mackknopf: (False Gods)

Tagline: "Mutant Gods"

Egypt's first atheist, a scribe, and a true believer, a priestess, find their lives troubled by Amun, the Hidden God, thought long dead when the current pantheon took over.  Five thousand years ago, they travel to the capital city of the Two Lands, now one, to ask help from Osiris, king of the gods and pharaoh.  However, Set, god of chaos and corruption, is the true power behind their misfortunes.  Khamaat and Mereyeta must set the gods back on their proper courses, defeat Amun and then Set, and somehow accept that they, too, have become like the gods.  The ability to shape the energy of the sun runs in the bloodline and comes out at the point of death when a person refuses to die.  For the gods are all too human, and their religion is false.  Or is it?  What does it mean to become a god, and what does it mean to be human?


I've been in touch with the writing group I mentioned previously, and supposedly they're meeting this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  However, no one's announced where the meeting place is, so I'm a little concerned.  I hope that A) it hasn't fallen apart already and B) I haven't already been uninvited!  This is a former graduate creative writing class that was taught by professor and author Kerry Madden last semester.  They decided to stay together once the class ended.  I spoke with Dr. Madden at the university party about wanting to improve my writing, and she introduced me by email to this group.  Now I just hope they actually meet.

I've been daydreaming scenes and plotting again, and I need to rework my outline -- not drastically, but trying to fill in holes and places where I needed more of a framework to go off of.  For those who tell me, "Just write," if I do something this big without an outline, I find I spend too much time figuring out where I'm going next.  Having a structure really cuts down on hitting my head on the desk in frustration and frees me to get scenes done that are less likely to need removing for tangency.

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I've finally decided to take the plunge and start working again on my novel False Gods, with the intention of finally finishing a draft.  Committing to a project like this is a major undertaking and will require much discipline, but it's only a few pages a day, right?  Those few pages, if done consistently, will add up to a completed manuscript, hopefully.  Then I can start revising it, mail it off to a publisher, and start work on another book while I'm waiting.  (Or maybe I won't do another book, I'll just have to see.)  I've been noodling around with FG, much as one would strum a few chords on the guitar.  I've been working on the outline and doing some research reading, but I'm almost done with both of those.  I just need to sit down with the outline and decide where Book One ends.

Book One, you say?  Well, I'd originally intended to write one complete novel.  More and more, I'm thinking it needs to be two or three (a trilogy, even), unless I drastically cut chapters.  That's why I'm working on the outline.  As projected now, Book One would have a definite ending -- the heroes kill the villainous god Amun -- and then leave them with the even bigger problem of the god Set, who then takes control of Amun's army to overthrow his brother, the Pharaoh Osiris.  So there would be a climax, some resolution, and a cliffhanger for Book Two.  I'm actually not sure about what would happen in Book Three.  I appear to have enough plot to fill only two books, which is an unwieldy number seldom seen or sold in stores. Everyone wants a stand-alone or a trilogy (or quartet, quintet, and in Robert Jordan's case, an almost unlimited number of novels in the series).  My goal is to write one book and see how it goes, instead of putting the cart before the horse and worrying too much about future novels.  However, I very much want to tell my complete story, so I need to figure out what it will take to do that.

I do have a new idea, if I ever get there, for a future novel set in present day of an alternate future timeline.  The two main characters from FG have a daughter (Ma'at, goddess of justice), who joins forces with the surviving Set to oppose a coalition of tyranical gods.  If he can't rule the world, no one can!  Set and Ma'at may even find unlikely romance together in this world where Egypt is a major power, and the nations are ruled by the gods of each pantheon.  Basically, the genetic mutation that gave Egyptian gods their power has either spread through the gene pool or evolved separately.  Christianity, led by an immortal, reborn Jesus, struggles as an underground to fight these deities.  I'm not sure if I want to do the last part, but the idea is intriguing.
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