Yes, that’s right. “Contamination,” Book Two of the Arcana Revived series is complete.
What does “technically” mean? Well, first let’s go over the basic situation. The manuscript (backed up in three separate locations) stands at 117,747 words. Not far off from my 120,000 estimate. Of those words, 79152 were written during #NaNoWriMo.
I wrote the last line just a few minutes ago, and I think it’s a pretty damn good one if I do say so myself (no, I won’t tell you what it is). I’m fairly giddy, and feel like dancing or something.
But first I need to explain the “technically” part.
There are more words to write, which are still considered part of Draft One. But those words are to fill in some earlier gaps. There are a couple of scenes that, when I was deep into the story, I realized were incomplete. One needs substantial expansion. A couple of others need some minor (but plot-critical) details added. And there are a few small scenes I had planned to write but didn’t, because I was so focused on wrapping up the main plot that I didn’t finish off a couple of sub-plots. Of course, I have extensive notes about all of the scenes that need to be added, and that’s what I’ll be working on next. However, not one single word will be added on to the end of the story; most of what I’m going back to add will be back in the first 75% of the manuscript.
Then, of course, there will be revisions at some point. But the scenes I just mentioned will make Draft One be “officially” complete.
I expect those scenes to take, at most, a few days and a few thousand more words.
What will happen after that? I’m glad you asked. See, “Contamination” is part two in a series that will be a minimum of three, if not four or more books. The ending of this story completes the current tale and wraps things up very nicely, but also leaves me a good launching-point for the next book, “Collapse.” I MIGHT (depending on how things go) get started on “Collapse” during the remainder of #NaNoWriMo. We’re only at the halfway point of NaNo, and in theory, I could churn out the first 80,000 words of “Collapse” by November 30th.
Or I could, y’know, get some sleep and catch up on homework at Rowan. We’ll see.