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Roger E. Eichorn's Blog: Fantasy, Philosophy, and whatever else I feel like writing about
I’ve spent much of the past several weeks on world-building. I was working off a foundation (of histories and maps) compiled about six years ago. Aspects of both have gradually changed over the years, but I’d not gone to the trouble of recording and consolidating the changes.
I’m particularly pleased with my new maps. (I still have two more to make: one of the Continent and the Big One, which covers an area 6k miles by 4k miles.) Also, it took me way too long, but I finally figured out how to post both the maps and my genealogy in a way that allows viewers to click on the smaller images inserted on the Pages in order to access the full-size images. You’d think this would be easy to do, but it’s stupidly confusing.
Long story short: The ground is firming up under my feet. I’m ready to fucking go…
The blog was down for about six months or so, partly because I just wasn’t producing posts (I still haven’t even finished my “Compositional History”!), but also because, to my great consternation, I ended up scrapping what I’d written and starting over again.
The goal of the opening chapters has got to be accessibility, and the way I’d started the book was simply too demanding: it virtually required that readers get through the first hundred pages in one sitting! I think the new version is far superior — not only in terms of accessibility, but also in terms of quality.
Interestingly, everything started coming together when I revisited some of the stand-out chapters from the original version of Three Roses, which was finished in 2001-02. That version of the book (whose story corresponds with Book Six of the series as currently envisioned) as a whole was a mess, but certain parts of it were (if I do say so myself) astonishingly good. I hadn’t read, and had hardly even thought about, any of that old-old material in over a dozen years. Revisiting it proved to be something of a revelation.
How awesome is it when you find great writing from which you can steal with utter impunity? After all, I’m only stealing from myself!
More on this when I finally write the final entry in my “Compositional History,” which will be soon.
On another topic, I’ve had the great good fortune to read the latest volume of Scott Bakker‘s series, The Great Ordeal. It’s set to be released soon. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’ve got to say: Chapters 12 and 13 left me breathless, both of them. They’re deep, harrowing, and thrilling, all at once. The book is a monumental achievement, and yet I have the feeling it’s only beginning, that the real shit’s gonna go down in the next book, The Unholy Consult.
Check out the trailer for Bakker’s series.