And that’s a wrap

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The Straits of Galahesh is done, done, done.

Well, ok, not done done. The true first draft is done, ready to be turned in to my editor, my agent, and the crew from the Wellspring Writing Workshop. The plan was to turn it in tomorrow night, so that gives me one more day to polish a few of the burrs off, but it's not going to change in any significant way.

The ms clocks in at 202,000 words. That's right about where I was figuring after I passed the halfway point in the book, which I thought was going to be 90k and ended up being over 100k. It's good, though. I don't think it's fatty. The Winds of Khalakovo was 180,000, and this book widens the story a bit, so this feels about right to me. Of course, I'll continue to refine it. I'm hoping I can cut 5-10k in my next round of edits, but there are some notes I've taken that need working on, and those may add words, so probably in the end this is just about the size it's going to be: roughly 200k.

Although there are a few things that need attention, I'm very pleased. I think it's an exciting story that holds true to the tale that Winds began. I think any fan of Winds is going to be excited about Straits; not only does it take off from prior events, it fills in some of the gaps (purposefully) left in the telling of Winds. Specifically, a lot more of the details of Nasim's past, as well as the past of Muqallad and Sariya (collectively known as the Al-Aqim) will be told. And also the Empire of Yrstanla comes front and center as it turns its attention to the islands once more, islands it once ruled.

I'm very concerned that I make Straits every bit as good as Winds, but I think it's off to a great start.


  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    May 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Looking forward to its eventual publication! 
    I like the idea of seeing more of this archipelago dominated world.

    • Brad

      May 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Paul!

      Planned publication is April of 2012. In some ways I wish it was closer, but there's still so much left to do!

  2. Barbara Webb

    May 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Yay Brad!! Such a wonderful feeling, being able to tag that draft with a The End. Revel in the joy of it!

    • Brad

      May 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Barb! I'm definitely happy, though I'm going to wait to celebrate until after tomorrow, because that's when the ms gets turned in. But I'll definitely whoop it up then!

  3. Kelly Swails

    May 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Yay for finished drafts!

  4. Steve Hick

    July 19, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Great news, loved the first book, think the elements work well — cultures like Russia and its environs, archipelago divided, thaumaturgy/alchemy and magic/demonology, plus a plot that really moved.  Read it like a starving man.  I suspect next one will be even better.

    • Brad

      July 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

      Hi, Steve. Thanks so much for the note. It’s so nice to hear when people enjoyed the novel. I’m really excited to get the second book out. If you liked the first, I think you’ll definitely enjoy the second.