Dusk Gate is only up to ~95,000 words. I’m pretty sure I’d have done better, but… Mother Nature had her say in things. My area of northern Utah got hammered by a wind storm this past Monday night, and it knocked out power for over 180,000 people. While we had a generator, it made it very difficult to concentrate on writing, and we only got power back late on Friday. Fortunately, we didn’t take much damage (unlike the many uprooted trees, smashed fences, and the like that I’ve seen), but it definitely was a shock. I’ve never seen quite this bad of a wind storm in Utah, though one in 2011 had higher winds.
While this has set me behind where I wanted to be, fortunately I’m not on a specific deadline for Dusk Gate, and I’m still on-track for my personal timeline for it. I hope to have the final draft done by the end of October, so that I can move on to the next book of Lilith’s Shadow, which I’ve titled Queen’s Journey.
I have lots of plans for Lilith’s Shadow, as well as Through the Fire, Beesong Chronicles, and other stories which have never seen the light of day. I’m just trying to take them each a step at a time.
I really hope you’re all doing well! Feel free to comment if there’s anything you’d like to see more of! (Even Ancient Dreams, for that matter. Yes, the main story involving Sistina and Phynis directly is done, but I still have plans.)