Barahir: Blog

A cage unlocked

August 24, 2018
Posted at 8:05 pm

The Cage & The Key is a sexual coming-of-age story, and stripped of Tolkien's universe and characters it would still be one (though I'd have to write a lot more of the interstitial plot I was able to leave out of this version). I started it knowing it had to have an end, and the point I chose seemed like a reasonable one...Éowyn's journey from trapped innocence to libidinous freedom is complete...but of course there are many stories yet to be told. Most of them are already rather extensively outlined, and I could easily pick one of them up and give it a go.

I don't know if they will be told, though. (I don't know that they won't, either.) As seems sadly inevitable, the stories that most interest me are the longest ones, and taking any one of them on is a commitment I'd like to step away from for a little while. Also, I'd like to avoid writing in someone else's universe until I've done something in my own.

On the immediate horizon is a slightly less lengthy tale - the current outline estimates it at about 25 chapters, but I remain dissatisfied with said outline and it may be whittled down - in an original, modern, real-world setting. As with the previous story, I won't publish until the content is settled and it's ready for a final editing pass. The most optimistic possible timeline puts that several months into the future (I'm working on chapter 7 right now), but we'll see.

To the extent there's a point, it's this: there may be relative silence from this account for a while. Or I may write one of the shortest codas, just for fun and to have something published: the tale of the day Faramir finally told Éowyn that he's always known everything that's going on. But my primary attention will be on the new story. And another project will be going on behind the scenes: a complete re-edit of The Cage that will fix some cosmetic errors and reduce the number of cliffhanger chapter breaks (a last-minute choice that proved extremely unpopular). That'll happen all at once, in the space of a single day, but if you suddenly wonder where 10 of that story's chapters went...that's where.

In any case, I'd like to thank both those who read, voted, and especially those who commented. I know the story didn't go where all of you hoped it might - as I said to one correspondent, one of the disadvantages of posting completed stories is that you already know how much you're disappointing some of your most enthusiastic readers - but, in the end, I think it went where it needed to. Most of all, I'm happy with the outcome.

The end is here

July 24, 2018
Posted at 11:11 pm

I've finished editing the final chapter of The Key. The epilogue remains an issue, but that won't be hard to deal with.

And so, the posting schedule will accelerate, and it will all be posted shortly. Far earlier than the end of August.

I eagerly await the screeching indignation at the denouement with...bated something or other.

The end is nigh

July 16, 2018
Posted at 9:19 pm

Just across all those humps...

The next seven chapters of The Key are fully edited and tucked away for safeposting.

I'm doing final editing pass #1 on the penultimate chapter (currently 15,000 words), though it's an emotionally tricky one with tons of dialogue amidst a sexual encounter absolutely no one saw coming (though they did hear it), so the editing's likely to go slowly. The final chapter (currently 20,000 words) is even more precarious, laden as it is with outdoor sex, accusations, magical fellatio, explanations, crying, evidence disposal, and women falling out of trees.

And then there's the epilogue, which (as mentioned earlier) needs a top-to-bottom rewrite to reflect both changes to the existing story and rather significant changes to possible sequels. Though it's short enough that I don't expect that to take too long.

Anyway, at my current five-day posting interval that means the story would be completed in the second week of September. Since that seems a long way away and since there's an original story I'm really itching to write, I'm going to aim for the end of August instead. Wish me luck.

Taking my foot off the gas

June 23, 2018
Posted at 11:35 am

So far, The Key has been posting on a 3-5 day schedule. Given the previous pace of my editing I thought that would be sustainable through to the end, but I've been mired in the quicksand of a crucial 17K word chapter and simultaneously distracted by all manner of delays. (Most of them pleasant, thankfully.)

In terms of chapters the book's more than 1/3 done, but by word count it's less than a quarter finished. The last half of the book is dominated by long and incredibly involved chapters (I'm going to do less chapter-splitting than I did in The Cage), and one thing I don't want to do is put myself in a situation where everything that's ready has been posted and the schedule is simply waiting for me to work faster, which (given the chapter length) could result in regular multi-week gaps given my current editing pace. Moreover, the final chapter - actually more of an epilogue - needs a complete rewrite; it was written immediately after the prologue to Book 1 and a lot has changed since then.

The next chapter will probably go up today or tomorrow, but from then on - unless something changes - 3-5 is going to become 5-7 until I can clearly see the the finish line on my laptop screen.

Sincere apologies to my most impatient readers. You know who you are, and I remain grateful for your impatience.

Clean copy

May 5, 2018
Posted at 2:47 pm
Updated: May 5, 2018 - 5:49 pm

No sex in "Chapter 2: Gift." Don't worry, it's coming soon. Or rather...she is.

To those who were hoping this particular encounter would go a little differently, my condolences. I'm saving her for Radagast.