Primeval Novel Update

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I’ve been working on a pivotal scene in my extensive novel Primeval, about midway through Part III, that I’ve been putting off for months (to be fair, there was research to be done, which I didn’t have time to do until recently).

But the scene—all new, starting from scratch, which are always the hardest words to come—is going well, nearly finished. Right now it’s weighing in at a little over 6,000 words, and I anticipate about another 1,000 to finish it up. Maybe a bit more, only time will tell.

This particular scene serves to tie together some of the mysterious happenings in the small town of Hope over the past several decades from Parts I & II, leap-frogging via a series of flashbacks to past events from 1985 to 1939 and back again, as the two main characters piece together what’s been going on, based on evidence they’ve discovered deep within Black Woods and Blackwater Swamp (sorry, no spoilers!)

And it’s been highly motivational, because finally fleshing out this requisite scene(s), I believe, puts me on the downhill side of the mountain of a novel (currently pushing 500 pgs, anticipating 600 – 800, entertaining 800 – 1000…you know me!)


I finally finished roughing out the scene! Though it’s yet to be fully fleshed out, the initial infrastructure came in at a little over 7,000 words, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out, it’s working well to serve its intended purpose.

So, until last night, I don’t think I could’ve confidently said that the novel will (finally, after what, five years? Six?) be finished and released sometime in the coming year.

UPDATE 11/17/23:

As I’ve announced before, I’ve arranged to take the winter off my job. So during the months of Dec, Jan, & Feb, I’ll be able to focus on the novel, along with some other writing projects. But the priority will be Primeval, hoping to have it finished and published by spring/summer of 2024!

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Rand Eastwood

Rand Eastwood is an author & blogger, artist & craftsman, and business owner currently residing in Las Vegas, NV. Certified in both nutrition and ancestral health, he is a healthy nutrition & lifestyle advocate. Ideologically, he describes himself as an Individualist, Consensualist, Syncretist, and Autarchist. Under Eastwood Innovations, LLC he owns/operates Lifeology Store, an online store that offers exclusive, unique, specialty printed products & gifts of his own design. Also, much of his fiction—including some award-winners—is included in his book Rolling The Bones. He also has an extensive novel under development (working title Primeval), along with various other writing projects. To follow his work, you can subscribe to this blog (form in sidebar & below each post, or simply use this quick sign-up form), friend him on Facebook, like/follow the INSIGHTS Blog FB page, like/follow his Lifeology Store FB page, follow his author page on Amazon and Goodreads for future book releases, and visit/shop his Lifeology Store. His Mantra: "To seek, discover, assimilate, and disseminate Truth."