The Never-Ending Story?

The never-ending story ENDS! Yep, after over 116,000 words and half-a-million characters, I’m done, ecstatic, and done-in. Today was a marathon writing session. I set a new personal record of over 3000 words. The rough first draft is roughly finished.

The ending summary has been provisionally OK’ed by Frontier today, which is great because it’s epic, or at least I think so. I’m nervously awaiting the reaction of my first readers.

It should all be there: action, adventure, mystery, romance, twists, turns, memorable characters, familiar aspects of the Elite universe, new takes on the same. If you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it then I think you’ll be Happy-Backers.

I don’t know if there will be Elite literary awards, but if there were then I may stand a chance in the ‘Most Improved’ section. From a promised 25-30K, it’s (pre-edits) at around four times that. That’s ‘300% free’ as they say in the world of advertising. I hope you will like it, but first I have to edit it. There may be trouble ahead…


Thank you all, again, for your support. Without it, Out of the Darkness would not exist. Now you have a novel to look forward to.

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12 Responses to The Never-Ending Story?

  1. Matt says:

    Congratulations, a milestone indeed. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. John Harper says:

    Top notch effort T.J and a great return on investment. 300% Nice one. I’m sure it will be as awesome as you think it is….once you edit it a few times The conversion from ‘awesome in my head’ to ‘awesome on paper’ are two different things but once you get those first readers reporting back you’ll get there.

    Take a break, pat yourself on the back, graciously accept the applause and then get back into the trenches. You’re not done here yet, matey!

    • TJames says:

      Thanks John.

      Sage words. Awesomeness is in the eye of the reader. I am currently sharpening the scissors, refilling the pen, and charging the laptop ready to do battle. TEN-HUT! Reporting for duty, Sah!

  3. Martin says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for the finished version.

    Actually, I really can’t wait. If you want some help with proof-reading, I’d be happy to help!

  4. Void Sun (Carl Agnew) says:

    Congratulations, well done.

    Really looking forward to this. Already had a chance to read John’s as an Alpha reader. Unfortunately due to time constraints I was a little late to that party, but it was a damn good read all the same and I’m really looking forward to reading through it again when I receive the polished version.

    Get the feed back from your test readers and digest and cogitate upon that. Combine it with your own review and matured thoughts on the story, then edit that story.

    I want to be transported, involved, drawn in. I’m sure I’m going to experience all of the above and will enjoy spending many hours with your creations, the characters in the novel.

    • TJames says:

      Thanks, Carl, much appreciated. John looks like he’s put together a ripping yarn.

      As you suggest, cogitation is definitely a part of my plan: although there will be minimum levels of ambulation, perspiration will be evident, along with self-castigation and metaphorical self-flagellation as the editing process continues. Recrimination will be considered superfluous, but agitation will be a motivation until the story writing process reaches its termination. Whether my tale will result in the edification of its readers, I will leave to your evaluation.

      Until then, you have my salutation(s). (Yes, I did cheat at the end.)

  5. Drew says:

    Congratulations T.James!

  6. Steve.mchugh says:

    That’s awesome, TJ. I’m looking forward to reading this, it’s been a while since I’ve read something of yours.

    • TJames says:

      Hi Steve. Great to hear from you. That’s because it’s been a while since I’ve finished anything. Out of the Darkness has kept me busy for nearly a year, and I’m finally getting to the early beta stage.

      All the best with the Hellequin Chronicles book 3. Fans will be pleased when it comes out next year.

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