And that’s a wrap
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.