So, I’m about 45,000 words into the novel, and at about the half-way point. For a first draft, it is coming together nicely. Since I am having to do this in spare time and the weekends, I feel like I am making a fairly good pace.
The book is The Book of Dahlia, and it is a first book for a series that has the working title of The Shalin Cycle. The book, in a short blurb, is about a young man named Devon who is undergoing some unusual changes within himself and coming to terms with the result of them. The name-sake of the book is a psychic Vampire named Dahlia, who attends his high school as an eternal Senior. He’s attracted her attention because someone has taken to raping and killing female students, and she suspects that it is him.
I am looking at a few challenges with the book and the series. The first challenge is one that I realized when writing a section tonight. I have several elements in the book that will become very important in later books, though in this novel, they are little more than a side-tale. The second is that I am slowly stepping my readers into a very complex and fantastic world. In the beginning their introduction to the supernatural will be a psychic Vampire and shared dreams. As the second book progresses, though, that is going to quickly change and the third book is going to step that up further. I’m really going to be asking a great deal of my readers to follow along with me, and I know that if I do it well, they will follow.
I’m looking forward to the challenge.
edit: The Shalin Cycle has been changed to the Shulim Cycle.