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200,000 Words Later [Oct. 8th, 2006|11:17 am]
Tony Grist
This has been the year of purchas
I started in January- on a whim -and now- four  "books" and nearly 200,000 words later- I've just posted the final installment. The story arc is complete.

There's material for another cycle. But do I need to write it? Is there anything more to be said about this particular set of characters? 

Right now, I think I need to put the toys away in the toy box, close the lid and walk away.

[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2006-10-08 11:36 am (UTC)
I am so amazed and impressed by what you've achieved here. I was telling my Mum about you and your Purchas novels on Friday, and looked up when the purchas account had been created so that I could tell her when you'd begun, expecting it to be at least 18 months ago, maybe more like 2 years. But no - it's only just 10 months, and in that time you've churned out four extremely good novels.

I think you're right to leave it aside for now. The events of the last installment (which I won't refer to directly for the sake of spoilers!) really bring the long arc of the existing four novels to a close. But picking it up again in 6 months' time for a final polish up before you start seriously sending it out to publishers is a must - and we will keep hassling you about it until you do!

Finally, I absolutely loved the updates about each character in the epilogue. Each one just seems so right, and I especially enjoyed your playful crypticness about the Count!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-10-08 12:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, so much.

I'm amazed I managed to write so much in so short a time. It was as if the characters just got hold of me and wouldn't let go.

I have ideas for a sequel. I've even written a few pages, but I feel I need to let the pressure build up again before I carry on.

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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2006-10-09 12:44 am (UTC)
But picking it up again in 6 months' time for a final polish up before you start seriously sending it out to publishers is a must - and we will keep hassling you about it until you do!

I absolutely second this!!
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2006-10-08 08:09 pm (UTC)
I have been saving them all in order to read it all together :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-10-08 08:24 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2006-10-09 12:45 am (UTC)
I got behind during my move, and now that they are complete and online, they will give me evening installments through the winter!

A wonderful achievement, Tony-so imaginative--unique.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-10-09 08:51 am (UTC)
Your praise means so much.

Right now It feels like I'm on holiday, but I have a scratchy feeling at the back of my mind that these characters are going to haul me back in eventually and get me working for them again.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2006-10-09 12:13 am (UTC)
it's really only been since january? wow. it feels like so much longer. i've enjoyed the series very much.

(ps-- purchas' bio info on lj needs updating!)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-10-09 08:43 am (UTC)
Just ten months....

I'm so glad you liked it.

Hah. I haven't looked at Purchas's info page for ages. Thanks for the nudge. I'll go and update it.
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[User Picture]From: intotheraw
2006-10-09 01:51 am (UTC)
Will you be keeping the stories on here? I am terribly behind but oh so love the stories. Do I need to rush to read them?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-10-09 08:47 am (UTC)
No rush.

I intend to keep the Purchas account open indefinitely.

I'm so glad you're enjoying the stories.
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