I have updated the “Avian and the Dragon” page with chapter one of my novel-in-progress. I have been writing like a madman and I am nearing the end of this story. I still have some editing to do, but its starting to look more and more like the story that I had imagined at the beginning. Let me know what you think. Thanks!
I did it! I’m not sure how exactly, but I have finished my first novel manuscript! “Avian and the Dragon” is officially in the next stage of development, and I am very excited about the progress. My next goal is to add to it and have it edited within the next few months and to have it ready for publishing by April of next year. Exciting times!
This month I’m taking part in the National Novel Writing Month challenge! I’m committed to writing 50,000 words towards one of my story concepts. The two that I considered working on the most are, “Avian”, and “Contingency” story concept that I have been developing. Well, it’s the third day of the challenge and I can say that I’ve committed my writing energy to furthering Avian’s story. I’m very excited about breathing further life into this novel, and at the same time it’s terrifying. Making a commitment to this challenge is both an exciting and a daunting task. Anyway, here’s to a whole lot of writing! Wish me luck!
Here’s the first draft of the kingdoms’ coats of arms.
I’ve finally completed the map of Drekland which is where Avian’s story takes place. I’ve also been working on the next few chapters. Here’s the map:
Note: Avian’s from Rykhild which is the capital city of Balfore.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!
Today I updated my draft with two more chapters for Avian and the Dragon. I updated the site so that each story is organized with its own separate page. Those pages can be accessed through the menu. Eventually, I will actually have content on those pages. Ha!
“Quorr” is natural energy that flows through Halvar, and “Quorra” is the use of this energy by those who can wield it. In the early days of Halvar, Sendrol created seven rifts in the earth, where quorr could be drawn out for his use.
Artwork credit goes to my friend, Micah Brown.
My father was a great king whose life was wrought with tragedy and pain. Even through the darkest of times he would become a beacon of hope for those living in the time of shadow. The beginning of the first century was marked by their arrival and my father, Aglorad, was still in his mother’s womb. It was a new world for those who had sailed from across the sea, but the world that they had arrived to was anything but new. Ancient, inhabited and full of quorr was the realm of Halvar.
The journeying elves and humans had longed for a peaceful existence and were in search of a new beginning. As a gesture of peace and goodwill Ecrendel, the elven king, had granted the accompanying humans the ability to perform quorra which gave them prolonged life. It is because of their elven gift that the Halvian race came to be and the beginning of the second century saw the forming of their kingdom.
The kingdoms of Halvar prospered and the peace that was sought after truly seemed possible. Those native to Halvar had never used quorr because no one possessed the ability to wield it. They respected quorr and some even worshiped its power and connection with all living things. With the arrival of the elves in Halvar the native people became troubled and fearful, even though the elves meant them no harm.
There were those that had travelled with Ecrendel who deeply disagreed with the king’s gift to the accompanying humans. Chief among those in disagreement was Sendrol. He resented Ecrendel’s gesture and sought to destroy the halvian. It was during this time that a division formed amongst those living in the realm fueled by fear and greed.
Sendrol went out and formed seven rifts in the earth from which he drew out dark quorr in order to gain its power and destroy the elven king. He wanted to restore the full control of quorr to the elves, but in attempting so he became consumed by its power. Many were corrupted by Sendrol and his use of dark quorra. Sensing the fear within the native kingdoms Sendrol manipulated many of the people to rise up against the elves and halvian with promises of greater power for themselves.
A century would pass during which time Sendrol and his forces grew stronger. Corruption and crime plagued every city and rumors of a disease that would rot the infected quickly spread from the dark corners of the realm. Fear was running rampant and people became more restless with the ever-growing signs of war.
The following stories take place amid the third century. Ecrendel and the Halvian kings have joined together to defeat the powerful dark lord Sendrol. It is during this time that my father Aglorad, king of Theylofeal, dispatched the Brynjar to seek out and destroy the seven quorr rifts along with the rift wardens that guard them.
I’ve been working on these “Scene Drafts” for Avian and the Dragon (which is a working title by the way) and it’s because that’s how I write best. I’ve tried different methods to write my stories, but nothing felt right. As soon as I started writing the scenes out that kept playing in my mind I was actually able to communicate them on paper.
I do have a rough outline for each story concept but they are likely to change or be tweaked during the writing process because of my writing style. I like this though because it’s like I’m going on this adventure with my characters, which is fun.
I’ll be updating Avian more frequently than my other projects just because that is what I’m currently focused on. My mind does like to wonder, so when a story has my attention I try not to get distracted.
It’s taken me six months, but I’ve finally done it. I’ve finally posted to this website! The goal is to fill this site up with my story concepts, works in progress, and random blogs about the writing process. Why? I have no idea, other than it sounds fun.