Winner NaNoWriMo 2008


Fight the Scourge!

The Scourge is the mysterious antangonist behind the sequence of books that fall under the Lands of Night and Day title. 

The first book in the series is set in Galveston, Texas in the year 1900 and is (tentatively) titled The Great Storm.  In it, we only get a glimpse of the evil of The Scourge as strange events haunt the survivors of the hurricane that devastated the city. 

The second book starts off the story of Caya Key; in 2008, Hurricane Omar suddenly changes track and heads towards the small town in the Florida Keys.  Displaced, part one follows the story of those caught in the storm as they find themselves no longer in our world...

The Displaced story will spread over 2 or 3 volumes as the inhabitants, notably Francis O'Brien, a criminal on the run, and his brother, US Marshal Michael O'Brien, strive to make sense of what has happened to them.

The final story arc of Lands of Night and Day will take place in another book/series of books as the rift between the worlds is torn asunder and the final battle against The Scourge begins.

December 2nd, 2008:  Well, 50884 words into the book and I won NaNo for this year, but the story is FAR from complete.  At this point, they've been thrust into the Day Lands and things are happening quickly for our protagonists.  We've already met many of the inhabitants, from the Paladin Tala, who kidnaps Nikki, to the goblin Ten's tribe and family... and there are suprises aplenty for everyone. 

The Scourge is there, too, but we're not quite sure what it is up to... no good, you can be sure of that. 

March 30th, 2009: Having had almost four months to dwell on the story, I realise that, as it stands, it's not working for me.  I'm not going to throw it out, but there needs to be some SERIOUS changes going on.  There was a lot of (surprisingly) good, meaty relationship stuff in there.  Much, if not most, of that will stay, mostly untouched.  What will change is the details.. I need to finesse things a bit. 

Being that 2009 is the year of Poo Bah, I don't see this being a remote priority - if nothing else, I think it best that I go back to the setup story, The Great Storm and write that first - in there we first meet Ten, the one character who will be in most, if not all, of the books.  (Well, Ten, and I guess The Scourge...)

last updated 03.30.2009