Official title will be: Dar Tania II: Set's Dream
Because this continues the time thread of Dar Tania's life and features many familiar and new characters from that story. Though I have mentally thought of this as "Syliri & Bruce" for years, I have to admit that reading Christopher Tolkein's "Beren and Luthien" made me consider a less romantic title.
It's a strange thing to write a book. I have so many friends who talk about it, and I've read so much about doing it. Until you actually write an entire book though, the ecstatic rush of certain parts just won't make sense. I get a massive creative surge in my writing at these points:
- I've decided what story to tell. There is an outline. I can see the story in my mind.
- I've written enough (usually several 10s of 1000s of words) that the ideological and action climax become crystal clear to me.
- I get art submissions. Paganus has illustrated all of my book covers so far against submissions by some 40 illustrators. He nails it. In this case, I've got edits back from my editor and several test readers have provided feedback. Getting this draft cover today made my June 29th.
I feel inspired to to wrap this up.
Also, for those that must know, I have started drafting the next story. If you've followed the other books, you'll have no doubt caught reference to the ancient civilization of Merakor. At the end of Bomoki's Gate, Ynt'taris rewarded Marcello with a map and passage to Merakor. You have Orcus' rotting corpse polluting Bloodstone and King Malcor is busy preventing smugglers from stealing bits of the God of Necromancy. When Thieves moves against Thieves, and the best thief is leaving for Merakor, what will happen to Perdition, the Tanian Thieves' Guild's throne? The Soran Guilds are ready to make their move.