Progress has been slow on finishing the Princelings series, mainly because of non-writing commitments and also because of world events. As Jemima says: it is very hard to write the events leading up to a revolution when all around us, madness that is stranger than fiction seems to be taking us in the same direction - revolution in the real world.
Nevertheless, Jemima is settling into her writing boots through April, updating her progress at Camp Nanowrimo. The aim is to write the story - if not the completely nuanced books - for the last two in the series.
The Chronicles of Marsh is an opportunity for Fred (King of Castle Marsh) to reflect on how it all came to the tipping point of revolution. That has to be a book in itself, but the scenes that Fred remembers, or gets Willoughby to research, will help avid readers understand the descent into revolution that starts the final book - as it stands now, that is.
Princelings Revolution has to fulfill the epilogue of the very first book. Prince Engineer George has to invent a flying machine that reliable crosses the Great Western Sea with a cargo on board. It sounds so simple... yet events in the realms will conspire to block his progress, and potentially bring down the fabric of their society.
And what's stopping me most, probably, is the thought of writing all the pain that Fred and George are going to go through as their world is shattered.
'World is shattered'. I expect most of us are either watching events in other countries or embroiled in them ourselves, and feeling our own world is shattered.
Sombre days indeed.