By Kevin Rutherford
The Harry Potter series’ word count of about 150,000 words per book? Cute. The Lord of the Rings‘ tally of just under 500,000? OK, formidable.
But Billy Corgan may have both beat.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is currently penning God is Everywhere From Here to There, a new memoir that’s been in the works for a few years, and according to a new post on his website updating fans on its progress, it’s over 200,000 words right now — and isn’t even close to being finished.
“A few days prior I crossed the 200,000 word threshold, convinced that the midway point of said opus had been reached,” Corgan wrote. “But this was not so, as only 5 of 12 intended sections have been covered.”
So that means, assuming the final seven sections are as lofty word count-wise as their predecessors, we could be talking a 400,000-word memoir at least, if not more.
“General indications are that the book will eventually clock in at a half million words,” he continued. “Too many I say; but sadly, never enough.”
So if it’s taken Corgan multiple years to write 200,000 words, expect God is Everywhere From Here to There by the end of the decade, perhaps? Either way, once it’s out, if Corgan didn’t get a good editor to vet some of the content, be prepared to take about a week off work and just sit with it.
It could take fairly long; he’s a bit busy at the moment with new Smashing Pumpkins material. The band plans to release two albums — Monument to an Elegy and Day for Night — in 2015. Tommy Lee will drum on at least one of the albums.