I do not think that the question is: “Will it ever happen?” but “When?” I for one, am comfortably mired in the “How” of my Novella, “The Redemption of Anaìr.” I had printed out the rough draft a few weeks ago, but upon reflection found it to be quite a haphazardly structured collection of junk which I could not attach my name to.
At present, I am drawing a close to my first draft of the first part of the
book, finding a better clarity with regard to instances such as structure and
point of view. My goal is to tell this story – which can be finished in a
sitting or two – in the standard novella format of three acts from the
perspective of my protagonist, Anaìr.
Anaìr, as a character, contrasts the military veneer of the story, as he is
not a soldier by choice, instead, he wishes to pursue a career as an artist. He
is also a form of anti-hero and is (or at least was up until the current
storyline) quite a flawed man as readers will later discover. I feel that
character development and growth – although a challenging topic – should be a
central aspect of any good story and I have had quite a bit of fun writing
about somebody who is different to myself, if not completely in outlook, then
in personality and habit. Anybody who is familiar with the Myers and Briggs 16PF should
know that I am using the ISFP type as a basis for Anaìr’s personality. Though
an individual and an artist Anaìr has been conditioned into a highly
competent military commander by his experiences and being a highly innovative
and creative individual actually compensates for his dislike of organizational
structures. As a writer who has served in a military which prizes and
encourages innovation and ingenuity from the earliest stages of command, I feel
that this combination of experience and character help make my protagonist a
highly formidable adversary in his theatre of war.
The country which Anaìr hails from, “Solatus,” is invaded by
foreigners who appear to be a collection of societies, mostly based upon the
feudal system of old. This stands in quite a stark contrast the more
state-orientated socialist matriarchy (which expressly prohibits heads of
households from holding land or title) which my protagonist was raised in. The
theme then puts the traditionally “fantasy / medieval” society of
Nobles, Knights, Men-at-arms and their levies – in the form of the
“Orvinarr” against a small nation of civic militarists in the form of
the “Solati.” One must also point out that the invading feudalists
consider themselves more of a group of “warrior nations” than the
defenders, who tend to see civic militarism as an obligation to the State and
the rightful duty of all pure-blooded Solati Citizens. Still, the common
soldiers on both sides are conscripted or levied to fight, yet I feel that one
can definitely call it a clash of cultures as well as a clash of nations.
In addition to this, I have added the points of view of two minor characters
whom I hope will fill major roles in future novellas of the series. These
scenes are not as extensive as those of the Protagonist as I feel that it is
unwise to deviate points of view within the brevity of a 30-40k word novella as
opposed to a longer novel.
There is also supernatural / fantasy element of course. There is a reason
that people have been so unwilling to invade Solatus over the centuries and as
the story unfolds, one realizes that it is not mere superstition which has
deterred invaders in the past…
A link to the previously published short story of the same name can be found
I hope to have a novella ready by the time the rights revert back to me in
another five months.