I've been inspired by pirate lore as of late.
Consider this a teaser to something special coming soon, brought by yours truly!
I think this upcoming short story series will do me good in storming character ideas and conflict for the other worlds I am working on. As eager as I am to tell the story of Elysium-- I feel as though I must first get my sea legs in character creation and conflict plotting. Most importantly, I will finally be able to go beyond my daily freeform poetry to share some of the worlds and characters I have created.
Friends, I will be candid with you. True to my stubborn nature, I ignored all warnings of the difficulty in pulling off a dual protagonist novel-- especially if said novel would be the first I were to publish.
After spending much time trying to figure the flaws and and backstory for Ellie and Jacksen, I realized that perhaps I needed to step back.
Elysium (albeit, perhaps a working title) has been my baby for the past 2 years. Alright-- I know some of you are thinking it, so I'll even link the video for you:
Jokes aside, here is a quick lesson I have learned upon committing myself to this novel: Great stories take time-- especially if you mean to say something beyond the fulfilling your role as an entertainer.
I have always written with the philosophy that the making of a great story is a meaningful message, and I want to make sure that I project my voice with creative articulation.
While I wish to have this novel done as soon as possible, it is also important to me that I translate my vision the way I had always meant to: as a dual-hero story.
With that being said--From the catacombs of my muses and creative upbringings, I have pulled some of my most beloved themes and ideas to create a new series of tales set in the 1700's following a pirate captain in the making. As she is thrown into episodic trials of daring exploration and determined vengeance to discover what it truly means to be a leader and legend in the making.
Along with featuring original characters, these tales will have our beloved anti-hero crossing paths with other seafaring legends such as Anne Bonny, Captain Kidd, Calico Jack, and of course-- Edward Teach.
I am incredibly thrilled about this project and look forward to sharing more soon! For myself, this series will be like a great adventure while also coming home to my roots of romanticism.
With all this said, I want to finish with this:
I by no means consider myself a master of fiction, which is why I must ask my fellow fanatics of the Song of Ice and Fire series to stop rushing dear ol' Mr. R.R. Martin. I have been trying to make the story arcs of my two protagonists blend together without making the other appear weak for some time (granted, again I am a first-timer). I can hardly imagine the work that had to be put in to make all of the pieces of Westeros dance so effortlessly together-- all while taking and breaking your heart at the same time.
As always, I tip my hat to that mad genius.