Salutations, friends! I’m very thankful to report after the last week of difficult health problems, I’m feeling better today. So rather than continue with planned posts, I’m going to turn my whole attention to finishing Weaving and Musings of Essencers, the first novel in the Aelathia Chronicles.
Before I give you some juicy tidbits of “behind the scenes” work, I want to give a little shout out to my great friend Kendall Lyons over at CartoonDailyNews.com. We’ve sectioned off a room in our house and, as you can see from below, have laid siege to our current projects, including maintaining provisions for the long haul. Sometimes, as you can see in the far corner, the young Duchess of House Smith takes refugee in the War Room.
Currently, Weaving and Musings of Essencers is at 83,000 words with an earlier estimated cap of 95,000, but I do not foresee being able to end just at the 95,000 mark…I’m going to have to press my luck at 100,000 or so. The Aelathian Characters Union is insisting on it. 😉 Any future editor or agent is more than welcome to overrule the union’s decisions, of course.
Here’s what I can tell you ahead of more detailed posts:
1. Essencers play a vital role in the finale, but…I do like to shake things up. Whether or not they can “save the day” is actually not in their hands at all. Expect a post in the next few days unpacking the magic system and defining what “essencers” are.
2. During the third act, the characters will travel deep into the pit of a major sex trafficking hub. Remember, this is a fantasy world that merges aspects of the Medieval Ages with Victorian/Renaissance flare. Aelathia isn’t earth, but there is so much about the series that harkens back to the realistic issues we face with the active modern slave trade.
3. Throughout the book there’s been an ongoing mystery. Prominent public figures are being murdered, and in the wake of a coming invasion, the suspects and motives can become murky. Who can our heroes trust? Who can they believe?
In light of the swift pace of the tense falling action, and some editing my wife and I have been doing, I’m going to bid you a Happy Harvest until we meet again…