It may not be entirely necessary to make a post stating my intentions for the next round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, but it’s a nice excuse to have something easy to write about on a weekend where everything’s all thrown out of whack because I had an Unexpected Social life this weekend…on the same week that I’ve been working 50+ hours.
So let’s talk goals. The next round starts July 4th, and my goal for those 80 days is pretty freaking ambitious. In 2007, the same year I graduated college, I finally finished a book. The start of an epic chain of many other books, Serpent in a Cage tells the story of a hapless (of course!) band of mercenaries, stuck in a strange land because of a job gone bad, and wanting to get the hell out of there. Unfortunately, they can’t find a job to save their lives, until Locke Battarack, their brooding leader, catches wind of a woman held captive in a small city up north, and decides that it might be worth their while and find her and hold her hostage for the people trying to free her. Of course, it’s never that simple. Turns out, there’s all sorts of Prophesies setting into effect here, Prophesies that bring about the rebirth of the world after it had fallen with the banishment of the gods thousands of years ago.
It’s a simple story, a starting story, where the books following it will become more complicated and entrenched. In it’s current state, it’s roughly 200 double space typed pages. My goal (should I choose to accept it) is to completely rewrite it. I’ve been working on some edits slowly through the years, but I’ve decided that I want to take it with a different approach, focusing on fewer characters and letting some of the auxiliary plots manifest in other books. The current draft will work as a sort of skeleton for the meat and bones of the new draft.
Rewriting a whole book in 80 days? It might be a hefty challenge, but I’m really looking forward to giving it a try! Wish me luck!