As expected, writing over the last month had sped up significantly as I get to knock over all the things I’d been setting up in the preceding chapters. It looks like my 80,000 word estimate is a little low, I think I have more than 7,000 words of story left to pour into this draft in order to wrap everything up. I’m excited to get the whole story drafted, revising should be relatively simple once everything’s on paper.
My working title for the book was garbage from a marketing standpoint, so I took a little time this weekend to pick something better and clean up my current draft of the summary blurb. Having a name and a halfway decent summary feels surprisingly satisfying, as if the huge lump of text I’d been slowly adding to is a real coherent object now.
Alan plans to dodge work and wait for the technological singularity to solve all his problems, while Surendra has convinced himself he’s content to work hard and live in self-imposed isolation. Their employer has other plans for them; there’s crumbling IT infrastructure and defense contracts to handle. An advanced computer worm and disturbing business practices are just the beginning as their mistakes begin to have world altering consequences.
The title and blurb may change in the future, but for now I’ve marked it off my checklist until after the first draft and revisions are complete. At the current pace, I should be wrapping up mid January and doing revisions in February. Then I need to figure out what to do with the damn thing.