Ah, the end to a wonderful journey. Leah and I got stuck in Amsterdam overnight, with the storm that is currently hovering over the North Sea delaying our flights by a day. Hopefully, I should be on my way back over to British soil in the next half hour. It has been one hell of a journey across six countries, but we will be glad to get back to our home in Exeter.
As the wonderful Leah and I continue our journey across Europe, I find my brain buzzing with ideas for the world of Aquis. While most if not the entire novel will take place in the eponymous city, A larger world is forcing its way into existance. I’ve seen some wonderful places on these travels, particularly Monaco, and Aquis is demanding attention from my subconcious. I literally had to tack in a temporary notes section on the bottom of the draft I was working on on the train to deal with all the geopolitics that are blossoming in this brave new world of mine.
Sitting in my hotel in Paris at the minute, safe away from the shootings and bombings in the city tonight. My partner Leah and I have been here all week on holiday, but we are safe. It’s absolutely awful. Just three hours beforehand, we were in Disneyland Paris where the castle had the word “peace” projected across it in four languages. A shame that there are those in this world who seek to bring about violence in the cultural heart of Europe. My thoughts go out to the people trapped in the city tonight.
Edit- The following morning, Leah and I walked out into the city to buy supplies. As many did, we decided to spend the day inside, keeping out of the way of the police investigation, and so wanted a few supplies.
Paris on the 14th of November was a changed place. The shops bustled with families picking up food and other necessities- but everything was oddly quiet. The only sounds to be heard were the voices of children, those too young to understand what was happening.
The Clouds of Escalion has just had its final proofread from me- and is off with Magic Oxygen Publishing. My second book is now, at least so far as the text is concerned, complete. Ah, I cannot wait to hold the first physical copy in my hand.
Anyhow, I am about to mount a large expedition across Western Europe with my partner Leah, so that is rather exciting. Three weeks, adventuring across France and Italy. Much excitement, very hype.
Been rather absorbed in The Wheel of Time recently, an excellent fantasy series by the late Robert Jordan. I thought I would share a work in progress painting I had been working on of the protagonist, Rand al’Thor. This is only a small chunk of a much larger painting, which I have been spending an inordinate amount of time on. The full version will have both Mat and Perrin in there as well; you can just about see the sketchy brim of Mat’s hat floating in the top corner.