Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Guest Post: This World Bites Blog Tour
I am beyond excited to turn my blog over to Loni Townsend today, as part of her This World Bites blog tour! Why am I so excited? I'm delighted you asked. First, Loni is a talented blogger and writer who always makes me laugh, and beyond that, she's a great and supportive friend. Second, I got to read This World Bites when it was still in its beta stage, and I loved it. Like flat out totally loved it. It's quirky and funny and engaging, much like its heroine, Cera, and full of hints and flavors of Loni's epic novel, Thanmir War. I highly recommend it.
And now, over to Loni!
Keeping it Short
by Loni Townsend
I'd like to give a huge shout out to Liz for allowing me on her blog. One of the things that makes me chuckle about her is her expressed inability to write a short post.
I too enjoy writing long, sprawling threads of text. My novel, Thanmir War, was 200K in its first draft, shortened down to 170K before release. I wrote another story--intending it to be a piece of flash fiction--and it turned into a 16K novella.
Writing something short didn't seem possible for me.
Word count terrifies me, because I know some people judge a story's quality based on word count alone. Oh, it's 170K? The story is probably poorly written, because the upper limit for that genre is 120K.
I read books that are well over 200K, but I know some people can't handle that length. Since I didn't want to exclude those people, I made it my goal to deliver something that was a mere bite in comparison.
I gave myself a word limit. I wanted to see if I could actually do it. This World Bites rolls in at 25K, right at that upper limit I gave myself. I intend that to be the length of all the Cera Chronicles. My husband says I could double the length and still be in the safe zone. I told him that wasn't the point.
Do you judge a story by word count? Do you like longer or shorter stories? Is 25K too short?
This World Bites
It’s her first day on a new world and Cera's already found trouble. Michael, her guardian, has been bitten by a zombie and will soon join the undead ranks.
Everyone tells her there's no cure, but Cera isn't one to be deterred. She’s willing to face off with zombie hordes, demon slavers, and black market informants if it means she’ll find a cure for Michael.
But she’s not the only one hunting for something.
Something is hunting her.
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By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head.
People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don't let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That's part of being a ninja—blending in.
She makes her home in Idaho with her sadistically clever—yet often thwarted—husband, two frighteningly brilliant children, and three sneaky little shibas.
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