After a year and a month of writing, I’m coming to the closing chapters of a novel I call Stella Vero. It now stands at 142 pages in 81 chapters. They’re short chapters. Anything longer than three pages feels dense to me. I like to keep it light and moving along briskly (although I do sometimes fool around with scenes that seem to have little to do with developing the plot or establishing character.) It feels like I have maybe 15 more pages to go and then it’s curtain time. As I wrote in an earlier blog, I see this as the last in a trilogy of related novels. I think of it as “The Parakeet Series” They are:
1. Death At The Flea Circus (Published)
2. Hippies (Finished, but not yet published)
3. Stella Vero (Almost done with the first draft).
I never planned it as a trilogy, and didn’t even realize the relationship between Book One and Book Two until Book One was being published. Then I saw a pattern and realized how Book Three could fit into and complete that pattern.
Not sure what I’ll write when I’m done with Stella Vero, but it will be another novel.