20 August 2011 - 6:16 pm

Starwalker’s 100th post!

This week, Starwalker reached post number 100!

Wow. On the one hand, that’s a startling amount of posts to have up. On the other, it’s taken over a year and a half to get this far.

In 2009, it took my a year to write all three books of the Apocalypse Blog, using over 340,000 words. It was hard work and a hell of a ride, but the best fun. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I don’t think I’ll ever attempt that again, either.

In February 2010, I started Starwalker. Now, over 18 months later, I’m over 170,000 words and moving into the final section of the second book. It’s a big change of pace, but one that I definitely needed.

I’ve gone from 7 posts per week to 1, and from 3 books per year to 1. That’s not a bad ratio, I think.

Let’s have some fun stats (because spreadsheets are a great way to procrastinate when the creativity bug isn’t biting). I’ve also been pondering names for the books – they’re below, so tell me what you think!

Starwalker Book 1: Identity (complete)

  • Total wordcount: 99,734
  • Total posts: 64
  • Average wordcount per post: 1,558

Starwalker Book 2: Ownership (in progress)

  • Total wordcount: 73,447
  • Total posts: 36
  • Average wordcount per post: 2,040

In a continuation of my usual pattern, the posts are getting longer as I go on. I’m okay with this! It’s hard to keep the post length down sometimes, but that’s much easier to manage since I abandoned the real-time posting (I can spend three weeks writing a single event if I want, and just have the log posts run on from each other).

This is the kind of milestone that is a good time to take stock. See how far I’ve come and how much story I’ve got still to tell. I’m proud of the body of work I’ve built up already, and I’m looking forward to exploring the plot I have yet to spin into words.

I’ve lived with this story for a couple of years now and it still excites me. At this point, that’s a relief as well as a pleasure! I can’t wait to share the end of book 2, and the third book is snapping at my heels, eager to jump out. There are so many changes coming, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters shape up (or fall down, because I’m cruel).

And that’s just the main Starwalker run I have planned out. Don’t get me started on the spin-offs that are taking shape in the dark corners of my brain.

Starwalker isn’t easy to write. It’s challenging and sometimes a struggle to get down, but it’s worth it. Sometimes I grin at the characters; sometimes they make me want to cry. I love all of them, and I adore the readers that have joined me on this journey.

Every writer says that they have the best readers (and they mean it!), and so do I. They’re wonderful to have supporting me, and they’re a big part of why I write. Thank you!

So here’s to 100 posts in, and to the next 100 to come. I hope you’ll all join me and enjoy the ride!

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  1. mjkj says:

    Gratulations 🙂

    I think I will join for the next hundreds or thousands (or more) of pages to come…


    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:30 pm

  2. Mel says:


    Yay! Can’t wait to share. 🙂

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:55 pm