Funny story. Turns out that my intimation that it might be time to ‘party hard’ was entirely preemptive. It’s not time to party hard. It’s barely even time to start sending out invitations.
Here’s the deal…
Deep Sounding Volume 2. Projected wordcount of 45k. Ain’t gonna cut it. So I’m pulling a GRRM; this badboy needs upped to somewhere between 75k and 90k. As it turns out, I’m only about 1/2 of the way through the plot, rather than 2/3.
But what are ya gonna do?
The explanation is pretty simple: I’m working with three main characters, and a BUTT-LOAD of delicately-interwoven story-threads. This is as opposed to Volume 1, which just had one main character (at a time, anyway) and a pretty minimalist story. DSV2, by comparison, is dense fiction. I’d like to think I haven’t sacrificed the “quiet” or “humanistic” qualities reviews have praised the first book for, but the fact is, I have a lot more work to do this time around.
See, going long-term, I envision Deep Sounding as a series of somewhere between 10 and 15 of these little novellas. That’s about the scope of the story I want to tell, and then the world of dwarfdom will be out of things to say. But in order to do that, I’ve got to lay the groundwork. Volume 1 was like a TV pilot: it went easy on the story, but laid out the characters, the setting, and groundwork for future drama. Volume 2, then, is the second episode. It has to do the heavy lifting of setting up the major plot threads which will constitute the backbone of a long-form series.
Which is all a very long-winded way of saying: the party’s canceled, everybody’s pissed, and everything’s ruined forever.