Given that RAELIA will be officially released in a week, imagine my excitement at stumbling upon this journal entry I wrote after I finished my first draft of book two!
For those who don’t know, both AKARNAE and RAELIA were written before I was offered a publishing deal at the beginning of 2014, and I’m pleased to confirm that the word count culling I mention briefly below ended up being well worth it! (I successfully cut the original 185,000 words of AKARNAE down to a much more realistic 116,000 words – and after working with my editor, it bounced up again to just under 120,000. For the record, RAELIA is being published at just under 130,000.)
Forgive the redactions, but, well… spoilers! :-D