Ishta’s Companion/Relics of War: Lack of Progress Report Two

Chapter Fifteen is still only about half paid for.

I’ve written Chapters Fifteen and Sixteen, and started Seventeen. Still don’t know how many there will be; if I really had to I could probably wrap it up in eighteen, twenty is much more likely, and it could easily go longer than that.

I’ve sent Chapter Fifteen to donors, and will be sending Chapter Sixteen shortly. I’m mildly unhappy that there’s a sort of political lecture stuck into some dialogue in Chapter Sixteen, but it’s in character and probably necessary.

What with jury duty and Thanksgiving coming up, I don’t know how productive I’ll be for the rest of the month.

Happy holidays, folks!

8 Responses to “Ishta’s Companion/Relics of War: Lack of Progress Report Two”

  1. Captain Button Says:

    When I saw the name Shasha I was wondering if it was someone we had seen before, but I realized it probably isn’t, since we are well before most of the books if I recall correctly.

  2. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    Nope, you’ve never seen Lady Shasha before. At least, not this one; I might’ve used the name for another character somewhere.

  3. WTB Says:

    Have you ever considered writing a book that takes place before the great war? Or even during the great war?

  4. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    This question comes up fairly often. The short answer is “no.”

    A somewhat longer answer is that I have written a story set during the Great War — the first part of The Misenchanted Sword. And that’s about as far back in time as I’m willing to go. Pretty much everything that interests me about Ethshar (and I do realize readers may not agree) is part of the post-war world. Writing anything set before about 4700 YS would require a huge amount of world-building for a story I don’t care about, so it’s not going to happen.

    Stuff set between 4700 and 4998 is not totally ruled out, but it’s much more likely to be a brief scene setting the stage for a post-war story than to be a story in its own right.

  5. Daryl Says:

    I know the magicians don’t normally know two types of magic, but have you ever thought of a character who need a little of multiple types?

  6. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    Sure; it’s in the works.

  7. Paul Says:

    Please go longer than twenty chapters. It would be much more interesting that way.

  8. Lawrence Watt-Evans Says:

    We’ll see how it works out. I’ll tell the story the way I think it should be told, however long that comes out.

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