Rough Work

Whew! The rough draft of Zombieslayer is done. 112,600 words, and most of them abysmal, but at least I’ve got something to work with now. Right. After a short break to rinse out my brain, I’m going to plunge back in and try to make it all mean something.

Wish me luck.


Date: Tuesday, 9. February 2010 16:43
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    Hurray! Good luck!

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    Wow, looks like the artist was using David Arkenstone as a model for Felix.

    (This ain’t spam, btw. They really do look alike!)

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    Hey there Nathan. Couple of quick questions – if the rough draft is 112,600 words long, how long will the finished novel be? And do your drafts tend to be shorter/longer than the final word count?
    Cheers, and hope the ‘honing’ process goes well!

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    Hi Jack, well, BL novels are usually anywhere between 100k to 110k, so it will probably be in there somewhere. My drafts usually come in a bit shorter than the final book, but sometimes, like here, I get a bit carried away with the fight scenes and have to do some pruning.

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    I’m sure the words are a lot better than you think. (Re)write on!

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    I have to yet get tired of good ole Gotrek & felix. But poor Felix…at some point he’s got to think REALLY, WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING. (I know he oft thinks that, but…geesh!) Or perhaps, someday when I am praying at the altar of Sigmar notice a shrine to another heroic deity….Felix Jaeger. :)

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    Oh, and hey…tell your pals at BL and GW to put out either some G&F miniatures or some good sized resin kits…I’d buyem. (Sorry, somewhat of my fanboy coming out.) :)

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    Peter, there was a set of miniatures put out a while ago, with Felix, Gotrek, Snorri, Max and Ulrika all on one base. I think it was a limited edition, so it might be hard to find. Resin statues would rock!

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    Nice. Found a picture of the completed miniatures. Very cool. (I always miss the good stuff.) The Max figure is not quite how I picture Max. Yes, perhaps some heavy Gotrek & Felix bookends to ensnare all the novels…now THAT would be nice.

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    That’s a great looking front cover for the new book, though I can’t shake the thought that Felix needs a new pair of trousers :) I’ve just finished reading ShamanSlayer and a few words needed to be said. Firstly and most importantly it was a great read and in my opinion gave the deepest insight into the characters thus far. A few times I actually laughed out loud thanks to visuals like Snorri and his Cowslaying. Having read each G&F book from the initial release I’m so glad to see its still alive and kicking; violently and with plenty of new threads! As much as the list of viable titles is decreasing I hope for many more…one question though, will we ever re-visit Lurk, the now ludicrously well built rat? Okay, that’d be a spoiler, I just had to ask :D Cheers.

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    Oh my god I’m so excited :D

    There better be loads of dawi love! (No, not in that way!)

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    One question I have is about the cover art for seemingly all of the books. why is it that Karaghul is never depicted the way it is described? In the storyline it has a dragon head pommel yet none of the pictures indicate this is so. Is this artistic liscence or an oversight? Mr. Lomg, you have come into your own with this series. Thank you for continuing this amazing epic.

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    James, not sure about Lurk yet. I’m still working out when I’ll bring back the skaven. Blake, I’m not sure why the sword is painted that way. It’s been like that before I was on board.

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    Love the books Nathan and cant wait for this one!Hoping Snorri gets at least the memory of why he took the oath. More slayers running around is always fun too!

    I agree with more resin or minis of Gotrek. AM panning a slayer themed tattoo.Still working on the details.

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    I seriously cannot wait to find out what happens… ever thought of other non Gotrek dwarfy ventures? Would love to hear of more tales from Kadrin Valley etc

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    William, I don’t know how soon I’ll be doing more non-Gotrek dwarf stories, but I have done one in the past. If you haven’t checked it out already, look for the Battle For Skull Pass novel. It’s generally for sale at Games Workshop stores. All kinds of dwarf goodness there.

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    Already read it ^^ How I laughed when the dwarf lobbed the cowpat at a goblin lol

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    Hi Nathan,

    Looking forward to the new book – partly because I’m a big fan (especially enjoyed Shamanslayer) and partly because I’ve always been fascinated by the history & characters of the undead (just got Bloodborn – fantastic). Severely hoping for some influence or involvement of Nagash (was it not widely acknowledged that he subtly guided Kemmler in his actions?) – he’s been dormant for far too long and is far too interesting a character to be absent from Warhammer fiction.

    Keep up the good work!


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