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It's time to take a new direction with the blog. For the past week, I've been a bit reluctant to write much here, mainly because I've been concentrating on writing the novel itself and I was getting a little bored with just constantly reporting on my progress. Frankly, I reckon it had become a little one dimensional and, for you, the reader, it's probably becoming a bit of a drag, as I'm not really saying much about the characters or plot! Naturally, I still want to keep the plot under wraps a bit at present. However, I reckon it's time to start saying a bit more about the characters, and to do this I'm going to need to include something about the background. I hope you find it interesting, without spoiling too much if and when you ever get to read the book! So, without any further ado, let me introduce you to Patrick Kynaston…..
Patrick is the central character of the book. The story mainly revolves around him and his experiences. Patrick is like me, Shropshire born and bred. He's in his mid-thirties, tall and athletic in build. Having survived 'the collapse', he is now in the service of a warlord who controls an area of land in Northern Shropshire. Ten years previously (the story is set ten years after the catastrophe which presaged the collapse of Western civilization), he was in the Police, having joined at a young age. He served several years before the descent into anarchy destroyed civil administration in Britain. Eventually, he became a 'bondsman' and warrior in the service of the warlord.
He was tough and adaptable enough to survive those years, but the resultant disease and famine in the wake of the collapse meant that he lost family close to him, something which he had to live with during those hard years. Now, his world is about to face further upheaval as a new military threat makes a move on his master's territory. After surviving a bloody battle forming part of a campaign to secure the Welsh marches, he manages to escape and begin an arduous journey into Wales, eventually arriving at Llanberis. There, he learns something of his true destiny, closely related to his own lineage. However, the forces which would oppose him and his destiny are not far behind….
Well, just a few lines to introduce you to Patrick. Eventually, you should be able to read about his adventures (or misadventures) when I finally complete the novel. In fact, I hope to place a draft of the novel on a website called 'Authonomy'. The purpose of this site is to act as 'showcasing facility' for new writers and their work. You need to put work on there of at least ten thousand words before you make the text public. I reckon I might have hit that already, but still I'd like to finish the current draft and edit it before proceeding. Then, again I'll see how it goes. The site allows others to read the material and critique it before it is complete, so it would be very helpful. I certainly know I need to improve my style of writing to ensure that my work ever had a good chance of getting into print!
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