This is going to be a brainstorming session for my February novel, so feel free to skip if you don’t want to read my ramblings.
OK, going to start writing today. Need to get the ball rolling. The challenge in this novel lies in the political system I am positing but don’t have the time to create. How to simulate a realistic inter-tribal system of relations while creating it on the fly? I suppose I’ll find out. The form of this novel, its scope, is still in flux. Just humans and orcs? Open it to all the other races? I don’t think so, no elves or dwarfs. What about dragons? Trolls and ogres? I could go for trolls and ogres. Trolls, ogres, goblins and orcs. The chieftains can ride on Kodiak bears. Stone trolls, a la Warhammer.
So only 28 days in Feb. Means about 76,000 words. I’m going to have to type extra to fit the whole book in.
I need names. Name for the book. Blood Mountain? Apotheosis of War? Burning the World? I can’t tell if those work or if they’re too cliched.