Styles, POVs, and NaNo

With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those who are not writers) starting Saturday at midnight, I’ve been looking over my plans for the next Corvus Rex book as well as Arcadia book two, which I’m working on with Kenneth Mader. I’ll be going deep, digging into writing, art, and more writing and balancing it all with my day job as much as possible, so social media will be kept at something of a distance to avoid distractions. I’ll check in on daily nibbles of news, just enough to keep up with the world out there. My goal is not to finish these books all within November (though if I take off and manage to do just that, I’m not going to complain) but to get as far as possible into them, to reignite the prolific ability I had years ago to focus on a story and get it on the screen and saved so that 2021 can open with some new and fresh adventures to share.

That said, I’ve been thinking about the narrative I chose for Corvus Rex, something which is almost comparable to Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire in format with the first person narration (though her arcing format is third person past tense), except that I chose to place mine in completely first person present tense, with a past tense jump as Yuri Corvinus tells his story. The perspective, however, is not his alone. Occasionally his companion, Kvasir, makes an interjection. The whole time, the POV itself does not shift from Yuri’s as we hear and see Kvasir speaking through Yuri’s perspective. On top of this, both characters literally are mind readers. Their telepathy gives them something of an omniscient edge in the narrative so the trick here is to keep the sense of “head hopping” clear and straight forward as to why it’s being utilized. It’s rather challenging where a first person narrative is concerned.

Another thing to keep in mind with this series is that just because the narrator is in what is the present day of 1908 telling the story does not mean that all is well with him. He might have survived the situation (as an immortal being he has no choice but to survive it), but that does not mean all is well with him or will remain well. There is a plan for Corvus Rex, a progression from telling three feature stories from Yuri’s past over books one to three before those events prove to not really be purely buried in the past as they seem. By book four, we’ll see the accumulation of these events and the toll that they are taking on our hero, his companions, and even his followers (yes, Yuri has followers – but that’s another story).

Nestled between these books there are interludes of anthologies, side tales that are important but do not really warrant an entire novel, though a novella or two may occur pending how much a story may expand itself. Some of these stories and novellas will be in a more standard third person past tense like many novels, but that will depend on what I feel fits the tale and how I should bring it to you. There is an organic process to be followed here, and it’s exciting anticipating what dreams may come.

So this is me, taking a big step back and prepping to dive into the Dreamlands and the Realm (see Arcadia: Afterlife written as J.K. Ishaya with Kenneth Mader), and have some serious Alice-level adventures. For all of my fellow authors out there about to undertake their own challenges in November, I wish you the best of luck.

An early character study for Yuri, more vampire than where the character eventually ended up in development.