15,000. fifteen thousand. 15k.
There’s a lot of ways you can say it, but the best way is that I’ve written fifteen thousand words of The Devil’s Regiment, and I am seriously chuffed over this.
The most fun part of writing a fantasy serial, though, is starting to bring in the little elements that make up the fantasy universe. In the case of both High Moon Rising and Order of Britain, it’s the concept of the void. The idea behind the void is that all the mythical creatures such as dragons, elves, goblins and the like had to go somewhere when humanity drove them out, so they fled outside the universe into the timeless nothing.
Magic is a product of manipulating the void, and as Magical creatures, they can pretty much manipulate it to their hearts content, making homes, towns…and cities.
Of course, it would be a bit too much if they were left unrestricted, and that’s where The Girl comes in. To manage a group of immortal beings with no concept of time, you need a mortal being who does.
I have plans for The Girl Who Stands at The Centre Of Time, and I think you’ll like them – especially once I start explaining her background.
Anyway, sometimes the void leaks into our universe, and crystallises – and that’s where we get the Void Stones. The power that creates universes, in a form you can hold in one hand.
Deus in lapidibus.