Hunting for riches in a foreign land, a disgraced mercenary must marry a young matriarch who is hiding the fateful legacy of her enchanted silveriron tattoo.
I recently finished the first draft of my current work in progress Binding the Strays, which sees the mercenary protagonist selling himself into a ‘binding’ (marriage) with a young pastoralist, who takes him away from his poverty-stricken country and introduces him to the flourishing matriarchy of her own country.
Being a fantasy story, there’s whispers of magic, and plenty of settings and characters inspired by Australia’s countryside and history. The twist on social hierarchy and arranged marriages has been a fun one to explore.
At the moment I’m close to finishing my first read through, to get a feel for areas that need more attention, then I’ll pick up the red pen and get stuck into the second draft. I tend to knock out my first drafts without much description of settings, so one of my first jobs is to add flesh to the skeleton.
What are you writing at the moment? What approach do you use to revise and edit your work?
I look forward to your thoughts and advice in the comments below.
A few years back I did a trip to Hawai’i, with my favourite part being the time I spent on the Big Island. Not only did I get to drive one of my favourite cars, a Mustang, but I also visited the awesome Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. I followed the trail of Kīlauea Volcano, which has been actively erupting since 1983, to where it meets the ocean, and explored many other parts of the coastline that have been formed, destroyed and reshaped by the onslaught of lava.
I spent last weekend in a special little corner of Australia where the bush meets the ocean. There were lots of leaf-curling spiders’ webs around, but this one caught my attention because of the haphazard looking extension ‘downstairs’.
The homeowner, which would be a member of the orb-weaving spider family, was carefully tucked away inside its leaf. Can you spot it? It’s the brown curl in the middle of the big round web at the top.