2.27.2006

32 Hours
By tomorrow night I'll have turned in the 180,000+ word d20 project I've been heading up for the last 9 months. Ink will hit paper in time for a GenCon release and you're all invited to the party.

I compiled a timeline of the world last night. It was around midnight that I realized the project had achieved critical mass and gone nuclear sometime in the last month. If I had another 6 months my writers could fill another 100k words, easy.

This is both exciting and a little sad. My instinct is to grind the project into perfection. But like a good punk song, a d20 work should end just as it is getting good. The best works are jumping off points for the players’ imaginations, not the last word on a subject.

If I’m excited about the next hundred thousand words, there’s a good chance the players will be excited too.

I bet Greenwood felt this way when he was turning in the final draft of the Realms. I know Wallace and the McCoys did. Must be par for the course. :)

In other news...
War of the Witch Queen was released at Dundracon in sunny California. I'm hoping my copies of the module show up in the mail today. I wrote in some player handouts in the form of full-sized playing cards, and I'm dying to see how the artist depicted the cards.

Free Stuff: Seed of Evil, the sequel to DCC #5: Aerie of the Crow God, is now available for free download here.

14 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Blogger Jeff LaSala said...

You and your crazy world-building...

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Grimbones said...

Heh. You and YOUR crazy world/pantheon/vocabulary building.

Can't wait for Goodman to make the announcement. I'm dying to see the cover art.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Laurie said...

Sounds like you're having a blast. :)

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger ec said...

Congratulations! It is particularly gratifying to see a writer doing the Happy Dance of Doneness when a) he's a nice guy and b)he can actually dance. :)

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Mother1219 said...

Woo! Congratulations! That's a big, big addition to your resume! Well done, H.

-Ed

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice one big guy.

J

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Silverfyre said...

Harley can dance?!

I demand to know when this happened!

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger Marcy said...

180K words down, 90K words to go, eh, Grimmy? Better get cracking...there are shadows to inhabit and white, pulsing throats to bite... ;)

Congrats!

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Mother1219 said...

"Harley can dance?!

I demand to know when this happened!"

Oh yeah...

He's quite amazing, actually. He wowed an entire room of people at Jeff's wedding.

-Ed

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Grimbones said...

Heh. :) Put on a mask and anyone can do anything.

//H

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger ec said...

Hmmm.... Nah. Too hard to type while wearing a Dan Brown mask.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Grimbones said...

"180K words down, 90K words to go, eh, Grimmy? Better get cracking...there are shadows to inhabit and white, pulsing throats to bite... ;)"

Amen, Marce. Although I got a jump on that 90k before the new year, and it's diminishing daily. :)

But you know how that is. ;)

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger ec said...

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At 10:31 AM, Blogger Silverfyre said...

Weren't we all when growing up, EC?

Now I'm an Reformed Member of the Church of the Universalist Writers of Stroh.

 

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