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In recent posts, I’ve mentioned that there are four POV characters in my current novella, The Tale of the Drakanox, and that they all appeared in previous novellas. Several of those stories ended at a point where the characters were “safe… for now.” This novella will follow some of them further on their journeys. However, it will be through other points of view.

In case you were wondering, these are the new POV characters and what’s at stake for them.

1) Sergeant Piyaro, leader of Hawk Squad. He was Cylass’ commanding officer in Dancer in the Grove of Ghosts and something of a father figure. Since the events of that story, Piyaro has been struggling to keep Hawk Squad together.

2) Shonn, from the water folk in The Ice Witch of Fang Marsh. He could have been Meven’s lover, except for a couple of minor things that happened. Maybe he thinks he has another chance with her.

3) Duessa, one of the escaped prisoners from the Larder in Prisoners of the Wailing Tower. She has to decide if she’s ready to trust Alemin, Lorrah, and the women of Badger Squad.

4) Ar-Lizelle is another Prisoners alumna. She was the warden of the Larder until her younger sister, Lorrah, helped everybody break out. Now disgraced, Ar-Lizelle has been ordered to recapture the fugitives by any means necessary. It’s a perfect vehicle for her revenge.

Although I’m not looking for any more POV characters, I’m definitely interested in hearing whether any of you have other favorite side characters. Maybe one of them can make a cameo appearance!


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Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing on my winter break. Normally I take the holidays off to allow for family events, but this year for pandemic reasons we haven’t/aren’t going to do that. Both my husband and kid are working most days, so I’ve had the house to myself.

With that time, I’ve been able to really dig in and work on The Tale of the Drakanox. So far this week I’ve gotten about 2,250 words down. My expected output would usually be closer to 1,600 for a full five days, so that’s amazing progress.

For comparison, most of these novellas have been 30 – 40,000 words. I usually have 2 POV characters and estimate 20,000 words for each to have a satisfying arc. Drakanox has started out with 4 POV characters. That could run up to 80,000 if each character gets the full 20,000 words. That’s more of a short novel than a novella, but maybe it suits for the climax of a six-novella series.

My total so far is 17,300 words on Drakanox, and I’m pretty well into it. I still have 3 days left to work on the story. However, tomorrow is my booster shot, and that’s likely to slow me down. It’s been a little scary to see the project grow so quickly, but it’s also a pretty good way to end the year.


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