Winds update…

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I'm into the second chapter, which is a pretty cool feeling. I'm planning on writing three chapters, editing them, and then sending those to a few interested parties to see how the tone and opening feel.

So far, I'm liking the feel of it, though I know I have to be much more conscious of the milieu. One culture is taken directly from late medieval Russian, the other is a conglomerate of Persian and Tibetan (Buddhist) cultures, though in both cases I'm taking strong liberties because I don't want them to be carbon copies of Earth culture. The point is that I want to strongly evoke the feel of those cultures while making the world itself feel unique and interesting. I'm finding myself falling into some old writing habits, so I think I need to be conscious of that and really push myself to make the world come alive. But part of that happens as I learn more about the cultures through writing. I know that some of what I'm writing now will have to be combed over carefully because by the time I'm done writing the book, my ideas about these peoples will have changed radically.

But that's what the first major rewrite is for, right? Nothing to worry about just yet…