I am now stepping out of the long history of the Tungri dwarves and introducing Aeneas, Wynda, Lorna, Tavin and Tavon: The Five Man Midget Death Squad. It's kind of nice to be able to write in a modern tone, but it was equally interesting to go through the journey that got me there.
Early on I wanted to present the dwarven world as they saw it. Since that equated to spoken word (a trait we humans held as well) that meant that I was (re)telling these stories as fables. If you go back far enough in any culture, fables/lore are what make up their history. It might not have always been the most accurate, but it def had its own way of going about things. For example, there was little to no dialogue, descriptions were brief, or nonexistent and it was typically kept short. There are exceptions to these trends and that can be seen in this book as well. Most of these stories run 500-2500 (2-10 pages), with the occasional important story hitting the 5000 (25 pages) mark. Right now, I've got about 10 completed, first draft, chapters.
The Death Squad chapters will def make up the bulk of this title and I think we will all be glad for this. It's hard to get behind and enjoy the characters in fables. They are rarely described well, lack depth and tend to be there just to make a point. I tried to not do this too much, as I still want it to be enjoyable, but I thought it would be fun to have a progression in the story telling style, as well as developing a history and culture for an entire race. In a way, I'm building an entire world (the Tungri) within a world (Chronicles of M), which also lives within a world extremely similar to our own, albeit hidden and mysterious.
Hopefully, that made sense to someone besides myself. I tend to write these blog posts not to simply say BUY MY BOOK, but to give some strange insights on what I'm trying to accomplish. Is this knowledge needed to enjoy the book(s)? Absolutely not. Think of it as a behind the scenes. At most, this is here to entertain and maybe bring to light things you might not have noticed in the stories. After all, who would really read this book and notice the slight changes in story telling until it had long since past?
I may be getting a little to artsy with this book, but hopefully the steam punk adventures of the Death Squad will round that out for everyone. :)