Writing Project: Dorian — Update 1

My current writing project is a fantasy novel. Its working title is Dorian: Book One in the Brel Chronicles. This will actually be the second novel I’ve written in this series. The first one was the first novel I ever wrote, many moons ago, called Dilei the Interceder. I doubt it will ever see the light of day, but it was a great experience. Now, it mostly serves me as raw material for world building.

I actually plotted out most of this book a few years back, but I put it on hold along with my other writing projects when I became a dad and suddenly had no time for anything else but parenting. Now I’m thrilled to be back in the world of Brel.

I began creating this setting when I was a teenager, and it has grown far beyond what I imagined back then. In the intervening years, its history has grown large, spanning about 20,000 years. This book will cover only a few weeks of that history, but you will get glimpses of the larger story throughout.

I don’t want to give spoilers here, but I do want to spark your interest. So here are a few tidbits.

Brel is the name of a planet. Its solar system is located at the very end of one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy. This vantage point gives its people a very different perspective on the universe than we have from planet earth. I think you’ll enjoy seeing the night sky on Brel.

The native people of Brel are the Tente (pronounced with long A’s, like May Day). Their species, like most of the other animal life there, is tri-gendered. Rather than male and female, the Tente people have three sexes: tê, mê, and sê (also long A’s). I love exploring the interpersonal dynamics of these people partly because they are very different from our own. I’ve learned a lot about them over the years, and, despite the obvious differences, there are also striking parallels with us.

There are two other intelligent species on Brel. One is the Kroiute, a powerful but very mysterious race. Only four individuals of this race have ever lived on Brel, but the planet’s entire history has been largely driven by these beings. The other species is the human race, known in Brel as the Zhote. How humans got there is buried in ancient Brelyan history. The interrelations of these three species are behind most of the stories I’ll be telling in this world.

I’ll be spending the next week or two finishing up my planning phase. I never plan out an entire book in detail ahead of time, but I do like to have most of the scene ideas ready to go. They inevitably end up changing radically as I write and constantly discover new things about the characters. Writing is a fun process unlike any other.

I’ll post periodic updates here as I go along.

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About Richard Ewald

Author of Suspense and Fantasy Novels

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