Finally, it’s here! Not Independence Day (though I do wish all my fellow American’s a happy, fun, and safe one; I will be working for most of it, so have a hamburger and a beer for me!), but the start of the next round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, which will be my first full round and carries quite a hefty goal.
My plan is to rewrite my novel, Serpent in a Cage, mostly using the current draft as a skeletal guide but brushing it up, cleaning it up, making it better. The main focus is going to be on condensing the story into the perspective of just three main characters, while still explanding on it and making it a richer experience. I intend to have at least one chapter finished by each check-in post. It should be interesting so see how this balances out with my other projects and personal goals, but I’m incredibly excited to start breaking ground on it today.
Serpent in the Cage is the tale of two young men and their rag-tag group of bandits stuck in an unpleasant (in their opinion, anyway) desert continent thanks to a job gone bad. Locke Mandrake Battarack isn’t about to just sit around letting everyone be miserable; he is supposed to be the leader, after all, though he is clearly still very young, impressionable, and has a lot of growing up to do. Still, he manages to catch wind of a plot to rescue some imprisoned woman from a city just north of where they are; he hatches up the idea that they should go and steal the girl first, and hold her as ransom in hopes to get money to return home. Naturally, things can never be that simple, and their attempts turn into a fulfillment of an ancient prophesy that will change their life forever.
It’s the start of what I hope will end up being a long and prosperous series, so the first book is a little lighter, a little more simple, than subsequent books will be. It’s a bit of a caper in which to introduce not only the characters but the start of all these crazy prophesies about the world that sparks the epicness that follows later.
Wish me luck! I’m off to write!