It's Saturday, September 5, our third-to-last day here at the Barracks. Two weeks have come and gone far more quickly than I thought they would have, given how much time I've spent sitting here. The truth is, I'm almost sorry it's so close to being over with. I think I'll miss coming in here with no distractions, and very little to do aside from writing. It's been great for my productivity and creativity levels, I must say.
The Beast of Wunderland is coming together nicely. I have to say I'm rather pleased with the direction the story has taken (it's not much like the original vision I had when I started, but it's much deeper and richer and, in my humble opinion, better). It's grown from a three-thousand word short story to nearly seven times that length, plus a ton of time spent editing and fixing various plot holes and problems I created for myself when I changed things as I went along. I'm looking at a copy of the cover art hanging on the wall next to my table and I'm getting excited to get this wrapped up and released.
Earlier this week I posted that this wasn't going to be a full-length novel, and I was right - sort of. As I sit here I'm thumbing through a copy of the original text, which I was surprised to discover checks in at just one hundred eleven pages. It seems pretty incredible that such an iconic book as Alice, with its myriad memorable characters and scenes, could be as short as that. As of today mine is sitting at seventy, so apparently I'm approaching the same ballpark after all. Maybe not a full-sized novel by today's standards but lots to keep the reader going, I think.
Thanks to everyone who's stopped in for a visit and those following along here. It's been a great experience in so many ways. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!
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