For today’s post, think I’ll talk about another project I’ve been writing off and on for a while now. This story’s working title is Glory of the Sea, but its folder labels it as boat race. I’ve put a lot of work into it. The word count is sitting at 20000. Started it in late 2019. Of the drafts I haven’t completed, this one has some clear goals. The only problem is I’m struggling to get there.
It all centers around a young, weak-eyed navigator named Aesop who wishes to escape his poor farm life for adventure on the sea. A wealthy, ambitious young man named Kwan makes that happen by hiring him to company him on a great race across the sea. However, Kwan is not a pleasant employer, throwing most of his bitterness at life toward young Aesop, who can’t stand up for himself. Bringing this duo to a trio, a one-armed warrior woman named Ria serves Kwan’s every whim while keeping Aesop in line. Her intentions are an enigma. Together, they enter the most dangerous boat trip known to man.
On their journey, they will go from island to island, fighting pirates, riding sea creatures, and battling dragons to reach the end. A main inspiration for this story is Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. Got me interested in a seafaring adventure. Might need to revisit C.S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
One part I love about writing this story is that this world has a rich history that many don’t believe in. For instance, books and sailor stories speak of monsters out in the ocean, but to those that never sailed, these are no more than fairy tale. Are they real or the ramblings of mad men who lost part of themselves out at sea? This is a fun element to the story in my opinion. For the culture’s legends and realities, I’m trying to draw from real-world mythology. It’s a habit of mine to look at mythology for names because they have a fantastical nature to them while being believable names. Also, there’s plenty of stories linked to those names that I can draw from, adding a layer of richness to the characters and settings.
My hardest road block is struggling with the early chapters. As of right now, Aesop is meant to be an exceptional navigator though he’s never been to sea. Kwan tests him to see if he’s worth bringing aboard. I need to show Aesop’s adequacy in the most believable way possible. Perhaps it’s due to my own basic knowledge of seafaring. Who am I kidding? Course it is. Might need to research everything a tad more. Mull things over, but I’m thinking that there could be a good work around for it.
Well, that wraps it up for this one. If you have any questions for me, let me know. Thanks for stopping by. Got plenty of work left to do before the sun sets. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later.