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TC#1
Done, done, done. Where I am it's 1.35 am. I've been writing since 8 am yesterday and have finished the major rewrite of Star Wars Clone Wars #4 and sent it off to those who must have it.

The first draft clocked in at 86k. This draft is 106k. It will go a bit longer once I've sorted the very last chapter on the very last rewrite, because it's a bit light on still but seriously? I broke my brain. Again.

How do I feel about it? Actually, not bad. I think there might be some good stuff here. Of course, it's only half the story. This is a 2 parter. And yes -- there is a cliffhanger. When is there not a cliffhanger when I write a multivolume story?

And yes there is trauma and drama and angst and some humour. And lots and lots and lots of Anakin and Obi-Wan. A little bit of Bail. A little bit of Padme. A little bit of Ahsoka. Actually, quite a nice dollop of Ahsoka. A great in-canon villain who isn't Palpatine. And there are a couple of new characters, both my inventions. And I like them very much. One of them might well cause a bit of a stir. But never mind -- I live to cause trouble. *g*

I love this universe. I love these characters. I'm so lucky.

As for what's next, well, I've got a couple of urgent tasks that I've been putting off far too long that I must attend to this week. Also some business stuff. And some rest my brain stuff. And then on the weekend, or thereabouts, I start the first draft of Wizard Squared, which is the 3rd installment of the Rogue Agent series.

And oh man -- if you like those books, you are going to be SERIOUSLY pissed with me. *g*

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betareject
May. 25th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm so pumped! It sounds like its going to be an awesome book!! ♥

ETA: Just re-read that opening bit dear Gawd you've been working straight from 8am to 1:35am!? :Faint: Holy crap how did you do it without dying from exhaustion or having your eyes fall out of your head? *envies your stamina*

Edited at 2009-05-25 10:00 pm (UTC)
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope so. *g*

And as for the writing marathon, I tell you, I wish it didn't go that way because I fall over bigtime afterwards. But I reach a tipping point where I have to stay in the story world and just barrel through to the end. Adrenaline fuels me, (or caffeine) I'm hyperfocused and I honestly can't tell how tired I am until I stop. And then I notice. *g* This has happened with every book so far so I think it's just my MO and I have to learn to live with it.
betareject
May. 28th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh I see what you mean, its kinda like getting into the groove. You just reach that point where there's no turning back. Though man coming down from that has to be brutal X__x I hope you were able to get some much needed rest after that crazy work shift!
almagill
May. 25th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats Karen :)

*Really* looking forward to reading #4.
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's been an interesting journey, this time. A bigger, broader canvas. I feel more confident than I did with Wild Space.

Of course, that doesn't mean I won't fall flat on my face this time ... *g*
patientalien
May. 26th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
That is fantastic! I just finished No Prisoners, and I was wondering if you and Karen Traviss ever talked about your views on characterization. I see a lot of overlap, but mostly I was wondering if you ever try to "synch up" how you write the characters (ie, is how you view/write, say, Anakin, similar to how she does, etc) since you're writing this series tag-team.

I'm definitely looking forward to #4!
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you grabbed No Prisoners!

Karen and I have had many, many, many long conversations about character and stuff for these stories. For the most part we have very similar views. There are some differences, and some things we approach from different angles, but it would be odd if we didn't since we are two different people. *g* However our broad take on the GFFA is similar enough, I think, that we've managed to present a harmonious view. She reads my stuff and picks up things, and I read hers and follow through on some points. So if you see that, and you think it's working, then I'm very pleased!
bardicvoice
May. 26th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I haven't been reading the Clone Wars books ... maybe I should start, hmm?? *grin*
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Well, you know, far be it from me to discourage you from reading ... especially now there's that long SPN hiatus to get through. *g*

Seriously, of course I'd be thrilled if you gave these books a try. But if they're not your cup of tea I'm not going to have a tantrum. gthe first one in the series is Karen T's take on the original cartoon movie -- and a really great example of how you can adapt a screenplay to expand upon the story and give it great depth. The next one's mine, Wild Space, and that was me dipping my toe in the water for the first time. Very scary! No Prisoners is a sideways step away from the cartoons, but still in that timeframe. And my next 2 slot into the cartoon time frame, with some references, and a brand new adventure.

And if you decide to take the plunge, I'd love to know what you think. *g*
ejcaldera
May. 27th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hold on a sec - so you've ended up writing 4 out of the 5 books? Or has someone been messing with the number of fingers on my hand again?
temple_mistress
May. 26th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
And yes there is trauma and drama and angst and some humour. And lots and lots and lots of Anakin and Obi-Wan.

I will try to contain the inner crazed fangirl that wants to come out when she sees 'Karen Miller' and 'lots and lots of Anakin and Obi-Wan' in the same sentence. This sounds like another fantastic trip, and I'm looking forward to meeting your new characters, too!

Suffice to say: YES AND YAYAYAY AND CONGRATS!! :DDDDDD
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Well, thank you very much! You know, this is why writing tie in work is so cool. Because I'm a fan and you're a fan and I get to play in this great world we both love and hopefully I get to entertain you and move you and share some of the things I see and feel about this story and the characters.

I keep on saying it, but it never stops being true. I am so bloody lucky it freaks me out.
jawastew
May. 26th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
I'm so excited!! :)
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Me too! *g*
fitj
May. 26th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Go K!
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, possum. I owe you a phone call. Soon! *g*
ejcaldera
May. 26th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
So when you spend such long days writing, is it because you have to do it because you're right up against the wall with a deadline or because you get so wrapped up in the writing that you can't stop yourself until you get to the end? And why do I get the feeling your answer is going to be "yes"?

Speaking of cliffhangers, I finally, finally, *finally* got around to reading Innocent Mage, and you are a very naughty woman re: the "cliffhanger" in that one. Having read at least parts of early versions of a few of your books many moons ago, I'm finding it interesting from a writing perspective to see where you put in new stuff and how it fits with the old.

As for the Rogue Agent books, haven't gotten to them yet (I'm making a serious effort to read more novels lately - I've done virtually none of that since Victor was born), but I'm looking forward to being seriously pissed with you. *G*
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Yes. *g*

It is a bit of both. I mean, I do fairly high output days on a regular basis at the moment simply because the sheer stupid amount of work I have to do means I don't get a choice. I'll be so glad when I can rejig that. But in every story there comes a point where the momentum pushes me into overdrive and I don't have a choice. I have to motor on through.

Tee hee on Innocent Mage! I am very bad. *g*
keeloca
May. 26th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
This sounds awesome! I absolutely loved Wild Space, and only wish there had been even more Anakin and Obi-Wan interaction in it. So think this is gonna be terrific. Don't take this the wrong way, but your novel kind of read like a fanfic (an incredibly well-written fanfic that happens to be canon). I mean, it made all may fangirlish dreams come true, and that just doesn't happen all too often in the EU. (The only thing that confused me a tiny bit was Obi-Wan's professed lack of experience with alcohol, but who cares?)

You manage to make even Ahsoka interesting.

Two-parter, ey? That means the fun will keep on happening. *very pleased*
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm super chuffed you enjoyed it so much.

And no, I don't take your fanfic comment the wrong way at all. I've always thought that tie in novels were professionally produced fanfic -- and if they're not, there's something wrong. Tie ins are a directly fan-aimed story. Nobody who doesn't love Trek or Stargate or Star Wars or Buffy or whatever is going to read them -- so how can you write them without a love for those worlds and characters? Well, you can, but that to me seems pretty soulless. And if you don't love and respect those stories and characters then you're not going to give them the due they deserve, or that the fans deserve.

But of course, part of that for me comes from my own perspective -- which is that character is God. When it comes to story, it's all about the people. In Star Wars, I'm not about the hardware, I'm about those people and their lives and dreams and journeys. I can't write any other kind of story about them - which is why some fans will never enjoy my work. But that's okay, because there are lots of fans - like you and me *g* -- who adore character-driven work. And the EU is a big enough smorgasbord for everyone to find a meal that they enjoy.

And that's what I love about Del Rey/LFL. They've given me this place in which to play, to explore the Star Wars story in a way that pleases and fulfills me. It's amazing, and so generous.

So all I have to worry about now is getting it right! Arrgghhhh! *g*
emilie_rose
May. 27th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for writing these wonderful Star Wars books in which the characters actually think and feel and express emotions. I love Wild Space so much that I also bought the audiobook. The reader does a pretty decent Ewan Mcgregor style Obi-Wan and the sound effects and music add to the total experience. With a running time of twelve hours, listening to the book is as close as you can get to the equivalent of several new movies worth of Obi-Wan. What bliss.
karenmiller
May. 27th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Oh, didn't Jeff and the production team do a lovely job of the audio version? I tell you, I drove around listening to it in my car with the biggest, stupidest grin on my face. *g*

And thank you. It means so much to me that you enjoyed Wild Space. For me, this what makes the EU so great -- the luxury of time to explore the characters and their complicated inner lives.

I hope you enjoy the next 2 just as much!
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'd quite like to know what will make fans pissed with the Rogue Agent series!!!!!!!!
karenmiller
May. 28th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Heh heh heh. Now that would be telling ... *g*
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