As of last night, Nathaniel Cannon and the Lost City of Pitu is officially complete. It’ll run here for two or three more weeks, during which time I’ll be getting to work on background work for a new story, and hopefully be editing We Sail Off To War again.
Lost City of Pitu is the third non-vignette story I’ve finished, and the fastest to completion1 to date. WordPress claims We Sail Off To War aired over the course of more than a year, starting in February 2011 and ending in June of this year. Lost City of Pitu looks to be between 1000 and 2000 words shorter2 than We Sail Off To War, but it also took an eighth of the time to write. Cue obligatory XKCD on extrapolating trends in a silly way.
1. During NaNoWriMo 2006, I did clear 50,000 words (which would be, for those keeping track at home, this story in nine or ten days), but I didn’t finish that story until the next February.
2. This is by my usual estimate of about 300 words per handwritten page3. I usually fit more than 300 words onto a given notebook page, but I scribble out enough to bring the average back down.
3. By a happy coincidence, this is roughly the same number of words as goes on a standard speculative fiction paperback page.