Lots of Words

One of the comments Chris and I got when we finished posting “Eerie Saloon: Seasons of Change – Spring” was that we’d written (and posted) more than one million words.

I’m a very big fan of Eric Flint’s “1632:Ring of Fire” series of alternate history stories, tales of a town in West Virginia that gets zapped by a cosmic fluke and goes from the U.S. in the year 2000 to Germany in the year 1631. I just finished latest collection of shorter stories, Ring of Fire IV. In the preface, Eric Flint talks about the number of words in the twenty plus books and e-magazines in the series. Books are better measured by word count than by page count because font and number of words per page can influence how many pages a story takes.

The “Ring of Fire” series, in all forms – print and electronic, comes to some 9,674,000 words. (Flint rounded all the word counts to the nearest thousand.) By comparison, Flint notes, Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is about 455,00 words, and Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a little over 587,000 words. Combined, that’s 1,042,000 words.

Below is the word count for each of the eight stories we’ve posted of the Eerie Saloon saga. I didn’t count the character list, which isn’t a story. We beat Tolkein and Tolstoy combined by 30,000 words.

I guess “saga” is the correct term for what Chris and I have written.

Eerie Saloon Stories
How It Began..........
Part 1.......... 57,861
Part 2.......... 58,326
Part 3.......... 32,322
Total........ 148,509 words

Outlaw Queen
……........... 71,403 words

Autumn
Part 1.......... 56,823
Part 2.......... 49,023
Part 3.......... 65,837
Total….....171,683 words

Toy Soldier
……............ 20,756 words

Winter
Part 1.......... 88,853
Part 2.......... 79,412
Part 3.......... 79,395
Total........ 247,660 words

Spring
Chap. 01.... 17,528
Chap. 02... 24,387
Chap. 03... 26,580
Chap. 04... 23,927
Chap. 05... 37,560
Chap. 06... 29,393
Chap. 07... 28,683
Chap. 08... 21,837
Chap. 09... 24,676
Chap. 10... 28,361
Chap. 11... 29,012
Chap. 12... 37,211
Chap. 13... 28,614
Total....... 357,769 words

Cameo Murder
Part 1.......... 28,595
Part 2.......... 25,619
Total........ 54,214 words

The Portrait
261 words

Grand Total..........1,072,255 words

And THAT is a lot of words.

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