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7/22: Now at 107,500 words, which is within my writeathon goal. 1-2 more chapters to write, plus any falling action. Some self-realization going on with one of the 3 MCs now:
Her cravings had always been for knowledge and for friendship, and her needs for life and safety. She had not sought wealth or power. She had not even sought love. Until her father died she had been content in her quiet circumscribed life, a pocket of air under the sea that was Karolje and the country. Beside a person like Sparrow, she had been a field mouse, nibbling on the grass and ducking into her burrow when a hawk flew overhead. That was not the person she wanted to be now. Not the person she even could be now. Violence and death had changed her. And who she was, she didn’t know.
Ch. 20 is roughed out, and I’m on to 21. Here’s what’s going on:
When Karolje became king, he ordered rooms in the library to be mortared shut. Sometimes Anza imagined the insides of those rooms, dark, the books and papers ravaged by mice, the furniture and floors thick with the dust of a dozen years. Karolje had expelled most of the masters and locked nearly all the buildings. In the College now there were three masters and barely sixty students, who studied under the ever-watchful eyes of Karolje’s soldiers. The city had once had numerous printers and booksellers, most of whom had abandoned their shops or turned to some other business or been killed.
|What I Write||
Right now I’m working on a fantasy novel about a despotic king and the attempts of his wife and sons to escape his power. The novel also includes a resistance movement. The write-a-thon writing sample is from the beginning of the novel.
When it’s finished I hope to start writing some Weird West fiction and will experiment with the novella form.
Moth and Spark, a novel (Viking/Penguin 2014)
Write the last 15,000 words of my novel in progress and/or work on revisions (if I hit the end before the write-a-thon).