya come from) before they even made it to Osten Ard at all.
I know the history of the two great families of immortals, the Hamakha and Sa’onserei, all the way back to the garden, in far more detail than anyone else needs to know. I know the order in which the Eight Ships came to Osten Ard, and I know what happened to Seni Ohjisá, mentioned only in a song in the first set of books.
- For readers of complex high fantasy, epics on a grand scale
- For fans of George RR Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch
Osten Ard is at a critical turning point once again. Ancient enemies, long silent, are preparing to reclaim lands that were once theirs…
Jussi kirjoitti: Se häiritsee, että To Green Angel Towerin etukanteen on laitettu Christopher Paolinin kehut. Luulisi, että tällä on negatiivinen vaikutus myyntiin...
Hey, guys. Just wanted to let you know that today I finished and sent off The Witchwood Crown to my publishers. 1172 pages in ms., approx. 340K words. Still shorter than TGAT, but one of my longer novels.