Work in Progress: Brazen
Today I thought I’d share a little bit about something I’ve been working on recently. It’s a short story (currently about 50 pages) entitled, “A City Called Brazen”. It started out as a science fiction story in my head, but when I sat down to write it, it became a fantasy story instead. It takes place in a fictional Arabian sort of kingdom and centers around a love struck prince named Jabir. His older brother is next in line to take the throne and that is perfectly fine as far as the younger prince is concerned. But his country is at war and the nobility are growing restless and events are about to transpire that will threaten Jabir’s whimsical plans and force him to make decisions which will not only affect his future, but the future of the kingdom as well.
I think this might be the most action-packed story I’ve written. The second half of the original draft was actually written in one sitting with a fairly involved outline and my fingers literally could not type fast enough. Immediately after finishing it I had to read the story out loud to my family. I just got so caught up in it.
Since it was a fantasy story, I decided to hold off on publishing it until the Chronotrace Sequence was finished. That’s still the plan, but, since the final book of that series, Ascent of the Nebula, is currently with my editor, I decided to dust this one off while I’m waiting and get it ready for print. The plan is to hopefully release it shortly after the release of the last Chronotrace book.
In re-writing it, I decided to make the build up to the ending a bit more involved. The first version felt almost too fast. Hopefully this newer version fleshes out the world a little more, makes the main character’s motivations more clear, and provides a bit more suspense.
For the cover, my original thought was to put a scimitar on the front, but I wasn’t happy with the way it turned out. I like the final cover much better and I’ll be sharing that with you closer to the actual release of the short story. For now, though, here’s a version of the scimitar concept art that I did for the cover.
I wish I could tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. I hope that is enough to at least whet your appetite, though.
Well, that’s all I have in the way of updates for now. Until next time.