So, I’m officially started on another book. The next Vatta book having stalled in a way I just can’t seem to fix, my agent suggested doing something else, and what came to me was an idea from Paksworld. Once I started it, it took off (as did the Vatta book for the first part) but it’s still going. No title yet, and I don’t want to talk much about it lest I interfere with it, but…it’s behaving *normally*. (Normally for me; not claiming I have an ordinary work process, because I’m pretty sure I don’t.) By normally I mean it’s generating what appears (so far) to be actual plot, not just incidents. Stuff that “happens” connects forward and back to plot elements in the other books, and reveals to me, as its writer, more about those events and those characters. It arrived in my head with strong connections to the other Paksworld books, in several of the main characters, which were, in the other books secondaries-to-minor characters. It feels like it’s going to shape normally, and enrich the other stories as well as making one of its own. It’s over 26,000 words now.
For those who’ve read the Paladin’s Legacy volumes, it connects with the end of Paladin’s Legacy: Camwyn, the prince who was so badly wounded and with Dragon’s help restored to many functions, but without any memory of his past, is now well enough to take on the task Dragon has for him. Duke Arcolin is about to retire from his annual trips to Aarenis, and Aesil M’Dierra, Golden Company’s commander, is summoned to her home city of Pliuni to settle an inheritance issue that could strip her of all her assets, including Golden Company. And Horngard, the remote and mysterious mountain realm, has neither king nor king’s heir nor chancellor, and has diminished with bad guidance.
And since a plot-firecracker (tiny form of “plotbomb”) exploded an hour ago, the story’s now picked up another 1000 words, but I really need to get to bed at a decent hour and it’s almost midnight and Scorpion Season is underway (one night before last, small, on the bathroom wall, and one last night, large, in the bathroom basin.