Introducing My Newest WIP: Know the Novel #1

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Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn! Man, I haven't typed that in a while.

The wonderful Christine @ Musings of an Elf recently created a linkup called Know the Novel to replace the NaNo edition of Beautiful People. Basically, during October, November, and December, you answer questions about the novel you're writing. I love a good linkup (and I just started a new project), so let's dive in!

1. What first sparked the idea for this novel? So in case you didn't get the memo, I just finished a novel. I've been working on it nonstop for three years, and it's completely wrung out my writing juices. So I've decided to return to my oldest novella series, a comedy about cops in a fantasy world, to just kind of write freestyle without worrying about what anyone would think of it. Because I already know I'm not sharing these with anyone because I wrote most of them when I was around 11. So there's no pressure to make it good for beta readers or any potential future agents.

2. Share a blurb!

Six months after he nearly unraveled time and five after he saved the Emperor's life, Horatio's efforts to reform the Watch are finally being noticed. But as his ranks swell, they're infiltrated by the top spies from the city's worst mobs. Horatio's pretty sure he can handle them -- until a new mobster comes to town, one who completely destabilizes the delicate power balance that has kept the city from falling into chaos for years. And as if that isn't enough, a mysterious serial killer starts sweeping through the city, murdering mobsters left and right. 
As the Watch becomes entangled in the city's darkest parts, another problem arises. For Horatio, this case is purely business. For Casimir, it's personal.
Because the closer Horatio gets to unraveling the mystery, the closer he gets to Casimir's darkest secrets. And if he uncovers them, there will be nowhere left to run.

This also seems like a decent place to slide in with the title, which I'm realizing I haven't shared yet. It's called That Once Was Mine. Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled post.

3. Where does the story take place? What are some of your favorite aspects about the setting? It takes place in a fantasy world I created when I was, again, 11, so it is, again, not great. It's kind of like a whimsical twist on Victorian England where there are ghosts and dwarves and other fantasy creatures randomly walking the streets. I did, however, draw out a map of the entire city years ago, so I have lots of developed locations already in my mind that could be potentially cool scene settings. So that's rad.

4. Tell us about your protagonist. Aha! Here's a fact about this novel. This series contains the prototypes of many characters from my other novels, including Horatio Aradassian from the Death of the Skies series. So he's the main character here as well! In case you're not caught up on all the characters from my decidedly mediocre fantasy epic, here's a quick summary of Horatio as he appears in this book, which differs slightly from DotS:

  • Formerly homeless, now the Commander of the City Watch. Which is a decided improvement.
  • Struggling with alcoholism
  • Has lots of emotions but doesn't want to show them
  • Kind of hates everyone except the 2.5 people he really hates
  • Stubborn, brash, and hot-tempered, but also firmly sticks to his values 

5. Who (or what?) is the antagonist? Oof. Many people. Partially because it's not difficult to antagonize Horatio, but also because there are a lot of morally grey characters in this story. The primary antagonist is the mysterious serial killer, but lots of the gang leaders and spies featured in this book are antagonistic towards Horatio's goals as well.


7. Is this going to be a series? Standalone? Something else? It's already part of a series. A series that could technically be considered a prequel series to Death of the Skies, but I'd have to heavily edit it to make the character backgrounds and worldbuilding consistent.

8. Are you plotting? Pantsing? Plantsing? In my younger days aka like two years ago, I was a chronic pantser. And it somehow worked? But now I'm an obsessive plotter. I can't even write a chapter unless I've thoroughly outlined it.

9. Name a few things that make this story unique. As I mentioned before, it's technically a huge crossover for all my series universes. This is the series that spawned a lot of characters I took and used in other works -- like Horatio, Casimir, and Cyrus. So going back to this original source material, I'm working with earlier versions of the characters and getting to update them as and if and when I please. Having a bunch of usually separate characters in one story is like Infinity War on steroids.

10. Share a fun "extra" of the story (a few songs or full playlist, aesthetic, Pinterest board, collage, map, ANYTHING!). Have an autographed collage of some of the main characters. 

I think that's all for this post! Thank you again to the lovely Christine for hosting this linkup! What are you writing right now? Do you remember what your first stories were about? What do you do to rejuvenate your writing when you just feel tired? Comment below, and have a lovely day.

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  1. Your novel sounds EPIC. And Horatio? Casimir? Sounds to me like you are an excellent namer! <3 I am really loving the setting idea, too. 'A whimsical twist on Victorian England' sounds just like something I'd like to read about. Such a unique idea.

    Horatio sounds like such a gritty, real guy. I like the heroes who are a bit rough around the edges, not the perfect little chosen ones.

    ~ your fellow El(e)anor

    1. Thank you, ahhh!! I agree :) I especially love the ones who struggle with how far their conscience extends, you know?

  2. First of all, CONGRATS ON FINISHING A NOVEL!!!! That is the BEST feeling in the world, and it sounds like you've been working so hard on it. EEP. That is so exciting!

    Secondly, cops in a fantasy world??? I. LOVE. THIS. IDEA! It sounds like SUCH a fun time! I also really like how you're just allowing yourself to have fun with it. I think we all need a project like that now and again. But seriously, this sounds like so much fun, oh my goodness.

    And I'm with Elanor, your names are EPIC. I was thinking that while reading the post. I especially adore Casimir, Kaelor, and Karissa (I apparently have an affinity for K sounding names. XD what my name is. Lolz.)


    And thank you for joining the linkup!!! It made me so happy! ^_^

    1. THANK YOU! It is; it's so relieving. It feels like all the time and work I've been pouring into it is finally justified.

      I LOVE K SOUNDING NAMES. I think about 3/4 of my characters have either K or A names in one of my stories that takes place in a Slavic-inspired fantasy world. Now, I could fix that, or I could, alternatively, not.

      Thank you for hosting!! It was a ton of fun.

  3. Sounds interesting! Love the idea of a whimsical Victorian, England.

  4. This sounds so fun! And I completely get what you mean about all the expectations and how draining they can be on your creativeness. This NaNo I'm going to be working on a project I've been passionate about for a long time and it'll give me a break from all the hard editing I've had to do :D
    Horatio sounds like a very cool character. I love the fact that he loves everyone except those two he REALLY hates!
    All the best with this :)

  5. Cop comedy + fantasy novel? That is a fabulous combination I never would have thought of.

    Morally gray characters are my favorites! They are super hard to write, but tons of fun to read/watch. I'm going to attempt to do the same thing this NaNo with my Peter Pan retelling. Of course, morally gray might be a bit of an understatement, since by the end of the novel, my protagonist is a full on villain. But writing the descent into madness should be fun!

    I used to be a pantser, but I ditched a ton of books that way whenever I got stuck halfway through. Now I outline everything: novels, short stories, essays, blog posts, it doesn't matter. Outlining has really helped me see projects through to the end.

    I love the collage! I spend way too much time on Pinterest for each of my books. But it's such a fun way to procrastinate. xD

    1. Thanks! I k n o w, right? Sometimes I get a liiiiittle tired of all the morally grey characters in YA these days; it feels like some authors just throw in morally grey characters just to have them. But I love when they're used in ways that make sense (Six of Crows) or are unconventional (like, if I may be allowed to toot my own horn for a moment, as cops).

      I KNOW RIGHT? I'm not procrastinating, I'm . . . building my platform. (Or so I tell myself.)

  6. Oh my goodness your book sounds so interesting!! I LIVE for crime shows/books. They're my favorite haha. And the setting sounds super interesting as well :)

    Also congrats on finishing a novel! That's a huge accomplishment.

  7. Ooh--this sounds like an awesome story! <3


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