Skypunch, a novel I’ve been working on since 2012, has finally reached its 1.0 first draft state. At 67,512 words, it’s the longest work I’ve ever made. It’s also the messiest first draft I’ve made, too.
Podcasting is one of the odder mediums out there, but it’s one that I hold dear. This probably has something to do with how quickly I became a podcaster after learning about it. I love movies, but have never made one. I love music, but I’ve never made an album. But the time between hearing my first podcast and making my first podcast was incredibly short. I wanted to be part of it.
During the first episode of Lady Dynamite, Maria Bamford suggests to her agent that the thing she’d like to do for her next project is…less. She doesn’t want to do movies or TV or even commercials. She’d like to, maybe, just sit on a park bench in her neighbourhood. That seems like less stress and pressure to her character.
Throughout this winter, I’ve been compiling a first draft to a novel I’m calling Skypunch. This novel has gone by a number of titles in the past few years, and has in fact been entirely other books/stories in that time. As of April 2016, my first draft is around 80% complete. It’s a tough thing to measure, so by that I mean I want it to be a 70,000 word story and I’ve got 56,000 words I’d like to include (the total word count with deleted content is around the 80,000 mark). I’m shooting loosely for a June first draft. At that point, I’ll be handing the draft off to an editor, and we’ll go from there.