June 22nd, 2008


Bowling for Magic

Hey, I've finished the rough draft for my new Oz novel, tentatively titled The Royal Crab of Oz! That title actually showed up on a list of Oz books in a dream I had some years ago (when I was in junior high, I think), and I worked out the idea that the Royal Crab would be a giant land crab who was the main villain of the story, and had an army of monsters. That much remains in the manuscript, and I also incorporated a few ideas from another unfinished Oz novel I was working on. It's now my second novel-length story for which I've finished the rough draft, but this new one only took me a little over a month, while the other took me about ten years. For what it's worth, Royal Crab currently has 42,869 words, while the other one (which bears the working title The Giant Rabbit of Oz) has 56,746. It also has an even sloppier ending than Royal Crab. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I've never been good with endings. I'm sure both manuscripts could use some heavy editing (I have a few ideas for how to improve Giant Rabbit, but I'm not sure I want to tackle it right now), but I guess I should feel somewhat accomplished, right?

Speaking of Oz books, The Magic Bowls of Oz took me very little time to finish, which seems to be the case with a lot of the more recently published ones. I mean, the original books were also pretty short, being children's stories and all, but they never felt quite as short. Magic Bowls was an enjoyable read, although I felt that not much was done with Ojo and Button-Bright's body-switching. I mean, it was the cause of the Wizard's group's part of the adventure, but it didn't affect much beyond that. While I appreciated that the Shaggy Man's brother (here named Ichabod) had a significant role, his character wasn't really developed that much (although, to be fair, Baum never really developed his character either). I also would be interested to know how the girl from Kansas ended up in Ix, but maybe that will be explained in a future book. Really, it seems like a lot of the books released by Tails of the Cowardly Lion and Friends and their affiliates leave too many loose ends for sequels, but I can't complain too heavily because I did much the same thing with Royal Crab. And speaking of sequels, I did enjoy seeing some of the characters from The Corn Mansion of Oz again in Magic Bowls.
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