WIPpet Wednesday: Short, and so, SO sweet

WIPpet Wednesday’s going to be brief this week. I’m going to share the last thing I wrote, which was the third book of the Bound trilogy. (WIPpet math: November = 11 = 1+1 = 2)

The End


So… *twiddles thumbs*

I mean, this doesn’t mean I’m DONE. I have pages of notes on things I have to go back and change (in book three AND book two) because of the way the story evolved. I need to add a boatload of description, because my first drafts tend to be light on that. I need to trim conversations that took a while to get to the point, and shift some events around.

Actually, I hope I can cut quite a bit. This is the longest book in the trilogy by far. All good stuff, but we’re looking at over 125K words right now. Bound was 118.


But the story is there. More importantly, it’s a good story. It’s the conclusion of the tale I set out to tell four years ago, and it’s a satisfying one.

But this means I need new goals for my…

Row80 Update

Finish drafting book 3 of Bound Trilogy

Post-beta edits on Torn

I have three weeks to get this done, give or take. There are notes from my wonderful early readers that I need to go over again and make changes based on, and then there are other things that need to change to better set up the events of book 3. This is kind of huge, but I know I can get it done. This isn’t the last round of edits. That will come after my actual editor gets his hands on it and rips it to shreds comes back with his input on how to make it kick more ass. But this needs to get done.

Actually, that three weeks thing isn’t the whole truth. The fact is, I can have three weeks to do this, but I don’t want to use all of that time. Book 3 got me about 11,000 words into NaNoWriMo, which is super cool, but it’s not a win.

If I finish edits in time, I’m starting a new project to try to make it to 50,000.

It’s totally not going to happen, but I need SOMETHING to work on. And the something that my muse seems to have his happy-pants on over right now is the very messy gempunk thing I started and posted a while ago. This was a surprise to me, as I thought he was still vampire-happy, but we’ll see where it goes.

So there we go. If I finish these edits before the end of the month, my NaNoWriMo project will be that one with the working title Sparrowhawk & Son.

Not related to Bound in any way. New world. New characters.

How terrifying. πŸ™‚

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About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with five cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

19 responses to “WIPpet Wednesday: Short, and so, SO sweet

  • Charles Yallowitz

    Congrats. How does it feel finishing a trilogy/series?

    • Kate Sparkes

      Is seems strange that you’re asking me that, since you’ve written so many more books than I have. πŸ™‚

      I was a bit giddy yesterday. The fact that I have to get right back to editing book 2 kept me tethered to the ground, but it was a good feeling. And I know it sounds morbid, but it’s good to know the story is done… in case I get hit by a speeding moose or something.

      • Charles Yallowitz

        Yes, but they’re all part of the same series. I haven’t reached the end yet, so that’s still something I have yet to experience. I still have 7 books to go . . . 8 if you count a potential ‘clean up’ book.

        Might sound morbid, but it makes sense. Most authors don’t have a protege in the wings to finish the job if something happens. That’s why I keep putting time into outlining and making notes on all the future ideas. That way something might come from them if I’m not around. My small (that should be in bold, but somebody got mac & cheese stuck in the caps lock button) obsession with legacy might feed into that.

  • Lori L MacLaughlin

    Congrats on finishing your trilogy! That’s so exciting and must feel really satisfying. Good luck with your edits!

  • Ruth Nestvold

    Already congratulated you over on the Facebook group, but it deserves to be said again: CONGRATS!

    I’m combining projects for Nano too, and just shooting for wordage. Hope you finish the edits fast so you can get back to the words!

    • Kate Sparkes

      Thanks! I think I only have about 10 scenes that need changes/partial rewrites, and then I need to do a read-through and a search-and-destroy on over-used words. I can do that in a week, sure… O.o

  • Elaine Jeremiah

    I can sympathise with you Kate when it comes to editing. I’ve just started to edit ‘Teaching Mr Leavis’ and I’m pulling it apart really – it needs major work before even an alpha reader sees it! Certainly before any beta readers see it anyway!!

    Best of luck with it all. Enjoy it – I’m enjoying my editing dare I say it. πŸ˜€

  • Emily Witt

    Eee! Congrats on the finishing. Having never written a series, I can’t imagine what it’s like to actually get to the end like that. I’m looking forward to reading more of the gempunk story. I might have to go back and find the original bit you posted to refresh my memory.

    I have a vague idea of something else that I may work on during NaNo, depending on how far this Beauty and the Beast story gets me. I’m worried the story is moving along a bit fast and I’m going to run out of it before I hit 50k.

  • Alana Terry

    Wow, I really like how you ended it there. It kind of jumped out of nowhere and really grabbed me. Very original!!

    ^^^ which is snark for CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

  • rachelalsowrites

    Oh my goodness the idea of finishing a trilogy fills me with terror!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Amy

    Congratulations! The editing process is like joint replacement surgery. So painful at the time, but when it’s done, it feels so much better. Much as I’d have loved a real excerpt, there really is nothing sweeter than “The End.”

  • Fallon

    yay for writing the end!!

  • mbarkersimpson

    My first drafts are always light on the descriptions too…and the run on conversations – I like to let the characters play! But sometimes ‘polishing’ can be rather fun πŸ™‚ congrats on finishing – it’s always a great feeling.

  • Gloria Weber

    Super yay!!!! Congrats on “The End” reaching! Woot! I wish you the best with the edits. πŸ˜€

  • Mariella Hunt

    Congrats! I tend to go light on description too. It’s just hard putting into words for other people what I already see so vividly πŸ˜›

  • L. Marie

    Kate! Congratulations! That’s so awesome! And yes, I know, you have notes to go through. But you just finished a trilogy! That’s wonderful!

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