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Christmas Carol: A Short Story - Part XXXIV

DZ-Jay

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Well, I did it. I would not have believed it, but I was there, and I saw it, so I know it to be true. I did it.

I finished the story. Phew!

It now stands at a full 15 chapters plus the short epilogue, for a total of 83 pages. Here are some statistics, straight from the word processor:

  • Words: 29,615
  • Pages: 91
  • Lines: 2,621
  • Paragraphs: 654
  • Sections: 3
  • Characters (excluding spaces): 137,171


That includes the entire manuscript, with the title and dedication pages, and all the blank spacing pages between them. Still, a rather hefty size for what originally started as a short story of no more than 15 or 20 pages.

There's even one part, during Carol's trek back, that she makes up an epic song about her adventure to sing to everyone back home. It's silly and childish and perhaps not all that great, but I like it and it fits in Carol's nature. Here's an excerpt:


"On a busy Christmas Eve,

An Evil Snowman came

He took the children's presents

And tried to ruin Christmas Day.

"Then Santa called on Carol—me!

And ask her for assistance

He sent her on a mission,

Far away into the distance.

"To the lands of mighty legend

To the snowy mountains wide

To the frozen Ice Cube Caverns

Where the folks of legend hide.

"Oh, Santa! Oh, Santa!

What a horrible, terrible place!

There are Ghosts and Evil Snowmen,

And the cold wind chills your face!

"Oh, Santa! Dear Santa!

What a horrible, terrible sight!

The wind howls with scary noises,

Ice cubes glow with spooky light!"



It's not all doom and gloom, it lightens up as it goes revealing her encounter with the Ghost Of Christmas Presents and the magical snowflake chamber. It then ends with a happy chorus:

"Oh, Santa! Oh, Santa!

What a marvelous, wondrous place!

Where the mountains sings a lullaby

And the snowflakes glow with grace!

"Oh, Santa! Dear, Santa!

What a gorgeous and beautiful sight!

Where the wind sounds like a melody

And the mountain sings with light!"

"Where the wind sounds like a melody

And the mountain sings with light!"



There's no music, and every time I read it in my head, it follows a different tune. Perhaps someday I'll compose a Christmassy tune for it. For the moment it shall remain just an epic poem. I should think of a name for it, like "Ode To Magic Mountain" or "The Ballad Of Christmas Carol" (although I think that's already taken by Tolkien). I don't know.

Oh, and did I mention I love the ending of the story? Oh yes, I truly do. I think it's very fitting for a magical story like this one. I think it's my favorite part now.

As much as I'd like to be done with this project, I have exactly 8 days to finish the entire thing and I have yet much more to do. Now I have to draw illustrations, print a hard-copy in good paper and bind it by hand. Then there's also the proofreading and editing, a job I do not look forward to. And on top of it all, I must find the time to celebrate the Christmas Season, which I do not intend to miss.

Yup, I'm running out of time, but at least the first major hurdle is over: I have a completed draft manuscript. The rest is just fluff. :)

See ya'!
-dZ.



P.S.
I will end this post by reiterate that all the materials, characters, and story elements, and everything related to Christmas Carol are the sole property of myself, James Pujals, and I retain all copyrights. I post these entries for my own amusement and to entertain anybody crazy enough to follow my progress as I write this story. However, none of it is to be used in any other context or for any purpose without my explicit and written permission.


You have been warned, so don't take anything without permission. If you do, and I ever get to publish this thing and become rich and famous, I'm sicking my lawyers on you.
:P

Copyright © 2018, James Pujals

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7"x10", which is a standard hard-cover size. However, I'll probably scale it to print it on US Letter at the local office shop, at least for this run.

 

-dZ.

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I wrote a couple of "novels" that are about 20,000 words. I made the paper size the same as those "Goosebumps" books and my page total for both are 112.

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I wrote a couple of "novels" that are about 20,000 words. I made the paper size the same as those "Goosebumps" books and my page total for both are 112.

 

I plan on getting my book published and I was avoiding the typical 5 x 9 paperback size. I chose 7 x 10 because it felt like a nice, sturdy size for a hardcover, like my copy of The Hobbit.

 

I also chose a font that seems to be quite compact (Bakersville), yet easy to read (at least to me). If I change it to a smaller format like 5 x 9 and choose a less compact font (Palatino), it takes about 125 pages.

 

In the smaller format, it just looks to me like there is not enough text on each page, and the letters are too big. *shrug*

 

@atari2600land, did you ever get your novels published?

 

-dZ.

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I noticed that Oscar's book about IntyBASIC is 6 x 9, which perhaps was chosen because it is close to the dimensions of an Intellivision game box, which I believe is 6 x 8? Odd formats though, you are probably better off getting it published in a commonly available paper size.

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I noticed that Oscar's book about IntyBASIC is 6 x 9, which perhaps was chosen because it is close to the dimensions of an Intellivision game box, which I believe is 6 x 8? Odd formats though, you are probably better off getting it published in a commonly available paper size.

 

Oscar's book is in one of the cheapest formats for on-demand printing.

 

If I self-publish, it won't be through on-demand printing, which limits the options; it'll be via an actual book printer (I've used DiggyPod before). 7 x 10 is a standard book size for larger hard-cover books, but it's more expensive. 6 x 9 and 5 x 9 are common "pulp" or "trade" sizes, which are paperbacks and such.

 

In any case, I have the same manuscript re-formatted in various sizes as well, including a completely plain one for submissions: single-sided, double-spaced, plain typewriter fonts, etc. That's the beauty of using a modern word processor. ;)

 

I intend to find a good publisher, but failing that, my plan is to invest in self-printing, on high quality stock, with full-colour illustrations on glossy stock, and good and expensive binding. I think this story deserves more than just a paperback on pulp. :)

 

Because it'll contain full-color illustrations, I chose the larger 7 x 10 format.

 

https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/09/self-publishing-basics-how-to-pick-the-size-of-your-book/

 

-dZ.

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If nothing else, I'll print just 50 copies on the fancy format and send most of them to my family and friends. :)

 

-dZ.

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