Writing Update: Lands of Ash

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I posted a few things about my work in progress Lands of Ash back in November, and really haven't updated you since.
Basically after writing just over the 50k needed to win NaNoWriMo, I had  a very slow month in December and things have only really picked up in the last half of January, word count wise. I was averaging a couple hundred words a day. Really pathetic stuff. Part of the reason was Christmas. Part of it was my concentration on editing/rewriting Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon and part was my renewed focus on marketing The Dragon and the Scholar Saga. . . basically I was wearing too many hats and still am.

But now that Thaddeus is finished and marketing set up for the month, I'm trying to concentrate on getting Lands of Ash through its first drafts.

Lands of Ash is officially the longest and darkest thing I've written. It's probably not dark by modern standards, but for me, there's a lot more death and betrayal. The characters are living in a shattered world in the aftermath of a long war and are dealing with issues like survivors guilt and grief.
As for long, my previous record holder was Dragon's Bride, which I think tops out a little over 73k words. Lands of Ash already sits at 82k and I'm not done with it yet.

It has a lot of things I'm excited to share, characters, fight scenes, fire elementals, but I'm nearing the end finally. I hope to have it completed by the end of the month. I'm estimating a near 100k word count on this one.

But anyway, that's where things stand. 


  1. Awesome, Heidi. Sounds right up my alley. Death and destruction, woohoo! :p

    1. I'm enjoying writing it. It's got a lot going on.


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