Honourkeeper is Finished!
I’d pretty much reached the final stretch when writing my previous post about HK, but now the novel is done. It’s a bit of a beast, weighing in at just over 100,000 words, which for all your stat-masters out there is about 10,000 words and 32 pages more than Oathbreaker.
Just in case I haven’t banged on about this enough already, Honourkeeper is not a sequel to Oathbreaker. Rather, it’s a whole new tale of the dwarfs from a much earlier period in their history (a hundred years-ish before the War of Vengeance). Expect to see dwarfs duking it out with elves in a big way.
I do have a couple of tasks still to perform on the novel. Firstly, I may or may not write a dwarf glossary for this book, featuring some new words of Khazalid (I’ll see what the bosses say about this one) and secondly, and most importantly, I’ll be doing an edit of all the chapters tweaking, adding, changing etc as appropriate. I’m sure most authors will agree it’s a vital part of the process and also helps to reconnect with parts of the novel you might have consigned to the back of your mind through the course of writing.
Anywho, a couple more days and this will all be in the bag. Next on my plate is a 40K project that, unfortunately, I can’t reveal the details of yet. It is something quite unique, though, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this. As well as planning and writing this, I’ll also be (and in fact have already started) plotting out my first Salamander’s short story for the Heroes of the Space Marines anthology, which will be followed (although not that closely) by a full length novel featuring these fire-born warriors.
Until then, a date for your diary – April 2008. It’s the official release date of Honourkeeper. Posting up more specific details (i.e. a day) soon.