Today I planned out the next part of the Anarchy – the travails of King Stephen in securing his throne, right up until the point Matilda turned up on his shore. Things were pretty anarchic even before the Angevins showed up!
Today I present Prelude To A Civil War – The Origins Of The Anarchy, part 2 of the English Civil War series, where we learn that it is one thing for a man to found a kingdom, but quite another for his descendants to pass it on. Brotherly rivalry sets the stage for a single shipwreck to drive the entire realm into eighteen years of war.
Today I wound up writing a lot more about the fractious relationship between the sons of William the Conqueror that I intended. Good fun stuff, though, and I think I’ve set the stage well for the Anarchy. Now to polish it, illustrate it, and plan out the next one!
Today I planned out the next historical installment – the events leading up to the first truly major English civil war, the 18 years period known as the Anarchy. Hope to get it out in the next few days.
Wrote up my first article on the first English Civil war (at least according to my loose reckoning), the Revolt Of The Earls. Tomorrow I will clean it up, add pictures and some links, create a parent page and stick it up here. Look forward to it! That is an order!
After managing to get through the new 8 chapters of first draft novel madness, I reckon I need a break. So it’s back to trivialising history, this time English Civil Wars and Rebellions. Probably concentrate on the more obscure ones – first up will be the very first English civil war of the post-Hastings era, less than ten years after 1066. Don’t know how long it’ll take me to produce parts of this – depends on research, time and how easy it is to find illustrations. But it’ll be fun, I’m sure. Currently got at least ten possible entries planned out – maybe more!
The first draft of my first novel is finished – again!
Yes, once again I have written the words “The End” at the bottom of a manuscript. I’m really glad I decided to junk and rewrite the last fifth, it’s by far a better book for it.
So all that’s left is two or three rounds of revision on those final chapters, and then get to planning out the next one!
Chapter 31 is done! Only one more chapter to go and I’ll have finished this novel for the second time. Need to look at my original final chapter and see what I can salvage from it – the last paragraph needs to be deleted with extreme prejudice, but some of it might hold up.
Halfway through the penultimate chapter, and the pieces are literally being put together. One last mystery remains – that and the inevitable fiery climax.