Hi! How are you all today?
I hate July. I hate summer in general, actually. Between my own brain chemistry being hard-wired to over-react to just about everything (heat, noise, light, barometric changes) and the fact that my “office” is in perhaps the hottest room in the house, I’ve been in a bit of a rut since about the time when people started setting off fireworks. In June. That said, I’ve started working on the next book already. Yeah. I know. I just published New World. I don’t think this one is going to be out until sometime next year though, at the rate I write lately. Who knows? I might surprise myself.
In my last update I mentioned that my list had a three-way tie between another Redgate novel, a mythology collection, or the first of Esper’s prequels. I’ve decided on writing the prequels, since there’s five of them to get through and I can’t wait to meet everyone he meets. The series is tentatively titled Raven-friend’s Saga, or, in Old Norse, Hrafnavinasaga. Yup. The first book, currently going by the working title of “Oisinson,” follows Esper, his brother, and their best friend in their life way back in the old days when Boreas was still Boreas. One of the main characters is a weaver, since it’s something he can do that doesn’t require a lot of moving around.
Now, I like a bit of realism in my stories. Part of the reason very few horses show up in the books is because I’ve never ridden a horse in my life, even though I live down the street from a couple of gorgeous chestnuts. I actually have a saber, a bo-staff, and a bow, all of which I use for standing up and choreographing fight scenes when they’re being tricky (and I’m trained in one of those), which is why my characters tend to use pole-arms when they aren’t casting spells. I’ve studied HEMA and Kenpo. Everything I know about sailing I learned from my dad’s sci-fi books and playing AC: Black Flag. My sister pointed out once that this makes me a “method writer.” Which is like a method actor, but my screen is a blank page, and my actors aren’t myself.
I’ve never had a character who weaves before. I’ve never woven before, at least not in any historical way. So I decided to try my hand at tablet weaving, just to get a feel for it. It is so much harder than it looks. Especially if you don’t have a loom to work on. My back is so sore, but now I know. This kid – he’s older than me, but his elven heritage means he’s still a kid – must have the most amazing posture. It makes me think of my days in high school band, playing French Horn. When your instrument is the same size as your torso, you learn to have good posture real fast, otherwise you can’t reach the mouthpiece.
So that’s where I’ve been this month. I’m only three-thousand words into Oisinson right at the moment but it’s going to be a while until the end. I’m super excited to see what these kids do.
See you next month, probably!