Winds, Part the Second, has begun

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The Winds of Khalakovo, book two, has begun in earnest. I'm still playing with the title, but for now I'm going with The Straits of Baiyaal.

I'm buzzing with excitement to get moving on this book. Things always move slowly for me in the beginning of new projects, though. I suppose this is par for the course for writers tackling new projects, but I get pretty hung up on things like names. I can't write a character until I know their name. Same with places. I have to get that down before I can move on. It sort of defines the character or the place for me. Cements it. There are several new characters coming into play in this book from the neighboring Empire of Yrstanla, which I'm loosely modeling after the Ottoman Empire circa 1600. One of the main characters will be the Emperor. After steeping myself in the names of people and places during that time, I think I've finally found something I can work with. His name is Hakan ül Ayese, Kamarisi of Yrstanla. It was common to tack on tons of honorifics, to sort of aggrandize their status, but in this case, at least for now, I think I'll largely forgo those things.

Onward and upward!


  1. Kelly Swails

    June 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Yay, Brad! Go go go!!!

  2. Brad

    June 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks, Kelly!