I’ve been trying to figure out what to write next, and nothing’s been quite working for me (as is evident from some of my recent blog posts), but I’ve finally come to a decision.
For a long time, I’ve had a fantasy trilogy I’ve wanted to write. It’s the story I’ve always imagined as my epic fantasy magnum opus. I’ve outlined it to death, and I have hundreds of pages of notes on the world and the culture and the history and the characters. But I’ve always avoided actually getting down to writing it because I’m terrified I won’t do it justice. It’s a view-point juggling complicated epic fantasy with a lot of characters, which is something I’ve never attempted before, and is far more complicated (at least for me) than a one-viewpoint first person narrative like Scriber. So I’ve always ended up working on something else to “hone my craft” before I make the plunge.
But whenever I write something else, my thoughts keep coming back to this series, making little adjustments, imagining scenes. I can’t get it out of my head, especially lately.
So, in honor of NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to take the plunge and go for it. I’ve started working on it as of the first of the month. It’s going to take more than a month, but I’m going to write the first 50k words this month at least. I think trying for that goal will help me keep going despite the doubts I always have when it comes to this project.
The working title of the series is “The Windwalkers’ Legacy”, and the first book is called “The Swampling King”, but those are just what I call them in my head–they could change. I’m hoping this month will be the shot in the arm I needed to finally make it happen.
So, here’s a quick teaser. Not a final blurb, just something I made up just now.
Thousands of years ago, the Windwalkers–the eagle-eyed prophets of the Sky God–raised nine mountains from the vast, deadly Swamp that engulfs the world. They charged the people of the mountains with one task: to destroy those left in the Swamp, worshippers of the unholy King in the Deep. Since that time, the Kingdom of the Nine Peaks has slaughtered the Swamplings in their thousands, never doubting the righteousness of this endless crusade.
But when a boy with the eyes of an eagle emerges from the Swamp, as foretold by an ancient prophecy, the Nine Peaks are thrown into chaos. A calculating Duke seeks to use the boy to claim the throne for himself. A Swampling clan leader sees an opportunity to save her people. And the two sons of the King find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that throws everything they have always believed into question. Because if the Sky God truly wants the people of the Swamp dead, why has he given his mark to a Swampling boy?