First off, the Awakenings part of this entry–I’ve written the ending. I know, right? I’m probably months away in writing and years away in posting from the end of the whole story, which will quite frankly probably span about fifteen years of in-character time (much more compressed in the writing, I promise! I really have no real intention of having days take up as many chapters as Day Zero did, I swear.), but I’ve already written the ending.
The ending, of course, sets up everything for the eventual sequel (which I may or may not start writing long before Awakenings has ended), Ambrose, which is about Lin, Thom and Marin’s son, and his eventual adventures in the world that his parents witnessed the birth of.
In essence, Awakenings is about not only survival, but witnessing the return of magic and wonder to the world–the reawakening of preternatural things that modern science could not understand and had almost managed to destroy. It’s about figuring out what kind of power your inborn affinities hold and about how you can affect the world around you through the strength of your will. It’s about friendship and love and starting over at the end of everything. It’s about not giving up even though you want to, and the power of love.
I know where the first year will end, too, but the road to getting there is going to be fun (and maybe depressing, sometimes), to say the least. I’m partway through the writing of Chapter 8, which will be hitting the site throughout July (it may run into August, but we’ll see what happens there). I’ve got notes on things that happen throughout the storyline at large, but not everything has a set time frame. Things will happen, I imagine, as the muse instructs.
I hope it keeps talking and doesn’t run off with Katie’s inner child to Tahiti, because that would be bad (though oddly fitting, since it’s conversations with Katie that made me write Awakenings in the first place).
Other random bits…
Finished reading Perfect Shadow by Brent Weeks. If you have not read the Night Angel Trilogy, read it. Then read this Durzo Blint novella. It was simply awesome and I read it in…probably about two hours, all told. Maybe three, but I was distracted by people.
And finally….this. (Mostly for you, Bits. Consider it payback for Iridescent. Which is pretty much Thom’s song for Marin, by the way.)