Thursday, April 9, 2020

'Automata' - Done and Done

After a bit of a delay, during which I paused in writing to do a bit of revision work on the first twenty chapters, I'm back to beat my chest and crow. Yep, yep, Automata is finally done, clocking in at just under 60K words and 25 chapters as originally planned. I thought it was going to go over that, but the story surprised me in that way.

It falls short of Dollhouse's final length, but that's okay. I did quite a bit of on-the-spot revising and editing along the way from start to finish, so when the time comes for me to go over this draft before submitting it for listing, there won't be too much left to do.

I tried to put a hard deadline for myself before the lockdowns happened. But now that I'm currently stuck at home for an indefinite length of time, I had to ease up on those dates, but I'm still within schedule. The rest of this month will be dedicated to cleaning up The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory, and then May will be set aside for Automata.

Very pleased with the results, and I'm looking forward to continuing the Curiosities series with Eidolon. Automata will be out this December in time for Christmas.

I normally post an obligatory disco video in celebration of another book finished, but since Briant Cousineau in the novel is a pianist, this will be quite appropriate instead.

Link to the video for those reading this post on Goodreads.

I've talked a bit about the story in previous posts, but I'll be sharing more later. But the basics are: set in an AU Venice (appropriately called San Marco), which has its own set of supernatural guardians summoned by the winged lion whenever threats from the otherworld are felt. Readers will get to know more about Alexej and the Sauveterre family as well as his love of automata.

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