Update on Dark Magick Rising


This is the same progress update on Dark Magick Rising that I did on my Works in Progress page earlier today, but I thought I’d write a blog post about it as well, since some people who read my blog might not see it on the other page, and vice versa.

So, here you go…

Dark Magick Rising, Draegan Lords Book 5

This book is the direct sequel to An Unexpected Magick, and the lead-in to Circle of Ariend. I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again…in order to keep up with the story in Circle of Ariend, you will need to read An Unexpected Magick and Dark Magick Rising first. There’s a lot of content in Unexpected and Dark Magick that will be important in Circle of Ariend. If you do not read these two Wen and Wesley books, you may end up wondering WTH is going on in Circle. Just sayin’… 🙂 That’s why I re-labeled and re-numbered the books before I began re-releasing the first four that had already been published. Now, Unexpected is book 4, Dark Magick is book 5, and Circle is 6. It means they should be read in that order.

(High Fantasy/Shapeshifter)
Projected length:  Extended Novel
Main protagonists:  Wen Daneson and Wesley Brannock
Setting:  The fantasy world of Velensperia
Progress:  In January I said I was at 125K words, but I also indicated those were seriously rough draft words with all lot of crap mixed in that would be deleted. In March, I did, indeed, delete about 17K worth of words that were mostly notes to myself and “extra” bits and bobs (parts of conversations or bits of scenes that I wrote but that ended up not being part of the story). After cutting all of that out, my manuscript word count went down to 108K.

I’ve been kicking some serious word count ass in April during Camp NaNoWriMo, with the help of my fellow deadline-crunched writing pal Andi Van. We’ve been doing writing sprints/challenges several nights a week to keep each other working, and without Andi I wouldn’t be making nearly the headway I am. 🙂

Dark Magick Rising word count April 12 2018So, as of April 12th, I’m now back up to 123K (you can see my little Scrivener word count tracker to the left, here. I screen capped it this morning, 4-12-18). I still *think* the final word count on this will be around 140K. But, I usually underestimate, so I won’t be surprised if the draft finishes at 145 or even 150K. I’ll have to do some tidying up, regardless, so the final, published book, will no doubt be shorter, but I don’t yet know by how much.

My goal is to type THE END on this book by April 30th. I know, shocker, right?! 🙂

Release date:  TBD in 2018–probably July-ish I’m thinking, but stay tuned. Once it’s finished, it will still need a lot of work before it’s ready for public consumption (I’ll make several more passes through it to clean it up, then it’ll go to my beta readers, then my editor, then proofreader, etc.).  Still…the end is in sight, guys!

** Oh, and as a side note, that extra “stuff” I deleted out of the main manuscript? I put all those notes and extra bits into a separate folder, and that folder alone is almost 20K words now, with the pieces I chopped out and other notes I’ve made since then! That’s in addition to the 123,000 words of the actual manuscript. That’s a lot of words! I’ve written novellas as long as my “notes and cut-stuff” file for this book. LOL!

**** Added 4/20/18  I probably will not be updating my blog every time I do an update on my Works in Progress page. So be sure to check that page periodically to find out how things are going on this book. I just did a new update there this morning!

Author: mlrhodes

Author M.L. Rhodes writes bestselling m/m romance and fantasy novels. She's also a mom, a wife, a geek, a potter, and a damn fine margarita maker.

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