Bad Cow (1)

Bad Cow is in editing, and I’m preparing to start work on the next book in the series.

Here, for the kick-off to a lazy weekend, is how the 700-800-page[1] behemoth’s word counts broke down by day.

[1] Actual page numbering depends on whether I use the same font size as The Final Fall of Man, in which case it will need to be printed on white paper instead of cream, and will be about 790 pages long; or make it in a smaller font, in which case I will be able to use the same cream paper as The Final Fall of Man, but the smaller font will make the page count about 690.

I divided the stats for Part One, Two and Three, because each one is like a little stand-alone book and otherwise the graph would have been … well, about the same really, except all one single continuous upwards squiggle.


Part One was a quick one to write because it was mostly written already – many, many years ago – and just needed to be polished.

Part Two was something of a drag because there was a lot of “technical” (read “mystical”) stuff in there and I struggled to bring that, and the settings and characters (which I think are strong) together into something other than just “exposition with some fun characters in interesting settings”. As intriguing as that might sound, it needs more than that to actually be a story.

Part Three turned out to be surprisingly big. About as many words as Eejit all on its own. Still, I couldn’t really release them as three separate books (pending editorial feedback), because they don’t really stand alone. And I certainly couldn’t afford three covers at this stage. Well, I could, but I’d rather just have one.

There aren’t any other stats, because the chapter-structure here isn’t set up to list the character point-of-view as a facet.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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3 Responses to Bad Cow (1)

  1. dreameling says:

    As one of your editors, I need to point out that you’re missing a closing bracket after “(read “mystical””.

  2. brknwntr says:

    Also he wrote “word count” where it should have been “paage count.”

    Also, paage count.

  3. stchucky says:

    Thank you both. I want to say “just testing”, but the truth is I was in a hideous hurry and this is exactly what editors are for. Well played.

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