Eleven days of NaNo are behind me. I’m on a good pace. I hit 15,000 words two days ago. That put me ahead, but I’m a smidgen behind now. My yearly audit at work kept me from writing the last two days.
Only three days so far where I haven’t written anything.
Part of the reason I’ve been so consistent is that this project really excites me. It’s called The Unspoken.
This story is darker than anything I’ve previously written. Even though I’m discovery writing it, I did this on purpose.
My inspiration came from the final years of the kingdom of Judah. I was finishing up teaching the book of Jeremiah with Lamentations and Ezekiel just around the corner. Despite an underlying thread of God’s grace, not exactly cheerful material. It’s hard to imagine presiding over the death of a nation like those two prophets did.
Which led me to a thought. What would it be like living in a nation that’s dying?
Thus began my foray into dark fantasy. So far it’s sad and a bit unnerving. My first readers responded positively, but definitely had the heebie-jeebies. I feel like it’s my best work so far.
The story follows three characters.
A soldier hell-bent on avenging his father’s death.
A scholar who discovers an ancient myth is real.
A princess who finds her family at odds with her uncle, the king.
I plan on it being a trilogy, but for now am enjoying every page 🙂 Come back next week for more!