Update — The Bwgal’s Contract

A troublesome story blows out in size but at last I've finished the first draft. I give up pantsing for good and pledge to give this story away to my subscribers.

Well, I suck. I’ve finally finished writing the first draft of the The Bwgal’s Contract but what was originally intended to be a 7500-word short story I planned on submitting to Aurealis Magazine has ballooned into a 19k novella about a guy I killed off in The Weaver’s Boy. Believe me, I’ve learnt my lesson and it will be the last time I write a story by the seat of my pants with zero planning. It will likely blow out to 25k when I revise the draft because I want to flesh out a few scenes and shuffle the structure a little.

At that kind of length, it’s too big to submit anywhere so I’ll now rework it into the Lords of Skeinhold series and it will become book zero, or a prelude to use the correct terminology. The story and characters fit this purpose well because it tells the story of how Cadoc became the Lord of Skeinhold and ended up raising his brother’s children, who also feature in the The Weaver’s Boy.

Given the story’s no longer fit for its original purpose, I’ve decided to give it away to my newsletter subscribers. That’s still a few months off. I’ll shelve the draft for the necessary 4-6 weeks it takes to create some space, then I’ll revise it into a second and third draft before sending it to my editor, who takes about a month to edit a story of this size.

So, realistically, I’m looking at a November launch — plenty of time if you’d like to subscribe and secure your free copy when it’s published.


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