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Well, didn't get as much done as I had hoped tonight on Harbinger, but I did get Chapter Thirteen done. Luckily, it was a short chapter, so it went pretty quick once I got going. Took another 304 words out. Considering the finished chapter is now only 2217 words, I'm going to look at parts of Chapter Fourteen and see if any of it would make sense moving it into Chapter Thirteen or if a short chapter is appropriate here.

I've noted a lot of my chapters tend to be rather short. I tend to go between 2800 words to 4000 words for a chapter, (obviously this one is a tad shorter than that). At roughly 250 words a page when it's printed, a 2200 word chapter will only go 9 pages, which is quick, although I have read books where the chapter is only a page. I wonder some times if the chapters are a little choppy because they're short. I know people will say, a chapter ends where it ends and not to worry about an arbitrary number of words. Still, I wonder if readers prefer shorter or longer chapters or does it matter.

Yeah, I know, more stuff to obsess over instead of obsessing about finishing the book. Sigh.

Our roommate, mollymorrison had a friend come up tonight, and I introduced her to Rurouni Kenshin (one of my favorite anime series). We watched the first two DVDs tonight and I think I've corrupted another new anime person (cue diabolical laughter here).

18 days left to complete 15 chapters. Going to be close.

Current Harbinger final draft status:
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44,360 / 100,000


( 6 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Aug. 14th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Oooooh, you have GOOD taste!

I love Rurouni Kenshin!!!
Aug. 14th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
My chapters also run about that length. Anything over 4k is very unusual for me. That does seem shorter than the books I read, but it seems to work for me at the moment.
Aug. 14th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
I've never seen an anime! I did accdentally read Yu Yu Hakusho (a very rough spelling) one time. What's so great about it? Are they really that different than cartoons and comic books?

Aug. 14th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
The quick answer is: Sometimes

Some anime is equivalent to modern US cartoons since the two genres have been influencing each other the past twenty years or so. Other anime is very Japanese-centric, both stylistically and story-wise.

There are animes out there that are specifically for kids, some for teens, some for young adults and some that is definitely NOT for kids.

Kenshin, as mentioned above, is an action-adventure story set in the years after the Meiji Revolution. It not only covers the life of the titular character (Kenshin Himura), but it shows life in Japan as it struggles to change from the Shogunate to Imperial Japan. There are real-life characters who wander through the story and it shows Imperial Japan, warts and all.

A number of Anime/Mangas tend to be much more character-driven than normal American comics/cartoons. While there is action, romance, etc., they tend to be secondary to the story. Tend being the operative word. Some are full out assaults on the senses.

Also, Anime tends to have better music than American Cartoons, but that might just be my prejudice showing there. :)
Aug. 15th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
The Beatles cartoon had some good music. ;) Take a guess as to what they played.

I didn't know anime was around for 20 years. Sometimes I think that anime is a little less realistic. "But, that might just be my prejudice showing there."

Ever seen the Star Trek animated series?
Aug. 15th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
ST:TAS? Oh, heck yes.

I'm a big fan of M'Ress. I'm trying to figure out a way to work a Caitian into one of my Star Trek stories. I loved how ST also stepped out and let other SF authors play (for example Larry Niven's Kzinti appear in ST:TAS).

A good website about the animated series is Star Trek: The Animated Series. Plus, it has a sister site dedicated to the Yellow Submarine. ;)
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