No Man’s Land: Word Count Update

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in here. Don’t worry, I haven’t been abducted or putting off writing. I’ve actually been very hard at work cranking out chapters, making edits and cleaning up some spots in the novel.

As of today, No Man’s Land: Blood Oath reached 52,000 words and twelve chapters. Just a guesstimate here, but I’m thinking this is going to run in the neighborhood of 90,000 words or so, which is the sweet spot for the first novel of an ongoing series.

I’m averaging about 5,000 words per day of good words that will need minimal edits (or so I hope). I’m so close to finishing the end of the first book I can smell the highlighter fluid I’ll use up highlighting edits. I should probably go buy a red pen. 🤔

I’m currently writing the climax and final battles, which is my favorite part of writing. The ending is very action-oriented, weird, creepy and thrilling all at the same time. Who likes fights between vampires and gunslingers? (Most of my Insta followers, apparently!)

I can’t wait to finish this novel and begin work on the sequel. I’ve already got some great plans for Cal, Hexed Springs and the conflicts between the normal and paranormal. To beef up my supernatural knowledge, I snagged a few books about the history of the supernatural, including folk lore from Old Europe, Native Americans and the Wild West.

As always, stay tuned for more updates! You can also follow my Instagram for regular updates and snippets of author life. Oh, and a little housekeeping note: Microfiction is going to be slowed down or halted completely until the novel finishes up. I’m at a critical point in the writing, plus I’ve got momentum, so I don’t want to screw it up!

Until next time, partner!