The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourish in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May.
Oh boy. This one is going to be a short one because well…
I’VE DONE PRETTY MUCH NO WRITING THIS WEEK. Long story short, nursing school threw a lot at me this week, I’ve put one of my major writing projects on the backburner, and I’ve been outlining a new project SO HERE’S AN UPDATE BECAUSE I HAVE A SCHEDULE AND I’M DETERMINED TO STICK TO IT.
First off let me address Kingsbane. As some of you may have heard, I will be putting this WIP on the back burner for now. As I said in my last update, I’ve run into some rather ravenous plot bunnies regarding the world that the story of Kingsbane inhabits. That is to say, I’ve been hit with some worldbuilding ideas that will very much affect Kingsbane in its entirety. So while I am reluctant to set this particular project aside, I am excited to see what this new project will unravel in the world of Istera, and how it will affect Kingsbane.
I’m tentatively naming the new project ‘Prequel’ until I come up with a better title. (Current wordcount: 0)
NOTE: When I was drafting Kingsbane, a LOT of scenes for Prequel made it in. HOWEVER I’m in the process of outlining the story of Prequel, which might mean that these scenes might not even make it in. So we’ll consider the standing wordcount as 0.
I’m currently in the process of outlining the plot for Prequel, which is coming along quite nicely. The summary has given me one heck of a time though. I know where I want it to start, I know how I want it to end it’s JUST GETTING THERE THAT’S THE HARD PART BECAUSE WORDS AND WRITING ARE HARD.
Anyway, here’s my rough summary for Prequel:
Something, or rather someone, has nearly destroyed the Imperial College. Despite boasting some of the finest magical defenses, nothing could have prepared the Empire’s most prestigious school of magic for a mysterious explosion. To make matters worse, Emperor Reginus has fallen deathly ill and a palace healer is blamed for his sudden sickness.
With the nobles of the Empire and the Arcanath pointing fingers, the Imperial Enchanter calls for an investigation from the Hounds - an elite task force dedicated to investigating abuse of magic in both the Empire and the Free Kingdoms.
Though Hounds have high standing in the free kingdoms, they’re viewed little better than mercenaries in the Empire. Thus, Hound Saveron finds himself mired in political intrigue as he strives to uncover just what happened to the Emperor and to the College.
Met with sealed lips and wary eyes of nobility, and the cautiousness from the residents of the Empire, Saveron is met with the truly daunting task of unraveling the mystery of what truly happened.
It’s bizarre enough that the fugitive healer is leaving him a trail of clues leading him straight to the College. Even more baffling is the startling discovery that whatever leveled several buildings at the College came from the within the school. But as Saveron pursues the healer further and further into the web of politics strung about the Empire, he uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to shake the world as he knows it to its core.
One Way Cafe (Current wordcount: 3,267)
I’m still in Chapter 4, having added a couple hundred words. But we’re finally in the bookstore, Phil’s being infuriatingly enigmatic as ever, and a certain librarian makes her first appearance.
UM. HAVE A SNIPPET!
“Do try not to knock over anything.” Phil started, just as Aaron toppled over a stack of books.
Sophie cast a chastising look over her shoulder at Aaron who shrugged nonchalantly, an apologetic grin on his face.
“Sorry.” He reached down and shifted the books upright.
Aaaaaaaaaand that concludes my update! I’m planning to finish my outline for Prequel this weekend and hopefully start writing come Monday. I’m excited y’all. :)
We cannot get enough of our Out of Print stacks here at OUP Oxford. Our latest treasure hunt for our Shakespeare-related publishing has revealed these colourful books from an old series called Oxford Shakespeare Concordances. Now, all these plays are in our Oxford World’s Classics series.