From the Spices of Sanandira – Part 1
Part 1 of my novelette, "From the Spices of Sanandira," is now live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Part 2 will be released later in the month, and also—drumroll, please!—BCS is holding a giveaway for two copies of The Winds of Khalakovo! Details for the giveaway are here.
This is an interesting story from the perspective of my evolution as a writer. I wrote the first draft of this way back in 2005. It was after I'd been to the Writers of the Future workshop and award ceremony, and I'd decided I wanted to tackle a larger short story. It's been through quite a few revisions since then, but what I find interesting is that the seeds of Winds are in this story, at least some of them. Read it, and you'll quickly see what I mean.
I've also been mulling taking this world and expanding on it for a novel. One of my favorite book series as a teen was the Thieves World series. I loved Sanctuary, this massive city in the armpit of the Rankan Empire. It was so filled with everything I like in my novels: intrigue, magic, politics, thieves. Armies, gods, mages. I just ate that stuff up. I took much of what I remembered from Sanctuary and created Sanandira. It's not a copy. I don't remember it well enough to do that. But it's certainly an homage of sorts. It's a world I like, and one that I'd like to delve into more to see what comes of it. I'm not sure yet whether it'll blossom into a fully fledged novel, but I think it might…
In any case, enjoy. I'm very pleased to have the story out there, and I hope you like it too.