The Book

Fae and I are writing a book. Honestly. That word count to the left of this post isn’t just random. We’re finally doing what we’ve wanted to do since we were 13. The Book has almost four full chapters, and as of today over 30,000 words.

According to the omniscient Wikipedia:

Epic length novel 100,000 to 120,000 words
Full length novel 70,000 to 100,000 words
Mid-length novel 50,000 to 70,000 words
Novella 25,000 to 50,000 words
Novelette 15,000 to 25,000 words
Short story 1,000 to 15,000 words
Flash fiction 1,000 words or less
Micro fiction 100 words

So, we officially have a decent length novella. Knowing us, it will reach “Epic Length Novel” eventually, simply because we both enjoy the word epic and have definitely called our plots that before.

What is this book, you ask? Well, it’s the culmination of mine and Fae’s relationship, over 9 years of role playing. Not in the sexy way (much…) but in the RP way. As in, we have characters and we play scenes between them. It started out as a group thing, when we were 12 and 13. We used to RP Tamora Pierce books in Yahoo Clubs. That was where we met. Since then, it moved to just being the two of us, on Yahoo Messenger, and to a cast of over 500 characters who have nothing to do with Tamora Pierce.

Pretty much, it’s a nerdy fantasy book. But I like to call it post modern fantasy, because we’re not about the knights and dragons and names with apostrophes. Instead, our writing is very character based. And honestly, these characters could exist in any setting, it’s just that fantasy is what we’re familiar with and it’s fun to give them magical powers. But it’s not a typical fantasy at all. The fun thing is that we know these characters so well. I mean, for most of them we have their lineage planned out 6 generations back and 3 generations forward.

I have no idea what we’ll do with it when we finish. Obviously it would be great to get it published, etc… but I think right now we’re just doing it for us. Plus, we have a ways to go. We have at least two or three books planned out after this one.

Yup, we’re nerds.


  • By Ambles, April 2, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    Yay nerds!

    Seriously, that sounds amazing. Good for you!

  • By Court, April 2, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    It’ll be an epic series!! If you don’t publish it, will you consider making copies for your friends?

    Also, I remember the Tamora Pierce RP thing… sorry my characters sucked so much! (But I do remember that my one guy was very closely modeled on Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale!

  • By Your Ill-fitting Overcoat, April 2, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

    That’s so awesome! I’ve never had a plot and characters lined out that well for a book– I imagine that it makes it so much easier to sit down and do the writing part!

  • By Lea, April 4, 2009 @ 8:14 am

    That’s a lot more than my unfinished novel. Then again, you two were always more prolific than I could ever hope to be.

  • By Sebastian, April 5, 2009 @ 11:25 am

    Wow, that’s even nerdier than I.

    Well, OK, probably not — unless you’re going to tell me that you met up in real life and LARP’d with the characters…

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