Nerding up the Prologue: Footnotes!

I just had an epiphany.

I am going to move most of the newly introduced made-up secondary world names from the very first “book excerpt” (about the Flats) into the footnotes, immediately following it, so people who do not care, can skip them and keep reading.

And those nerds who do care, can read footnotes!

I am a nerd, of course, but being hammered by a dozen made-up names of places on the first page seems a bit cruel…

Another Thought

On marketing: release a fragment of the book on WriteOn. (this one is from Dar)

I like it. Which portion is debatable. While the prologue is, basically, a self-contained short (well, a 14,000 words short) story, it is seemingly unrelated to the events of the book, yet it is a clear character introduction, and the world-building is rather different from what I read before.

Another idea: release a free chapter in an audiobook form (guess, who would be asked to narrate :-)…)

I am thinking The Orange Tent, for it is a single female POV, and that chapter is directly related to the story, and has a small-scale, but quite inciting event for my main female character.

Just thinking…

The tally of words as of today: 325,566 out of (tentatively) 400,000. I like round even numbers.

The Concept of a Prophecy

It is not the question of whether there should be one. Of course, there should, I am writing a fantasy novel after all. The challenge is to approach the Prophecy from a different angle, and so far the idea is that the prophecies are made by people, and the people are often wrong.

So the six versions of the Recital of Sacrifice, which are in use in five Regions of Western Domain and a Westerner’s settlement in Zurbah, are admittedly different, and I made sure that it is known from the very beginning of the book.

Ngale studies all versions in search of a system, which would allow him to put the described/foretold events in a meaningful order, and expecting them to happen, while Illai scrutinizes the events, which actually took place, arranging them into a grid of foretold ones, and trying to decide if the pattern makes sense.

The trick is to make the Prophecy questionable and believable at the same time, giving the reader a freedom to choose, which parts of it to believe, and which to disregard until further development of the story, to provoke and tease at the same time…

Structural Amendments

I have decided to continue with the Flats theme throughout the whole book, so I am inserting interludes between the parts, carrying on with Barge, Squirrel and Duck story. I just feel like dropping the whole world of the Flats after the prologue is a waste of an interesting and rather unusual settings for some hard-core action.

Thus the structure will be:


Part I

Interlude I

Part II

Interlude II

Part III


More words to write, hex it.