Weekly Heart of the Sand update for the second week of November. Today I want to share some character and plot teases that I have locked down. None of these are spoilers.
In Sea of Storms there was a very real, raw conflict between High Priestess Lutessa and her Counsel of Faith, Father Stephen Francis. There was certainly a sense of unresolved issues between the characters towards the end of the novella — that will change in the coming months. It will not simply be a matter of one or the other finally acting against their rival. The threat of Trecht and a First Born hovers above them, and these forces will push one or both of them into action. This may be the climax or pushed towards the end of the story (I am undecided on this point). Suffice to say, the internal conflicts of Dalia will be a significant plot point, especially now that the Protectorate of the Faith must unfurl. Oh, and even though I did announce last week that Lutessa will remain a main perspective character (and Stephen will not), I caution not to read into that. I am not afraid to lay a blow to a main perspective character (see: Aldan Durand and Johnathan Falenir in Darkness Rising).
The other tease I would like to bring up is Jophiel and Amos. In Darkness Rising, the two of them had a conflict and Jophiel was certainly on the losing end of it. In fact, one of my favourite scenes from that work was when Amos appeared in the Temple of the Ancients and dominated his brother. The animosity betwixt the characters will be much more on screen (or on page if you will) and it will certainly be much deeper. These are two very, very important characters — arguably the most important characters in the Vessels of Power trilogy — and their decisions, judgements and actions will be on full display.
Now for a bit of bad news. The planning / pre-writing phase of Heart of the Sand is taking longer than expected. It mostly has to do with how many characters I have, the stories they need to tell, and the complexities of the narrative that will spawn from it. What this means is that I will not be pushing Heart of the Sand chapters to Wattpad before November is out. My original plan was to have six weeks of content published before Christmas rolled around (that would have been 12 out of 26 chapters). That target is unrealistic unless I rush (which I’m sure no one wants). Instead, if I started publishing in December, I would only be able to get out 6 chapters at most before Christmas. I do not think anyone wants to see a quarter of Heart of the Sand before the break. Instead, I will begin to publish in early January.
Here is the schedule.
The prologue will be published on Tuesday, January 5 / 2016 and the epilogue will come out on Thursday, March 31 / 2016.
Just like with Sea of Storms, I will publish a new chapter every Tuesday and Thursday.