As I said in the title, I’m at PaizoCon, and am writing this in advance. Not much will be happening for word count this week, but with any luck it’ll just be a one-week vacation. That said, I’m not leaving you completely in the lurch. Tomorrow the automated launch of another chapter of Into the Eternal Wood goes out to my mailing list, and below I’m adding a basic overview of what will be going into Before the Godsrage.
Before the Godsrage is intended to be a 3-novella anthology. I’m starting with the stories the farthest back in time, and moving toward the present. Each core character will be one who has been at least mentioned in Ancient Ruins or Spells of Old. I’m going to do my best not to spoil the plots. Also note that at present, only Into the Eternal Wood has been written, so some minor details may change (or major).
Marin’s Codex: This story follows the research of Marin into the nature of magic, finally codifying the rules in a way that allows anyone to use magic, at least in theory. This will discuss how magic works in a way that never fit into the Ancient Dreams trilogy. I anticipate this being 30,000 – 40,000 words, but we’ll see.
Into the Eternal Wood: Following the original Sistina Constella, this is the story of her journey to meet a nymph who is mentioned in the prologue of Ancient Ruins, and expands on what occurred there. While eventful, this contains little conflict, and much in the way of world-building. This story is just over 20,000 words in length.
The Looming Shadows: This follows Kassandra Sunseeker, and how a human vampire joined the Everium Academy of Magic as a teacher. As the shadows of the Godsrage itself loom over the country, it shows what was happening, and what people were thinking as it went on. Alone of the three stories, this one does not have a full outline as of yet, but I’m hoping to get 20,000 – 30,000 words out of it.
There you go, a teaser of what’s to come! Or, in the case of Ancient Dreams… a teaser of what has already occurred.