August 15th, 2006

Pirate Treasure

Resolution and Independence

So I progress with my new novel about building a bomber in World War II, and my ambitions for it are high, but what I have conceived is very hard in many ways to bring off, and when I compare the likely reward (in terms of dollars, not understanding or appreciation -- of that all a writer needs is a dollop, the word of a respected reader or two -- to the effort expended, I feel a familiar weariness.

So I have decided that next I will embark on a Fantasy Series.  The effort of composing should in such a series be in something much closer to an inverse ratio to the profits than obtains in my novels to date. 

I am inspired in this by Paul Park's moving away (reluctantly, maybe, but maybe not) from the wonderful, strong, unlike-anything-else books I first read of his (Gospel of Corax, Celestis) into a multivolume fantasy -- kid raised in ignorance by fosterers learns of her fated role as savior of society, or the world.  Princess of Roumania  though is too full of marvellous and unlikely things, an entire reimagined Europe ca. 1912, endless inventive other realms, an alarmingly tactile sense of five or six different cultures or milieus -- much too ambitious and original -- will not be rewarded commensurate with the effort expended.  Besides I can't think up stuff at the rate he does.

No, my series will be different.  The Mordegon  series will consist at first of a bunch of extremely long but easy to read (and write) books:  first, Swords of Mordegon; next, Knights of Mordegon, then Lords of Mordegon, Kings of Mordegon and  Emperor of Mordegon.  If those succeed (and how could they not?) I will add Pirates of Mordegon and Outlaws of Mordegon

This series is a surefire success. Of course I don't know the genre well enough really to just jump right in, so I thought if there is anyone who has any ideas that such a series ought to contain to make it fail-safe, I could collect them.  Percentages (minuscule) of the eventual profits to all ideas chosen.