We had a busy weekend as Carol and I went to Toronto to see a Michael Buble concert. It was very entertaining, and in addition to being an incredible singer, he made an excellent host, chatting with the crowd and bringing people up on stage. Monday, however, it was back to work.
I’ve been outlining some additional changes to make to Baron Fitzwilliam’s origin story, and I must say it’s looking quite promising. I had originally intending to make it a novella, but I believe it’ll actually end up being a full-blown novel. I also revisited Burden of the Crown, rewriting the ending somewhat. I felt it need some extra punch to it, but also a little humour (thank you, Jack Marlowe.)
Tomorrow, I look forward to returning to The Making of a Man. I’m currently only about 6,000 words in, but I have extensive outline notes. I drew some interesting parallels to Sword of Crown. I like the idea that Beverly’s childhood was similar in some ways to her father's, and yet in other ways quite different. In any event, I think his story will quite clearly explain why Fitz is the way he is and how he became the epitome of nobility.
Until next time,
Having complete Burden of the Crown last week, I found myself at a bit of a crossroads, with too many stories on my mind. I have thus spent the last two days working on rough outlines for not one, but two stories. The first is Embers, and forms the second story in the Frozen Flame series, the other is called The Making of a Man, the origin story for Richard Fitzwilliam, the Baron of Bodden.
Embers now consists of a chapter by chapter breakdown, but The Making of a Man had caused me some concern as I struggled to come up with the main plot. The answer came as Carol and I were walking the dogs. Now, I need only fill in the details, then write it. I’m hoping it will be similar in length to Albreda’s origin story, The Call of Magic, though it may take a few more days to structure it to my satisfaction.
And what else have I been working on? Believe it or not, another series! I’ve been making some notes on Temple Knight, though it is still a very rough outline. Why am I giving myself all this work? Because one of the characters in Temple Knight plays a significant role in Embers! All of these stories have a certain amount of overlap, with secondary characters showing up in multiple series.
Well, that’s all I have time for now,
Until next time,
Today I released my new short novel, entitled Mercerian Tales: The Call of Magic, and it got me to thinking. Without giving too much away, it has some wolves in it, a topic which has always fascinated me. Please note that this does not mean I’d ever want one as a pet, they are wild animals and should remain so, in my humble opinion.
If you ever get a chance to see a documentary about wolves, I think you’d be surprised. There is a definite social order to their pack, and the leader looks after the rest. In addition, they mate for life, which is apparently a rarity among many other species. Why am I interested in all this? Writing, of course. Albreda’s origin story might be complete, but there are plenty of other stories out there.
This week, I was working on Burden of the Crown, and in the middle of the night, I came up with an idea concerning wolves. Of course, I can’t tell you what it is, so I’ll just leave it as a tease, but you might see one or more of these creatures in Burden, or the next book, Defender of the Crown (or the next, or the next, etc.). I’m sure I’ll get round to including them again at some point. Of course, I won’t have them just for the sake of throwing in some creature. They have to have meaning for the bigger story that’s unfolding.
By the way, if you want to see an interesting movie that features wolves, I can recommend one called Alpha. It takes place during prehistoric times and offers a story about how wolves and humans learned to work together. I found it riveting, but don’t expect much dialogue, it’s not that kind of movie. I suppose if you don’t like that, there’s always the dire wolves of Game of Thrones, but I found them woefully underutilized, impressive as they were.
Until next time,
I sit here, the day after Canada day, with a heavy heart. I have completed my viewing of all twelve seasons of Murdoch Mysteries, one of my favourites, along with the final season of Game of Thrones. Don’t worry, though, my binge watching of these shows has not slowed my writing in the least. (Well, okay, maybe it did today, but not most days.) I shall have to come up with some more creative ways of spending my evenings now. (Hmm, I do have that book on medieval knights to finish.)
Today, the editing for The Awakening, the short story prequel for Natalia Stormwind, was completed, and it’s now off to the BETA readers to get their feedback. Up next is Into the Fire, Athgar’s prequel, another short story. We still have to do a read-through on that and a little tweaking of the story-line, then it, too, will be sent off.
All in all, not a bad day. Now, if I can just get the Game of Thrones theme out of my head…
Until next time,
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Adventures.