The first draft of Menewood, the Hild sequel, is finished. Originally it was meant to cover Hild’s life from 18 to 33: marriage to joining the church. Instead, it covers just four years. But, wow, they are jam-packed years! Right the manuscript is 39 chapters, 1342 pages, and 285,500 words. I’ll be rewriting soon—at which point all those numbers will change. Will they go up or down? I don’t know yet.
As I rewrite I’ll be posting thoughts here: research, maps—many, many maps; maps are key—about settlement, travel, and battles. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time researching battles and fortifications. I’ve had to figure out army logistics and guerrilla warfare. Not to mention famine, parchment and ink production, long distance communication, water mills, the care and feeding and habits of horses, crop production, diplomacy, and, well, a zillion other things.
But honestly mostly I’ve spent time with maps, looking at vantage points, flooding, navigability, defensive sites, maintenance, and so on. If you have requests for what you’d especially like more detail on, drop a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.