Time for the monthly update!
So this is the time of year where I slow down, unfortunately. I’ve been writing a bunch over the summer, and we are at 697,000 words now, so more than Tally Ho, and about half as long as Cakes and Ale so far. I’m in the middle of Chapter Three of Tea and Scones, so obviously this is going to be a pretty long story.
The reason why it’s so long is partly because I want to give all of the romance/friendship stories room to breathe, and because I want each of the sponsors to have their own little storylines, and also because I wanted to have some significant differences in the sorts of things you get to experience depending on your position in the Noble Gases. This is where I have to pay the tax for having the end of Cakes and Ale have that sponsor choice, but I’m glad I did it.
Also making this particular chapter a bit tough to write: the openness of the structure so far has made it very possible that you have never met important characters–you could easily make it to Ch. 3 of Tea and Scones and never have met the Reverend Theobald or Chervil, and even more likely you would never have met Harlow or Haze. So I have some work to do here to make sure that every playthrough at least sees these people and knows their names and who they are (whether or not you choose to engage with them further). I don’t think chapter 3 will be especially long to play, but there’s a lot of information and exposition that needs to be in it to make every playthrough make sense.
Figuring out how to do that but also keep the chapter feeling fun and frothy and light is mainly what I’m working on.
But anyway, I am decelerating, which is a bummer, because my academic year is about to start, and I find myself having to teach a) more classes than usual, and b) more days than usual. So whereas I’ve been able to get 3000-4000 words a day written no problem over the summer, I fear that things will go much much slower during fall semester.
However, I just may have the opportunity to take sabbatical in the spring, which would mean that I wouldn’t be teaching at all January through August, which would mean excellent and rapid progress. I’ll keep you posted on that if and when it happens.
But here’s the main thing: I’m keeping it light and having fun. Feeling pressure or grindy is absolute death to the lightness of this game, like trying to make a souffle with a mortar and pestle.