Look, do you know how much braining it takes to make the words go?
I just finished Glitter & Gold. 38.6K words and 8 months after I thought I was starting a short story.
Spellcheck sworn at, search history thoroughly confused as spellcheck and I argued about how to spell words. (It was sometimes right, I was sometimes right, it was sometimes lost on SFnal words, and sometimes it’s British vs. USA spelling.)
Dear FBI guy, yes, that’s why you got the following terms in rapid succession:
Hunin and Munin
sturm und drang
(It was right that hay bale is two words, though. And that I need to remember i before e except in all the weird ways English has.)
Find and replace utilized for two spaces instead of one. (And before anyone thinks that I’m referring to the style after a period, nope, I mean randomly doubletapping the space bar.)
Beta read is out to two subject matter experts. If they don’t find anything egregious, then I’ll clean up their objections and out to beta readers. *crosses fingers*
Knowing them, by the time I’m done, I’ll have crossed the 40K word mark and have a real novel instead of a novella.
And then look at my cover artist and go “I dunno. I wasn’t planning on it becoming a book! Do you have any ideas on what to put on the cover?”
And possibly find a better name than the working title. Or maybe just grin, shrug, and say it worked for me.
I fall over go bed now.