It’s a silly milestone, but a milestone nonetheless: I’ve been writing this new story in a wide-ruled three-subject spiral bound notebook, and a short time ago I just hit the first of two subject tabs, which means I’m a third of the way through the notebook already. With 120 pages in the notebook, this means I’ve used 40 of them so far, which means I’ve written at least 80 pages. Woo! Go me!
Still no title for it yet, either, which is totally not me. Usually I give a new project a temporary title soon after starting it — either a borrowed song title or a boring phrase as a placeholder — but at this point it’s still known as “New MU Story.” And you know what? I’m okay with that. It means I’m focusing on the right things.
At this time it’s still longhand as well…I haven’t started with the transcription to Word yet. I suppose I’ll do that soon, when the time comes for me to expand the initial first draft. From past experience, that usually ends up being somewhere around halfway through Act II, when things start to get complicated plot-wise. I do that for two reasons: one, by that time I have a firmer grasp of the story as a whole and what may need adjustment; and two, the revisiting of the Story So Far gives me a good idea of where I need to go from there. At this time I’m going to assume that I’ll start on the transcription sometime next month.
Is this going to be a single book, or will it be another trilogy? That’s a good question, and one I’m not going to answer right away, not even to myself. It’s definitely one of many in this universe, that’s for sure. I’m not even sure when I’ll be finished. I’m just happy that it’s still going strong, and that’s good enough for me right now.