|Some WIP art of Arrious and a "friend" by Eric Quigley|
So, with that knowledge in mind, I decided to take some time off and allow my ideas for part 2 simmer. This coincided nicely with the fact that my time in Sri Lanka was rapidly coming to a close and a huge move (with the whole family) loomed. I needed to focus on preparations, setting affairs in order, saying good by, and packing... not to mention a lot of traveling by air and car. In the ample amount of stolen time here and there, I mulled over part 2.
In the interim, I visited Ireland, saw some cool castles, and made it back to the States with all its amazing amenities.
Part 1 was all about establishing baselines. We now know the Car'Had members and have a fairly god idea about their motivations and capabilities. Part 2 needs to be putting that all to the test. Jarious is a leader, as established in part 1 -- why is that important? What does he do with those skills? Most importantly, how does he deal with the dark ignorances of his life? At its core, Precipice is about sacrifices and the things people have to do in order to cope with their decisions made in light of those sacrifices.
Sacrifice, as my wise wife reminds me, isnt a sacrifice if there isnt discomfort and, yes, pain involved.
And that was my revelation and a rekindling of the fire in my belly to write. Part 2 is about pain. I'm 52,000 words into this beast, and its time for the wolflings to experience the pain of their sacrifice. There will be a cost to their actions.
There will be victory, death, small "G" gods, betrayal, paranoia, and destruction. Stay tuned, after I do some editing, I'll post a chapter or two.
Funny, that also seems appropriate to the act of writing part 2.