Alright, guys, time for a bit more info on my current project, one which I’m really beginning to enjoy. Breaking Empire was a cool idea, at first, one which I really liked. When I wrote up the prologue that I posted on here, it was a nifty concept, one that involved an incredible act of justice , a terrible betrayal, not a small amount of time traveling magic, and battles on an epic scale. And that isn’t mentioning the incredible plot twists.
That was all well and good, the makings of a fine fantasy book, but it didn’t reach nearly as far as it does now. I’m nearly 7.5K into the first draft and, as usual, I’m doing it by ear. As some of you know, I NEVER plot out my books. I do it for several reasons, foremost of which is that it makes it a lot more fun to write. However, with Breaking Empire, this book is running away with me. Side-plots are popping up, fascinating trails that will tie together to build the original plot in ways I never imagined.
One of the three main characters, a young man named Direagh Iraesson, was intended to be a rather naive, innocent fellow, willing and brave, but still fresh off the farm. I wanted this character partially out of nostalgia for a similar character whom I killed in “Every Blade of Grass, but also because I wanted him to be a sort of awed witness to the events of the book. Within the first chapter, though, I realized that he didn’t fit that description at all.
Direagh took my idea of himself, kicked it into the fireplace with great abandon, and proceeded to draw a whole new picture. He’s a completely different character now, one that is primarily mysterious, but one whom the reader is somewhat entranced with, in the way you watch a particularly lethal gun-slinger stride into the saloon where you’re sitting. You know he’s not after you, but if you make the wrong move while his back is to you, you could end up filled with lead. That wasn’t at all what Direagh was supposed to be, but then, it makes the story far more interesting.
I also have a penchant for the tragic and I used this blatantly in my first novel, killing off a character who had become quite dear to both the main character and (I hope) to the reader. I decided, in Breaking Empire, to employ this penchant, but in a way that is quite a bit more subtle. The second of the three characters, one Glenspar of the Sea-watch, fits the description of the kind of chap I tend to dispose of in tragic ways. Fortunately for him, and for a certain beta-reader who really likes him, I decided to let him live. (Don’t get your hopes up too high, though, because I could change my mind at any minute)
Now you know what I’ve been doing for the past few week and maybe you’ve got a little bit of an urge to read Breaking Empire. As I go, I’ll make sure to keep you updated and will keep you apprised of any interesting developments in my other writing. Most of that has slacked off, since I’m trying to write both Breaking Empire and fix a rather nasty problem with one of my short stories.
On that note, please wish me luck on my short story “Hunter – Men and Mushrooms”. I’ll be submitting it to a fantasy magazine soon and need all the good-will I can get.