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Harm’s Way

 

I’m ready to begin the first, rough draft of Harm’s Way, the third and final book in the Jago trilogy.

I’m stuffed to the gills with notes and ideas, snippets of conversation, narrative trajectories, characters. Was going to wait until the New Year – it’s not due out till Spring ’24 – but I might start soon.

I want to see how things play out.

 

Harm’s Way

I began working on the Jago trilogy in 2016. Took a while to get going but I produced the first book, Jago, in 2020.

Jester followed earlier this year, 2022.

The final book, Harm’s Way will appear in 2024.

I’m already sketching notes for it. Fragments. Characters. Scenes. I know how it ends, I know the main players. I know how it ties everything up into a neat, dark, but possibly uplifting ending, or at least an ending with promise. And I know that Johnny Harm – The Man with the Plan – is key.

I. Can’t. Wait.

Harm’s Way

 

Busy developing the story for Harm’s Way, the third and final part of the Jago trilogy.

I think the central thrust of the story is that these people have a purpose. There’s no fat, no excess, in their lives. They each have an active role to play in the continued existence of their people. They each are engaged in their own, ongoing struggle to survive, within which confines they attempt to contribute to the greater good.

And somewhere below that are the demons that they carry – Jesse’s childhood trauma, Johnny’s dark past, and in the case of Mother Harm, the ruthless nature that means she bonds with some for life, while others she can she can walk away from, as if they don’t exist.

“She’s wilful,’ Dakota explained. But that doesn’t get halfway towards her true nature.

I’m looking forward to writing this.

 

 

In the novel Jester, Jesse is brought up to practice a type of behaviour that is intensely focused on self-perfection. He believes that if he can visualise himself doing a thing, he can do it, and he is willing to do the hard work to make it so.

There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

 

 

Jester

I completed the final edit of Jester. I’m pleased with it. Very pleased. It turned out better than I thought, and the break I took from editing that to do the script for Jago meant that I returned to it with clear eyes. I could read through and spot the errors.

There will still be some things I miss, and things I might consider changing, but it’s done. Best to walk away rather than chew on ever-decreasing circles of editing that lead nowhere.

Got to do the cover now. I’m torn between the image Lucas did for me, and another idea I have.

Then some publicity.

Then onto the next thing.

Jester

I’m working through Jester – doing a final edit – and really enjoying it. For a long time it was going to be called Little Blade because one of the things about Jester Scout is that he has a lot of names, and none of them are his real name.

But it’s an origin story – it tells of how he became Jester. So in the end, that has to be the title of the book, even though Little Blade is probably a better title.

So next year there’s only one book to be released, which is Jester. Lucas has done me a cover, which is great, and it should be ready February or March.

Harm’s Way

 

Having set aside the second draft of Little Blade, I began the first tentative steps of the first draft of the third and final book in the trilogy, Harm’s Way.

I’m just going to sketch out the structure. There’s a lot of plotting in this one, so I need to start carefully, ‘cos everything I do now will affect what happens later. Beyond that first sketch, I’ll let it flower in my imagination a bit before doing any more.