Writing Round-Up

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve and while I’d love to do a retrospective ‘Year that Was…’ I ain’t gonna. At least, not yet. In the meantime, I’m all giddy about some writing stuff. First and foremost…

GOODHALO II – Is done! It’s done, done, done! Well, at least the first draft anyway. It’s length shattered any previous records held by any books that I’ve ever written. I’d originally thought: Aw, it’ll be like 100,000 words. No sweat. That didn’t happen. I bumped up my guesstimate to around 120,000 words. Nope. This baby clocks in at over 127,000 words. Yikes! It’s like an epic! And while I’d love to say that that number will diminish with the 2nd and 3rd drafts, traditionally, that’s not true with me. I tend to be an ‘adder.’ We’ll see, I guess, next year when I work on the subsequent drafts. But, I’m really pleased with it. The story is complex, follows mulitple characters and brings some pretty cool plot twists (in my opinion) to the fold. I’m really excited to get it in fighting shape and begin work on the 3rd and final installment sometime next year.

Thomas, what’re you nuts? You haven’t even sold GOODHALO one yet. Heck, you don’t even have an agent for it yet.

Maybe I’m a little crazy, but I decided long ago that I was gonna write the entire trilogy, book deal or not. If it sells or I get a kick-ass agent then all the better, but I’m sort of in the position where I just want to write what I’m passionate about, not just what is hip n’ cool this week. I can’t imagine leaving Pi where I left him at the end of this book without bringing his tale to a satisfying conclusion. That’s just how I’m wired, yo.

So, regardless of GOODHALO I’s fate, there will be a third book. No ifs, ands or butts about it.

Mount Rushmore – Got my hands on an early copy of my 2nd book over the weekend from my editor. It’s due out in April, I think and is already listed on Amazon. It’s here. They’re goofy and have my name listed as Thomas K. Troupe. Yuck. I’ve contacted them and they’re supposed to change it to my full name with the next day or so. I mean, really. The coolest part of my name, methinks, is my middle name. Ya know? Anyway, here’s what the cover looks like!

Who ever would’ve thought I’d write a (gasp!) non-fiction picture book? And about Mount Rushmore, for cryin’ out loud. Who? Not me! Regardless, I’ve gotten nothing but really strong feedback with how well it turned out. The editor said it’s easily her favorite in the series. Sweet!

Here’s something even sweeter…well, at least funnier.

Yep. It’s my little bio, complete with an illustrated picture of yours truly. I cut off the illustrator part, which is below my blurb. I wasn’t sure if Matthew Skeens wanted his illustrated moniker out in Bloggy-blog land. I can’t decide if the picture looks like me. My wife was quick to inform me that the bio is already outdated. You know, since by the time this comes out, I’ll have TWO sons. *sigh* Next book, next book.

Fact or Fiction: Trolls – Well, now that GOODHALO II is going on ice for a bit, I’m going to spend the next month (you know, between diaper changes and what-not with the new boy) working on the first of the three new books. They’re supposed to be fun little books about mythical creatures and stuff. I’m doing one on trolls, one on elves, and the last will be about knights. One is due on February 1st and is meant to be a prototype for the series. I think it’ll be a blast, but I’m already thinking…Dang, that’s not too far away.

ANNA 2.0 – I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to get to work on the next draft of my little fast-draft book I wrote last October. I’ve often joked that it would be hilarious (as in, not at all) if this book ended up being the one that swept an agent off their feet and not the insane GOODHALO trilogy. My wife claims it’s the best book she’s read of mine (she still refuses to read Goodhalo or anything with zombies in it), but I know that and about $3 will get me a small coffee, which I wouldn’t drink because I hate coffee. So, you know… Anyway, I’m hoping to get to work on ANNA 2.0 right away as it’s been soooo long since I even looked at it.

That’s all I’ve got for right now. Hope y’all have a rootin’ tootin’, pistol-packin’ New Years!

See you in ’09, doggs.